Item description for A Historical Introduction to Philosophy: Texts and Interactive Guides by James Fieser & Norman Lillegard...
Offering a unique pedagogical apparatus, A Historical Introduction to Philosophy: Texts and Interactive Guides provides selections from the most influential primary works in philosophy from the Presocratics through the twentieth century, integrating them with substantial commentary and study questions. It offers extensive treatment of the Hellenistic and Renaissance periods--which are typically given only minimal coverage in other anthologies--and devotes substantial chapters to nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy. The selections are organized historically and are presented in short and manageable sections with organizational headings and subheadings; archaic and difficult material has been adapted for clarity. Accompanying commentaries simplify difficult passages, explain technical terminology, and expand upon allusions to unfamiliar literature and arguments. Study questions are interspersed throughout the chapters in "Ask Yourself" boxes and vary with respect to format and level of difficulty. They require students to reconstruct arguments, summarize passages, complete blanks in statements and arguments, evaluate the success or viability of a philosophical point, or draw contemporary parallels and applications. The questions are carefully framed so as to avoid commitment to any particular side in controversies. Instructors can assign those questions that will best suit the aims of their courses and aid their students' comprehension of the primary source material. A Historical Introduction to Philosophy is enhanced by a comprehensive time line, a glossary, and lists of suggested further readings for both primary and secondary sources. This rich and flexible anthology and interactive textbook is ideal for introduction to philosophy and history of philosophy courses.
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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.22" Width: 7.62" Height: 1.07" Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 3, 2002
Publisher Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195139844 ISBN13 9780195139846
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More About James Fieser & Norman Lillegard
James Fieser is an Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University's Department of Philosophy (1983, 1986). He has published articles on the topics of the philosophy of religion, rights theory, environmental ethics, moral skepticism, David Hume, and Thomas Aquinas. He has created several World Wide Web sites in philosophy, including the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
James Fieser has an academic affiliation as follows - Christopher Newport College UNIV OF TENN - MARTIN UNIV OF TENN - MARTI.
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archaic and difficult May 28, 2005
The way the editorial review summarized the material in this textbook as "archaic and difficult" pretty much says it all. If you are an instructor looking for a Philosophy textbook for an introductory Philosophy class please keep looking! This is by far the worst textbook I have seen out there. Other texts do a better job of explaining and summarizing the ancient texts than this textbook does, as well as providing a simpler and more concise historical background.