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First Philosophy, concise edition

Fundamental Problems and Readings in Philosophy

edited by Andrew Bailey

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list price: $62.95
category: Philosophy
published: 2006
publisher: Broadview Press

This concise edition of the acclaimed introductory anthology First Philosophy brings together thirty readings on six topics central to philosophy. Mindful of the intrinsic difficulty of much of the material, the editor has provided comprehensive introductions both to the six topics and to each individual selection. By providing a detailed discussion of the historical and intellectual background to each piece, he aims to enable readers to approach the material without unnecessary barriers to understanding. The topics——from "Does God exist?" to "Do we have free will?" and "What is justice?"——have been chosen with a view both to their philosophical importance and to their interest to the first-year student. In an introductory chapter, the editor provides a brief introduction to the nature of philosophical enquiry, to the nature of argument, and to the process of reading and writing within the academic discipline of philosophy.

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Contributor notes

Andrew Bailey, who obtained degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Calgary, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Guelph.

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Editorial Reviews

"I would recommend First Philosophy to anyone teaching an introductory philosophy course."

— Paul Churchland

"First Philosophy has a good selection of articles for my purposes, and the accompanying introductory background material is absolutely brilliant."

— Jillian Scott McIntosh

"The main difference between other anthologies and First Philosophy is Bailey's supplementary material, which is excellent. The explicative material is likewise excellent: clear, highly relevant, useful, easily understood. The wonderful supplementary material makes this a very good text indeed."

— Jeff Foss

"This is an extremely well-done philosophy text.... [It] should become a standard in introductory philosophy classes."

— Patricia Blanchette

"The introductions are fabulous; students find them very helpful. Overall, First Philosophy is an excellent anthology for first-year students; the text has made my job significantly easier."

— Jennifer M. Phillips
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