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“I only wish these books had been available when I was doing my degree. So many topics I found unclear years ago are clarified. Now I can think for myself and not blindly follow what others tell me.”
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Written in a clear, lucid style Philosophy will capture and hold your imagination. It helps you not only to understand the ideas, but to process them so you can make them you own, and recall and use them confidently. Each chapter has note structures to guide you as you read. Conceptual time lines show you how philosophers and movements in ideas interrelate. And fascinating insights into the lives and ideas of philosophers enrich and deepen your understanding.
For the teacher the book is broken down into manageable units with exercises, questions and suggested reading at the end of each chapter, making it easier to design courses around it. In the companion website there is a wealth of material designed to make the teaching of the subject more effective, including questions, exercises, tables and diagrams all of which can be downloaded and used in your teaching.
Incorporating traditional, non-
“Whenever we study a subject for the first time we need a book that is clear and interesting, from which it is easy to learn.
Philosophy is all of those things.”
This engaging book is the most comprehensive introduction to be found in one volume. But Philosophy is not just an introduction to the content of the subject: step by step it also teaches you the method – how to philosophize. This you will see illustrated in the lives and ideas of philosophers: how they defined the problems and set about solving them.
Philosophy is an exciting and captivating subject, posing questions about the most fundamental issues that shape our lives. Although it often appears to be a difficult subject with complex concepts and arguments, this book offers you a clear and accessible way to explore the philosophical landscape with simple and effective ways to develop both your understanding and confidence.
Comments by reviewers
‘It is a project rarely attempted now, in fact I cannot think of another example of an introductory text to philosophy that comes anywhere close to the author’s seam-
‘It’s a book I would have very much wished to have had when I first studied philosophy. It is consistently engaging and lucid. It never patronises the reader…It is historically informed without being a history of philosophy, and it covers a lot of philosophical ground. This is really a remarkable achievement for a lone author.’ Students will ‘… encounter a fine illustration of what it is like to do philosophy, rather than just describe and summarise it.’ – Dr Damian Cox, Bond University, Australia
‘Dr Greetham does an excellent job integrating interest in the history, problems and people that constitute philosophy.’ – Chris Ciocchetti, Assistant Professor, Centenary College, USA
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