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Roots of Wisdom: A Tapestry of Philosophical Traditions 7th Edition

Helen Buss Mitchell

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011, 2002, 1999
  • 560 Pages

Overview

ROOTS OF WISDOM, Seventh Edition, invites students to explore universal and current philosophical issues through a rich tapestry of perspectives including the ideas and traditions of men and women from the West, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. No other book offers such breadth of multicultural coverage coupled with a clear, concise, and approachable writing style. Mitchell presents striking images to illustrate our diverse cultural inheritance, using fine art, cartoons, poetry, movies, current events, and popular music to bring the issues of philosophy to life for students. This edition includes a new discussion of "logos" and "mythos" as laid out by Karen Armstrong, material on calculative vs. meditative thinking from Heidegger, expanded treatment of sovereignty and citizenship with new discussion on the so-called "Arab Spring," and more.

Helen Buss Mitchell, Howard Community College

Helen Buss Mitchell is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women's Studies at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.
  • Chapter 4 expands its exploration of Ultimate Reality, including a discussion of the terms "logos" and "mythos" as laid out by Karen Armstrong.
  • Chapter 5, "Knowledge Sources. Do You See What I See?" includes new material from Heidegger on calculative vs. meditative thinking as well as new material from Husserl on phenomenology.
  • Chapter 6, "Truth Tests. Do You Swear to Tell the Truth . . . ?" features new material on abductive reasoning from Peirce.
  • Chapter 8 on political philosophy expands its treatment of sovereignty and citizenship with a new discussion of the so-called "Arab Spring."
  • The text's broad multicultural perspective offers students a glimpse into many different philosophies from around the world.
  • The author's clear, concise writing style is paired with vivid, colorful examples from art history, popular culture, and cartoons, as well as excerpts from poetry and prose to make the text accessible and engaging.
  • Each chapter includes a box of primary material entitled "Philosophers Speak for Themselves" that features thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, and Wollstonecraft, giving students familiarity with the actual language used by philosophers.
  • The text corresponds to Mitchell's The Love of Wisdom telecourse, with photographs throughout that tie the two together for students using both products.
  • "Doing Philosophy" boxes explore real-life dilemmas, demonstrating how students can engage in philosophy. "How Philosophy Works" boxes form a mini-course in logic, connecting directly to the arguments in each chapter.
Part I: WHAT IS EVERYTHING REALLY LIKE?
Questions of Metaphysics. Historical Interlude A: A Worldwide Context for Western Philosophy.
1. Why Philosophy? Is This All There Is?
2. Reality and Being. Is What You See What You Get?
Historical Interlude B: Philosophy and Early Christianity.
3. Human Nature. Who or What Are We, and What Are We Doing Here?
4. Philosophy and Ultimate Reality. Is There an Ultimate Reality?
Part II: HOW AM I TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD?
Questions of Epistemology. Historical Interlude C: From the Medieval to the Modern World.
5. Knowledge Sources. Do You See What I See?
6. Truth Tests. Do You Swear to Tell the Truth . . . ?
7. Aesthetic Experience. Is Truth Beauty and Beauty Truth?
Part III: BY WHAT VALUES SHALL I LIVE IN THE WORLD?
Questions of Axiology. Historical Interlude D: From the Modern to the Post Modern World.
8. Political Philosophy. Is Big Brother Watching?
9. Social Philosophy. Am I My Brother's or Sister's Keeper?
10. Ethics. What Will It Be: Truth or Consequences?
Historical Interlude E: A Revolution in Philosophy?
Appendix.
Glossary.
Index.

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"It's an excellent introduction to a wide range of topics in world philosophical though--more material than you could use in a term and better because of it."

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