By Douglas J. Soccio

ARCHETYPES OF knowledge, 9E makes use of a old method of deliver philosophy to lifestyles via full of life narratives, enticing illustrations, and a student-friendly writing type. utilizing its signature conversational prose, the textbook publications scholars during the lives and works of history's maximum philosophers, drawing from either canonical basic assets and the most recent philosophical evaluations.

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Wadsworth, 1990), pp. 20–21. Archetypes of Wisdom is not meant to be “complete,” covering every significant philosopher or every significant contribution made by the philosophers it does include. Rather, it’s meant to be a representative and inviting introduction to interesting and important questions of value, meaning, and knowledge and the cultural conditions that gave rise to them. If you’re reading this book as part of an academic course, I recommend treating your introduction to philosophy as an opportunity to distinguish between saying philosophical-sounding things and actually philosophizing.

What’s the meaning of life? • Why do innocent people suffer? • Is everything a matter of opinion? • Are all people really equal, and if so, in what sense? • What is the best form of government? • Is it better to try to make the majority happy at the expense of a few or make a few happy at the expense of many? • How are minds connected to bodies? • Is there one standard of right and wrong for everyone, or are moral standards relative? • Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? • Does might make right?

What worried me was not that the students were prepared to accept some excuses, but that they began their moral reasoning on the subject by searching for excuses. They seemed Copyright 2016 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, some third party content may be suppressed from the eBook and/or eChapter(s). Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience.

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