Introduction to Philosophy
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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.