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Philosophy: A Text with Readings, 12th Edition

  • Manuel Velasquez Santa Clara University
  • ISBN-10: 1133612105  |  ISBN-13: 9781133612100
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

One need only read a few pages of PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS, Twelfth Edition, to appreciate Manuel Velasquez's gift for making complex philosophical concepts accessible to today's students while still exposing them to college-level writing. This book is a perfect choice for first-time philosophy students, as it covers a wide range of topics, including human nature, reality, truth, ethics, the meaning of life, diversity, and social/political philosophy, all supported by nontechnical primary sources. The twelfth edition now includes critical-thinking and argument analysis activities carefully woven into the book's narrative and is easier than ever to customize for your course needs. 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 CourseMate, a powerful course resource system.

Features and Benefits

  • The author's rich, academically rigorous prose is nevertheless easily accessible to today's student.
  • Selected original texts by important philosophers provide students with an authentic "philosophy experience" without the instructor's having to take the time to put together a reader.
  • A complete package of teaching and learning resources helps busy instructors easily create a complete course while requiring only one text. The supplements are also helpful for graduate teaching assistants and others who may be teaching the course for the first time.
  • Full-color design enhances Velasquez's presentation of philosophy in a striking style while engaging students with eye-catching photographs.
  • The "Philosophy at the Movies" boxes include a summary of each film and, in many cases, a still photograph from the movie. More recent films are included in this text, and a screener for each one appears in CourseMate.
  • Marginal references to primary sources located in Philosophy CourseMate provide students with further reading beyond the book.
  • 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 dialogue that has taken place between philosophers throughout history and modern times.
  • Intriguing and relevant "Philosophy and Life" boxes relate philosophy to current issues such as 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 and critical-thinking questions.

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. Reading. Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers.
2. HUMAN NATURE.
Why Does Your View of Human Nature Matter? 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. Readings. Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius.
3. REALITY AND BEING.
What Is Real? Reality: Material or Nonmaterial? Reality in Pragmatism. Reality and Logical Postivism. Antirealism: The Heir of Pragmatism and Idealism. Encountering Being: Reality in Phenomenology and Existentialism. Is Freedom Real? Is Time Real? Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley.
4. PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION, AND GOD.
The Significance of Religion. Defining Religion. Does God Exist? Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil. Traditional Religious Belief and Experience. Nontraditional Religious Experience. Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway.
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. Readings. Historical Showcase: Hume.
6. TRUTH.
Knowledge, Truth, and Justification. What Is Truth? Does Science Give Us Truth? Can Interpretations Be True? Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Kant.
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? Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft.
8. SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
What Is Social and Political Philosophy? What Justifies the State? What Is Justice? Limits on the State. Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls.
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.
Glossary.
Suggestions for Further Reading.
Index.

What's New

  • The first five chapters now include new "Thinking Critically" sections. Each of these sections explains a progressively more revealing aspect of critical thinking and applies critical thinking to the philosophy discussed in the chapter. Beginning with a new introduction to critical thinking in Chapter 1, the aim of these sections is to teach students, step by step, how to evaluate their own philosophical thinking, as well as the philosophical thinking of others.
  • Each "Thinking Critically" topic is keyed with a special icon in the chapter-opening Learning Objectives and in the Chapter Summary.
  • "Historical Showcases" now appear at the end of each chapter to facilitate briefer custom editions without this coverage.
  • Six new Readings, several of them from works of fiction, have been included.
  • The text can be packaged with Philosophy CourseMate, an online resource that contains content specific to the text as well as additional resources for students taking an Introduction to Philosophy course.

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Reviews

"Professor Velasquez has written an introduction to philosophy which embodies the results of a lifetime devoted to philosophy. His book is mellow with a very human, personal flavor, while it also presents the reasonings and the contentions of the various schools. It not only asserts that philosophy deals with life, but it proceeds to do so. . . . The text is organized extremely well according to the traditional divisions of philosophy."

— Randy Haney, Mount San Antonio College

"Well-written and organized introduction to philosophy that contains a balanced treatment of the major issues and problems of the discipline. . . . Major philosophical topics are well-covered in each chapter."

— Thi Lam, San Jacinto College Central

"Velasquez has taken an even-handed approach to some of the most significant controversies in philosophy. . . . Velasquez has put together excellent resources for a problems approach to introducing philosophy, including both solid orientations to classic problems and questions and selected excerpts. . . . The coverage of topics in philosophy is excellent for the level of the text."

— Matthew Dade Laurents, Austin Community College

"A clear, thorough introduction to philosophy with an emphasis on the development of contemporary philosophical issues. . . . Velasquez is able to (1) clearly explain and (2) motivate all sides of a philosophical issue."

— Paul Gass, Coppin State University

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— Patrice Nango, Mesa Community College

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— John Schmitz, Rasmussen College

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.