Philosophy: A Text with Readings, 11th Edition

  • Manuel Velasquez Santa Clara University
  • ISBN-10: 049580875X
  • ISBN-13: 9780495808756
  • 656 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
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PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS, Eleventh Edition, is the popular text/reader that combines clear, lively prose and nontechnical primary sources to provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction to philosophy. Manuel Velasquez masterfully relates the subject to your students’ own self understanding and illustrates how philosophy is relevant to their personal lives as well as to our larger social world. PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS, Eleventh Edition, covers a wide range of topics—such as human nature, reality, truth, ethics, the meaning of life, diversity, and social/political philosophy—and is organized to encourage critical thinking and studying through questions and readings that consistently connect philosophy back to students’ personal experiences. The Eleventh Edition is now easier to use and more flexible than ever. And, it is simple to customize the content and the readings in the text to meet specific course needs with TextChoice and Proteus (see SUPPLEMENTS section.) When used with The Examined Life Telecourse, PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS is the ideal text choice for distance learning settings. Whether you are teaching your course online or in the classroom, unmatched support is just a click away with our Philosophy Resource Center, a powerful course resource system.


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Features/Benefits

  • The text's modular format presents unprecedented teaching flexibility, and allows you to assign self-contained chapters or sections according to your specific course needs.
  • The "Historical Showcase" features provide summaries of the lives and thoughts of major philosophers, along with large selections from their works, while presenting an overview of the history of philosophy. Through these features, the development of philosophical ideas is placed in context so students can see the dialog that has taken place between philosophers throughout history and modern times.
  • Intriguing and relevant "Philosophy and Life" boxes connect philosophy with everyday life, relating philosophy to current issues such as animal rights, medical dilemmas, sociobiology, psychology, and science. Found throughout the text, each box ends with a set of questions designed to spark further thought on the subject.
  • The author's writing style, vocabulary, and explanations of abstract concepts are accessible and welcoming, while remaining comprehensive and appropriate for the college level.Coverage includes science, Eastern philosophy, social/political philosophy, and women philosophers. In addition, Velasquez includes comprehensive discussion of how Eastern philosophies address many of Western philosophers' perennial questions.
  • Proven learning aids are found in each chapter, providing a carefully crafted structure for student comprehension and learning. Throughout the text you will find chapter-opening outlines with learning objectives, end-of-section questions, Chapter Summaries organized by the chapter's main headings, and marginal "Quick Review" summaries, critical-thinking questions, and quotations.

What's New

  • New full-color design enhances Velasquez's presentation of philosophy in a striking style while engaging students with eye-catching new photographs.
  • New readings have been added to almost half of the chapters and many of the book's popular "Philosophy and Life" boxes have been updated or replaced.
  • The "Philosophy at the Movies" boxes now include a summary of each film and a still photograph from the movie in many cases. More recent films are now included in this feature.
  • Marginal references to primary sources at the Philosophy Resource Center provide students with further reading beyond the book.
  • Subheadings have been added throughout the text to increase clarity and improve retention of the content.

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Table of Contents

1. THE NATURE OF PHILOSOPHY.
What Is Philosophy? The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy. A Philosopher in Action: Socrates. The Value of Philosophy. Chapter Summary. Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers. Reading.
2. HUMAN NATURE.
Why Study Human Nature? What Is Human Nature? The Mind-Body Problem: How Do Mind and Body Relate? Is There an Enduring Self? Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals? Chapter Summary. Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius. Readings.
3. REALITY AND BEING.
What Is Real? Reality: Material or Nonmaterial? Reality in Pragmatism. Reality and Logical Positivism. Antirealism: The Heir of Pragmatism and Idealism. Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism. Is Freedom Real? Is Time Real? Chapter Summary. Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley. Readings.
4. PHILOSOPHY AND GOD.
The Significance of Religion. Does God Exist? Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil. Traditional Religious Belief and Experience. Nontraditional Religious Experience. Chapter Summary. Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway. Readings.
5. THE SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE.
Why Is Knowledge a Problem? Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge? Can the Senses Account for All Our Knowledge? Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World? Does Science Give Us Knowledge? Chapter Summary. Historical Showcase: Hume. Readings. 6. TRUTH.
Knowledge, Truth, and Justification. What Is Truth? Does Science Give Us Truth? Can Interpretations Be True? Chapter Summary. Historical Showcase: Kant. Readings.
7. ETHICS.
What Is Ethics? Is Ethics Relative? Do Consequences Make an Action Right? Do Rules Define Morality? Is Ethics Based on Character? Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries? Ethics and Moral Responsibility. Chapter Summary. Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft. Readings.
8. SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
What Is Social and Political Philosophy? What Justifies the State? What is Justice? Limits on the State. Chapter Summary. Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls. Readings.
9. POSTSCRIPT: THE MEANING OF LIFE.
Does Life Have Meaning? The Theistic Response to Meaning. Meaning and Human Progress. The Nihilist Rejection of Meaning. Meaning as a Self-Chosen Commitment. Chapter Summary.

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This essential resource will help you understand and evaluate information and gauge your progress through The Examined Life Telecourse. The guide offers stimulating and thought-provoking support activities as well as self-test questions and a glossary of terms.


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Eleventh Edition contains content designed for discipline wide approach. This version of the site will provide quizzing, movie lists, weblinks, and short biographies and links to prominent works on the web.


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Meet the Author

About the Author

Manuel Velasquez

Having received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, Manuel Velasquez now serves as the Charles Dirksen Professor of Business Ethics at Santa Clara University. He teaches courses in the Leavey School of Business in the Legal, Political, and Social Environment of the Firm, in Business Strategy, and in Business Ethics. Professor Velasquez's research interests lie in the field of business ethics, and he has published numerous articles in journals such as the ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW, THE BUSINESS ETHICS QUARTERLY, SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH, and THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS JOURNAL.

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"The Velasquez text's three greatest "content" strengths are its inclusion of feminists', buddhists' and pragmatists' points of view in most chapters; its narrative about the topics, with important excerpts, rather than original works with important annotation; and its incorporation of difficult issues like "science" into many chapters, rather than in only one difficult one. The structural strength of the book includes its opening explanations in each chapter of how the philosophical issues of the chapter make a difference in the students' lives (although some are not quite pertinent or on the mark; e.g., in ethics); its breaking down of the chapters into small subsections which make the study of philosophy seem less daunting and which help focus the initial discussions; and the inviting and attractive graphic design of the book." Diane Wilkinson, Alabama A&M University
— Diane Wilkinson
"I searched for months before selecting a permanent text for my Introduction to Philosophy course; I chose the Velasquez text and have never regretted it for a moment. No matter what topic comes up in the class, there is a section I can have students turn to in order to drive points home philosophically or take advantage of opportunities for teachable moments which broaden students’ outlook on life."- Diane Wilkinson, Alabama A&M University
— Diane Wilkinson
"The author's writing is clear and pitched at the appropriate level; indeed, I sympathize with the sort of challenge that anybody faces in trying to explain abstract topics in an intelligible way. Here the inclusion of the 'Philosophy at the Movies' referrals permits the making of points that connect with students." George Lujan, Mission College
— George Lujan
"In my own view, Velasquez provides an essential background against which to allow those of us who lecture using the text to offer examples that illuminate the points made in the text. References to common 'life experiences' such as, for example, seeing somebody whom we recognize at a far-off distance even before we can articulate the grounds that justify our claiming to know just who it is can help illuminate Kant's account of the way that intuitions and categories help structure experience but, as I noted earlier, Velasquez provides, in chapter 5, a framework within which to allow that sort of example to connect with the experiences of our students." George Lujan, Mission College
— George Lujan
"The book's strongest asset, in my view, is precisely the clarity and just the right level of complexity and clarity for the community college student. It’s a great introduction to philosophy: interesting for the non-specialist, but rigorous enough for students to get the hang of Real Philosophy. ... I like the book—so much so that I have chosen it over and over again for years." Janice R. Daurio, Moorpark College
— Janice R. Daurio
"The pedagogical approach of the book is well conceived. The clear statement of learning objectives, the 'quick review' notes, and the 'critical thinking' questions will be very helpful for both students and professors. The book contains an effective blend of explanation and historical text. And the author does a good job of relating these philosophical issues and texts to the students' own lives and experiences. The feminist and multi-cultural perspectives are incorporated effectively throughout the text (which is far better than isolating these perspectives in their own chapters, as many texts do)." Aaron Bunch, Washington State University
— Aaron Bunch