Higher Education

Learning to Philosophize, 1st Edition

  • Del Kiernan-Lewis Morehouse College
  • ISBN-10: 0534505899  |  ISBN-13: 9780534505899
  • 100 Pages
  • © 2000 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.00

About

Overview

Highly praised by reviewers for its coverage, accessibility, and usefulness, LEARNING TO PHILOSOPHIZE: A PRIMER provides grounding in philosophical thinking and the issues important in any introductory survey or moral issues course. With topics that are typical for introductory classes, the author guides the students through reading selections critically. Designed to effectively introduce students to the contemporary analytical methods or the process of philosophizing, this concise text is an extremely flexible teaching tool that can be used in combination with classic texts, a coursepack, or a standard textbook.

Table of Contents

1. What is Philosophizing? 2. The Pervasiveness of Philosophical Views. 3. Philosophical Questions. 4. Assertion, Belief and Truth. 5. On Concepts. 6. Making Truth Your Aim. 7. Living Up to Your Intellectual Standards. 8. Arguments. 9. The Sources of Belief. 10. Flaws and Fallacies. 11. Reasons, Judgement and Trust.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"This book is a joy to read . . . Few do as good a job of introducing students to the contemporary analytical methods or the process of philosophizing. Moreover, most such attempts are in long introductory texts, so that a teacher is stuck with using the entire text. LEARNING TO PHILOSOPHIZE increases flexibility since the teacher could use it in combination with classic texts, a coursepack, or a standard textbook."

— Eric H. Gampel, California State University, Chico

"Very high quality indeed . . . Readable, clear, systematic . . . A wonderful first text to employ to make sure everyone in the class has a stable, initial picture of philosophy."

— Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College

"Conveys genuine excitement about the study of philosophy . . . The author does a nice job of going over topics crucial to beginning philosophy students . . . Clear and engaging."

— Francis J. Beckwith, Whittier College