Philosophy: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Donald M. Borchert
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  • ISBN-10: 0028662962
  • ISBN-13: 9780028662961
  • DDC: 100
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 450 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released March 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Philosophy: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies serves as a primer to the study of philosophy. By employing literature, film, art, history, and other disciplines, the twenty-seven thematic chapters identify areas of critical thought and practice in the philosophical study. They begin with the nature of philosophy, segue into epistemology and non-Western traditions, explore various interdisciplinary methods, and conclude with introductions to the subfields covered in the succeeding nine volumes in the series. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, and offer bibliographies to encourage further exploration. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

Features and Benefits

  • This first primer volume helps the novice reader gain a firm grasp of the basics of philosophy and introduces the other nine volumes in the Philosophy series.
  • The volume combines features of an introductory textbook with those of a reference resource to effectively engage and educate the user, possibly encouraging students who might not otherwise consider majoring in philosophy.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of these handbooks provides an innovative approach to introducing the field to novices.
  • Film, literature, art, case studies, and other disciplines or situations/events provide illustrations of human experiences which work as gateways to questions philosophers try to address.
  • Individual disciplines can be integrated to form new and unique areas of study; their sources and techniques can be merged to meet evolving research needs.
  • Each of the 10 volumes is overseen by a specialist in its field; peer-reviewed signed chapters are written by eminent scholars.



  • Donald M. Borchert

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028662954 | ISBN-13: 9780028662954


"With 27 chapters, divided up into four parts, this volume is unique in its ability to provide enough information to inspire a reader’s curiosity, but not so much that it would overwhelm. . . . The chapters are written by experts, provide nontechnical overviews of each topic, and all end with a helpful and concise summary. The endnotes, bibliographies, recommended readings, and references at the end of the chapters do an excellent job of providing the reader with extensive resources for further study. Those looking for a basic overview will appreciate the volume’s effective scaffolding that allows one to form a base understanding of philosophy; while the reader looking for clarification or an overview of a specific element within the field will appreciate the ease of access, constructed by the clear organization of the parts, chapters, headings, and glossary. This handbook will be most valuable to those institutions serving lower-division college students"

— Kali A. Rippel

"This first volume in a ten-volume set in the "Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks" series in philosophy reads like a textbook for non-students—and that's a good thing. Rather than relying on lengthy excerpts from primary sources that are difficult for many undergraduate students to penetrate, this work uses material from disciplines other than philosophy to stimulate philosophical discussions. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels."

— A. Wesolek

Table of Contents

What Is Philosophy?
What Is Knowledge?
The Challenge of Skepticism.
Can Skepticism Be Defeated: Descartes?
Can Skepticism Be Defeated: Hume?
Can Skepticism Be Defeated: Kant?
The New Face of Skepticism: Postmodernism.
Can Postmodernist Skepticism Be Defeated?
Three Kinds of Knowledge.
Showcasing Interdisciplinary Lenses: Platonic Dialogues.
Showcasing Interdisciplinary Lenses: Novels.
Showcasing Interdisciplinary Lenses: Film.
African Philosophical Traditions.
Buddhist Philosophical Traditions.
Confucian Philosophical Traditions.
Daoist Philosophical Traditions.
Indian Philosophical Traditions.
Islamic Philosophical Traditions.
Philosophy of Education.
Medical Ethics.
Philosophy of Sex and Love.
Philosophy of Mind.
Environmental Ethics.
Philosophy of Religion.
Philosophy of Sport.
Philosophy of Technology.
Philosophy of Feminism.