Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 11th Edition
- James L. Christian Emeritus, Santa Ana College
- ISBN-10: 1111298084 | ISBN-13: 9781111298081
- 720 Pages
- Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
- © 2012 | Published
Choose the latest edition of this classic introduction to philosophy text for a unique synoptic approach that will engage and visually captivate for your students. Christian’s PHILOSOPHY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF WONDERING, Eleventh Edition, consistently focuses on the big picture and the interdisciplinary origins of philosophical thinking for an unmatched, provocative, timeless overview. Christian’s fascinating presentation style, interwoven with cartoons, quotations, and related findings from the social and physical sciences, ensures central philosophical concepts connect with your students. The book’s eclectic range of topics reinforces the author’s conception of philosophy as the individual’s attempt to unify disparate world views. Interspersed biographies use the power of narrative to provide glimpses into the lives of great thinkers who have molded the Western philosophical tradition and largely influenced how society thinks today. With the help of Christian’s PHILOSOPHY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF WONDERING, Eleventh Edition, you can nurture the analytical skills and enthusiasm your students need to evaluate critically and contribute to the big picture of Western philosophy for themselves.
Part I: THE FINE ART OF WONDERING.
1. The World-Riddle.
2. The Spirit of Inquiry.
3. Critical Analysis. Synoptic Synthesis.
Part II: THE CONDITION AND THE ODYSSEY.
Part III: THE REAL WORLD: KNOWING AND UNKNOWING.
Part IV: THE INNER WORLD/THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY.
Part V: DELICATE COEXISTENCE: THE HUMAN LOVE/HATE CONDITION.
Part VI: THE PROTOPLASMIC VENTURE.
Part VII: MICROCOSM/MACROCOSM/COSMOS.
1. Knowledge of Nature.
Part VIII: OF ULTIMATE CONCERN.
1. Of Ultimate Concern.
2. Ultimate Reality.
Index to Marginal Quotations.
"It is an original and brilliant synthesis of fundamental issues and questions in every academic field which gives students a solid grounding that prepares them for all their other classes." -- Detlev Koepke, Bunker Hill Community College
— Detlev Koepke
"It is a good, interesting, introductory philosophical text." -- Hugh R. Stone, Des Moines Area Community College
— Hugh R. Stone