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Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology

ISBN: 9780199797271
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition: 4
Publication Date: 2011-10-14
Number of pages: 720
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Extensively revised and expanded in this fourth edition, Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology is a uniquely accessible and engaging introduction to philosophy. Steven M. Cahn brings together exceptionally clear recent essays by noted philosophers and supplements them with influential historical sources. Most importantly, the articles have been carefully edited to make them understandable to every reader. The topics are drawn from across the major fields of philosophy and include knowledge and skepticism, mind and body, freedom and determinism, the existence of God, identity and immortality, ethical reasoning, abortion, euthanasia, world hunger, democracy, social justice, art, and life and death. The readings are enhanced by concise introductions, study questions, explanatory notes, and suggestions for further reading.

NEW TO THE FOURTH EDITION:

* More than fifty new readings greatly expand the book's coverage and its flexibility for course use

* More than half of the new readings are "Historical Sources," which introduce students to philosophical classics and help them understand the contemporary selections

* Four new sections--Identity and Immortality, Social Justice, Art, and Life and Death--extend the anthology's range into areas that today's students find especially compelling

* Study Questions after each reading help students test their comprehension and encourage class discussion

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