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Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 10th Edition

  • James L. Christian Emeritus, Santa Ana College
  • ISBN-10: 0495505048  |  ISBN-13: 9780495505044
  • 704 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2003, 1999
  • © 2009 | Published
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Overview

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, Tenth 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. New learning objectives in this edition further strengthen the book’s accessible approach. The book’s eclectic range of topics reinforces the author’s conception of philosophy as the individual’s attempt to unify disparate world views. This edition enhances coverage of feminism. Interspersed biographies 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, Tenth 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.

Features and Benefits

  • Valuable student-friendly introductions: Brief introductions at the beginning of each chapter set an engaging tone and identify key topics that the chapter will cover.
  • Proven questions for reflection: Numerous questions for reflection in each chapter encourage student engagement and practice in careful consideration.
  • Visually engaging learning tools: Unique cartoons, illustrations, and interesting quotations highlight the ubiquity and poignancy of many central philosophical matters.
  • Biographies: Students gain a better understanding of key philosophers who have shaped modern philosophical thinking, as Biographies throughout this edition add a sense of humanity to discussions that often focus on abstract ideas.
  • Interdisciplinary strengths: Related findings from the social and physical sciences emphasize to your students the actual relevance of the matters the chapter discusses.

Table of Contents

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.
1. Predicament.
2. Self.
3. Growth.
4. Lifetime.
Part III: THE REAL WORLD: KNOWING AND UNKNOWING.
1. Knowledge.
2. Sense.
3. Mind.
4. Truth.
Part IV: THE INNER WORLD/THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY.
1. Psyche.
2. Time.
3. Freedom.
4. Symbols.
Part V: DELICATE COEXISTENCE: THE HUMAN LOVE/HATE CONDITION.
1. History.
2. Laws/Conscience.
3. Lifestyles.
4. Politics.
5. Ethics.
Part VI: THE PROTOPLASMIC VENTURE.
1. Life.
2. Humans.
3. Earth.
4. Future.
Part VII: MICROCOSM/MACROCOSM/COSMOS.
1. Knowledge of Nature.
2. Space/Time/Motion.
3. Cosmos.
4. Biocosmos.
Part VIII: OF ULTIMATE CONCERN.
1. Of Ultimate Concern.
2. Ultimate Reality.
3. Death/Immortality.
4. Meaning/Existence.
Postlude.
Glossary.
Credits.
Index to Marginal Quotations.
Name/Subject Index.

What's New

  • New coverage of political philosophy: Chapter 5 features a biography of Nelson Mandela as well as discussion of Islam and communism and arguments that debate the best form of government.
  • Engaging new content: New content within Chapter 2 explores the effects of reification in the philosophy of consciousness, which encourages students to examine new areas of consideration closely.
  • Focus on the mind: New emphasis in Chapter 3 highlights the philosophy of mind, giving students a more comprehensive overview.
  • New emphasis on ethical actions: New content within Chapter 5 focuses on the ethical treatment of animals, a topic of increasing interest today.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

James L. Christian

James Christian received an STB in Historical Theology and a PhD in Philosophy of History, both from Boston University and is now Professor Emeritus at Santa Ana College. Long renowned for his engaging teaching and writing style, he is also author of I am also the author of ETI: The First Encounter, and a two-volume history of Western thought entitled The Wisdom Seekers: Great Philosophers of the Western World (Wadsworth, 2002). Of his approach, Christian says "Intellectually, I am a child of my teacher Arnold Toynbee who instilled in me a passion to see all existence as a single phenomenon but without losing sight of the most minute details—this cave painting, this footnote, this flower in this crannied wall."