Higher Education

Invitation to Philosophy: Issues and Options, 10th Edition

  • Stanley M. Honer Mt. San Antonio College, Emeritus
  • Thomas C. Hunt University of Clayton
  • Dennis L. Okholm Azusa Pacific University
  • John L. Safford University of South Carolina, Sumter
  • ISBN-10: 0534564607  |  ISBN-13: 9780534564605
  • 288 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1999, 1996
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $109.50



Using a topics-and-positions approach in a handbook format, this text presents each major topic in philosophy through a succinct, relevant, and readable presentation, followed by critique of the representative positions (e.g., schools of thought, individual philosophers) within each topic. Used independently or as a core text to prime students for critical engagements with primary sources, the book’s illustrated continuums help students compare various philosophical standpoints as they seek to engage in a variety of basic philosophical questions. Positions found on the continuum are explicated and then followed by a case study drawn from contemporary life that helps students to apply what they’ve learned.

Table of Contents

1. What is Philosophy?
2. Philosophical Thinking.
3. Perception and Truth.
4. Epistemology: How We Know.
5. Metaphysics: What is Real?
6. Freedom and Determinism.
7. Philosophy and Religion.
8. Philosophy and Ethics.
9. Philosophy and Esthetics.
10. Philosophy and Human Nature.
11. Philosophy in Politics.
Appendix: Writing Philosophy Papers


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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0534564615 | ISBN-13: 9780534564612)

By co-author Dennis Okholm. Available through your Wadworth Cengage Learning representative, the Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. In addition to test questions and answers this resource contains chapter outlines, lists of key terms and names, and suggestions for further reading.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stanley M. Honer

Stanley M. Honer (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Emeritus Professor at Mt. San Antonio College.

Thomas C. Hunt

Thomas Hunt is a Professor in the Center for Catholic Education and the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Dayton, where he has taught since 1996. He received his B.A. in History at Loras College, a Licentiate of Sacred Theology and an M.A. in Seondary Education Administration from the Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies (Social and Historical Foundations of Education) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has authored or co-authored 20 books.

Dennis L. Okholm

Dennis L. Okholm (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches in the department of theology and philosophy at Azusa Pacific University.

John L. Safford

John L. Safford (Ph.D., The University of California, Riverside) is professor of government and philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Sumter.