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Readings from the Roots of Wisdom: A Multicultural Reader, 3rd Edition

  • Helen Buss Mitchell Howard Community College
  • ISBN-10: 053456111X  |  ISBN-13: 9780534561116
  • 352 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1999, 1997
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $93.25



Augment your students' study of philosophy with the writings by the philosophers they study in ROOTS OF WISDOM. The anthology is a collection of readings from a wide range of philosophical and cultural perspectives. Interesting and reader-friendly selections were purposely selected so as to be accessible to a wide range of students.

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Table of Contents

Student Introduction.
1. Why Philosophy?
Plato, Book VIII of the Republic. Aristophanes, Clouds. Innocent Onyewuenyi, Is There an African Philosophy? Rigoberta Menchú, I Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. The Tao Te Ching, Chapters 1, 17, 22, 34, 48, and 79.
2. Reality and Being.
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan. Edwin Abbot, Flatland. Lancinay Keita, The African Philosophical Tradition. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. Buddhist Scriptures, Lives of the Buddha.
3. Human Nature.
Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism as a Humanism. The Bible, Chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis. Elizabeth V. Spelman, Aristotle and the Politicization of the Soul. Ifeanyi A. Menkiti, Person and Community in Traditional African Thought. James P. Hogan, Code of the Life Maker.
4. Philosophy and God.
Augustine of Hippo, The City of God. Benjamin Ewuku Oguah, African and Western Philosophy: A Comparative Study. al-Ghazali, The Incoherence of the Philosophers. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland. Herman Hesse, Siddhartha.
5. Knowledge and the Mind.
Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method. Alison M. Jaggar, Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, La Respuesta (The Response). Moses Maimonides, The Guide of the Perplexed. Shunryu Suzuki, Beyond Consciousness.
6. The Search for Truth.
David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. N. Scott Momaday, The Man Made of Words. S.A. Mwanahewa, African Logical Heritage and Contemporary Life. Hildegard of Bingen, Letters to Bernard of Clairvaux and the Mainz Prelates.
7. Aesthetic Experience.
Plato, Book X of The Republic. Aristotle, Poetics [6,8,9,14]. Eugen Herrigel, Zen and the Art of Archery. Chinua Achebe, Arrow of God. Susanne K. Langer, The Cultural Importance of Art.
8. Political Philosophy.
John Locke, Treatise of Civil Government. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls. Bart Kosko, The Fuzzy Social Contract. Malcolm X, The Speeches of Malcolm X at Harvard. Nicholas D. Kristof, The End of the Golden Road.
9. Social Philosophy.
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism. Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., Human Rights in a Divided Society. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Audre Lorde, Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining the Difference. Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game.
10. Ethics.
Immanual Kant, Foundations of the Metaphysics of Ethics. Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera. Rita Manning, Speaking from the Heart. Kwasi Wiredu, The Moral Foundations of an African Culture. Benjamin Hoff, The Te of Piglet.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Helen Buss Mitchell

Helen Buss Mitchell is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women's Studies at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.