Introduction to Philosophy

(First Edition)
Edited by Devonya Havis
©2018, 258 pages

Paperback list price: $ 118.95

Cognella Direct Ebook: $84.95

You save $34 (29%)

Learn about all formats available for adoption

Bookstore Managers: contact to place an order

Customize Introduction to Philosophy

* Required Fields

Your Customization
Introduction to Philosophy

In stock


    The reader Introduction to Philosophy challenges students to develop critical and analytical thinking skills by exploring substantive primary texts in philosophy. In addition to familiar, foundational philosophy texts, the book includes sections on service learning and Jesuit tradition as a way to focus on issues of justice, social responsibility, and the role of the individual in society.

    The text opens with a reading on the what, why, and how of critical thinking to prepare students to fully and successfully engage with later material. This is followed by selections from great thinkers including Plato, Descartes, Kierkegaard, William James, Kant, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Students consider topics such as obedience to authority, the will to believe, the common good, and education for social justice and social action.

    Introduction to Philosophy cultivates the habit of mind needed in the process of seeking answers to questions. Even more importantly, the material teaches students how to ask the questions themselves. Fostering individual thought through in-depth examination of seminal material, the book is well-suited to beginning courses in the discipline.

    Devonya Havis earned her Ph.D. at Boston College and is now an associate professor of philosophy at Canisius College in New York. Dr. Havis's areas of specialization include the philosophy of race, African American philosophy, and continental philosophy.
    Formats and Bulk Order Pricing for Confirmed Adoptions

    Publisher Direct Versions — Available through the Cognella Student Store for confirmed adoptions

    Best Value!
    Publisher Direct Ebook Publisher Direct ebooks are available in your Cognella account immediately after purchase and provide access for 180 days. Our ebooks run on RedShelf and VitalSource.
    Ships Free!
    Publisher Direct Paperback These special, discounted paperback editions are sold exclusively through the Cognella Student Store ( for confirmed adoptions. They are not available through other retailers. The books are printed on demand, do not have an ISBN, and are not intended for resale, which results in savings we pass along to students. Most Publisher Direct Paperbacks also come with free, immediate access to the first 30% of the ebook and FREE shipping.

    Bookstore Pricing (MSRP) — These suggested retail prices include a total projected mark-up of 25%

    Best Value!
    Inclusive Access Ebook
    We partner with both RedShelf and VitalSource to provide day-one access to students through campus bookstores. Bookstores and these vendors share in the total projected mark-up. Learn more about Inclusive Access at
    Binder Ready/Loose Leaf
    Talk to a rep for ISBN details
    Binder Ready versions have pages that are loose leaf, three-hole punched, and fit into any standard three-ring binder (not included). They are fully typeset, include front and back covers, and are available at a discount compared to standard paperbacks. Contact us for course adoptions; not available for individual purchase.
    $118.95 Paperback
    Standard paperback version. Contact us for course adoptions; also available for individual purchase through national wholesalers and retailers — and from our website directly — see Purchase button above.
    See more options
    $99.95 Ebook
    Ebooks are available for individual purchase (180-day access) through either RedShelf or VitalSource. Bookstores and these vendors share in the total projected mark-up.
    $189.95 Hardcover
    Great for libraries and rental programs. Contact us for course adoptions; also available for individual purchase through national wholesalers and retailers.
    Other Formats
    Talk to a rep for details
    Other formats (spiral bind, perforated, etc.) may be available. Contact us for course adoptions; specialty formats are not available for individual purchase.