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Overview

ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, 8E brings philosophy to life through lively narratives, engaging illustrations, and a student-friendly writing style. Using its signature conversational prose, the textbook guides students through the lives and works of history's greatest philosophers, then brings it all together with helpful study materials in every chapter. Drawing from both canonical primary sources and the latest philosophical critiques, ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, 8E makes philosophy approachable and exciting for students.

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.
  • New chapter openings contain more specific "Learning Objectives" questions, while "For Your Reflection" questions have been removed for a more streamlined feature-set.
  • The design of the text has been overhauled with a new visual direction- it now incorporates over 200 images.
  • "For Deeper Consideration" questions now appear throughout the text.
  • "Philosophical Queries" sections have been migrated to the text's companion web-site.
  • Chapter 18, "Philosophy as a Way of Life" now includes expanded coverage of Jean-Paul Sartre and a new section about Martin Luther King, Jr. This edition also features a more accessible treatment of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger.
  • Uniquely arranged to allow for both historical and topical approaches to philosophy, providing flexibility for a variety of course structures and instructional strategies.
  • The juxtaposition of secondary commentary with primary source material helps acclimate students to reading and thinking critically about philosophical topics.
  • Every chapter (except the first) appeals to students' affinity for stories and provides cultural and historical context for the philosophical ideas through a brief but engaging biographical sketch of one or two main philosophers.
  • Students will encounter a broad range of philosophical traditions, including works from the Eastern and Western traditions, contemporary philosophers, women, and minorities.
1. Philosophy and the Search for Wisdom.
OVERVIEW OF CLASSICAL THEMES.
2. The Asian Sages: Lao-tzu, Confucius, and Buddha.
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.
OVERVIEW OF MODERN THEMES.
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.
Notes.
Glossary.
Bibliography of Philosophical Delights.
Index of Margin Quotes.
Index.
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"Soccio's pedagogy and methodology are masterful. I have used this text in several incarnations starting with the second edition. I keep coming back to it because it makes my job easier. He works hard to make things clear to beginners without obvious 'dumbing down.' College students notice when they are being condescended to, and it destroys their motivation."

"The writing style here is appropriate. It has a good flow, and uses language familiar to students. It helps students apply the more abstract ideas they have just read about, which makes it more likely the ideas will be learned."

"I quite like the philosophical queries and the author's use of questions that help the student to reflect upon the issues and their relevance for thinking about current issues. It keeps philosophy a living subject."

"Soccio's pedagogy and methodology are masterful. I have used this text in several incarnations starting with the second edition. I keep coming back to it because it makes my job easier. He works hard to make things clear to beginners without obvious 'dumbing down.' College students notice when they are being condescended to, and it destroys their motivation."

"The writing style here is appropriate. It has a good flow, and uses language familiar to students. It helps students apply the more abstract ideas they have just read about, which makes it more likely the ideas will be learned."

"I quite like the philosophical queries and the author's use of questions that help the student to reflect upon the issues and their relevance for thinking about current issues. It keeps philosophy a living subject."

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