Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy 9th Edition

Douglas J. Soccio

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ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM, 9th Edition, uses a historical approach to bring philosophy to life through lively narratives and engaging illustrations. Using its signature conversational prose, this valuable resource guides students through the lives and works of history’s greatest philosophers, drawing from canonical primary sources and the latest philosophical critiques.

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Douglas J. Soccio, Shasta College

Douglas Soccio was professor of philosophy at Shasta College for nearly 30 years. In addition to ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, 9E, he is the author of HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF PHILOSOPHY, and, with Vincent E. Barry, PRACTICAL LOGIC, all of which are published by Cengage Learning. For three years he wrote a weekly philosophy column for the REDDING RECORD SEARCHLIGHT. Now devoted to writing on a full-time basis, he is presently developing a collection of philosophical stories that express what he describes as “philosophy with a heart,” a generous notion of philosophy that infuses all of his writing.

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  • A broad range of philosophical traditions introduces students to different schools of thought: from the Eastern and Western traditions to the important works from contemporary philosophers, women, and minorities.
  • An easy-to-rearrange format works with both historical and topical approaches, and provides flexibility for a variety of course structures.
  • Secondary commentary illuminates the primary source material and helps students think critically about philosophy.
  • Narrative elements throughout the text, along with brief biographies of main philosophers, provide cultural and historical context.

Table of Contents

Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy


1. The Asian Sages: Lao-tzu, Confucius, and Buddha.
2. The Pre-Socratic: Sophos.
3. The Sophist: Protagoras.
4. The Wise Man: Socrates.
5. The Philosopher-King: Plato.
6. The Naturalist: Aristotle.
7. The Stoic: Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius.
8. The Scholar: Thomas Aquinas.
9. The Rationalist: René Descartes.
10. The Skeptic: David Hume.
11. The Universalist: Immanuel Kant.
12. The Utilitarian: John Stuart Mill.
13. The Materialist: Karl Marx.
14. The Existentialist: Søren Kierkegaard.
15. The Pragmatist: William James.
16. The Anti-Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzsche.
17. The Twentieth Century: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger.
18. Philosophy as a Way of Life.
Bibliography of Philosophical Delights.
Index of Margin Quotes.
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