Synopses & Reviews
Designed to accompany any Introductory Philosophy textbook, this supplement is especially useful in classes using primary source readings. Its chief aim is to focus students on appreciating and considering issues in a philosophical manner. The book accelerates learning by heightening student awareness of what to look for so that reading, writing, and discussing are more evocative and effective. A PHILOSOPHER'S COMPASS makes abstract discussion accessible, with frequent illustrations of the dimensions of issues that philosophy uniquely explores.
Table of Contents
Part I. How Did This Get Started? What Makes Philosophy Different? A Case Study. Facts and Philosophy. The Importance of Language. What is Philosophical Progress? Where We Are Now? Some Things to Think About and Discuss. Key Philosophers and Texts. Part II. What Makes It Philosophy? The Point of Abstraction. Causation and Morality: The Common Contours of Different Landscapes. Realism and Antirealism: The Relation of Concept to Object. Properties and Natural Kinds. The Nature of Necessity. Necessity and Knowledge: The Roles of Reason and Sense. Knowledge and Certainty: Rationalism and Empiricism. Skepticism. Facts and Values. Where We Are Now? Some Things to Think About and Discuss. Key Philosophers and Texts. Part III. Theyre Arguing Again. Why Are We Arguing? Motive and Opportunity. Context and Content. Varieties of Style and Method. Further Exploration of Method. Philosophical Method and Scientific Facts. Examples From Ethics. The Explanation of Human Action. A Culminating Case Study. Positions and Traditions. Where We Are Now? Some Things to Think About and Discuss. Key Philosophers and Texts. Part IV. Did I Say That? Types of Papers. Expository Writing. Critical Writing. Argumentative Writing. Contrastive Writing. The Importance of Multiple Drafts. The Importance of Word Choice. Hey, There Arent Any Pictures. Do You Want My Opinion? Beginnings and Endings. But It Was In My Notes. In My Other Course We Learned. Where We Are Now? The Last Word. Some Things to Think About and Discuss. Key Philosophers and Texts.