This is a flexible and affordable collection of fifty of the most important classic and contemporary primary source readings in philosophy. Perfect for introductory or advanced students, the readings are organized topically and cover all the main disciplines of Western Philosophy: What is Philosophy?, Philosophy of Religion, Theories of knowledge, Philosophy of Mind, Free Will and Determinism, Ethics, and Political and Social Philosophy. Longer readings are carefully edited to preserve the central, self-contained argument so students focus on the core reasoning and conclusions. A wide selection of new readings at an attractive price makes this anthology the most versatile and affordable introduction to philosophy text on the market.
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Donald C. Abel is Professor of Philosophy at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, an M.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University, a Ph.L. in Philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute, an M.Div. in Theology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University. He is the author of Freud on Instinct and Morality (1989), Theories of Human Nature: Classical and Contemporary Readings (McGraw-Hill, 1992), Fifty Readings in Philosophy (McGraw Hill, 3d ed., 2008). He is the editor of Discourses (www.primisdiscourses.com), an electronic database of philosophy readings that is part of Primis, McGraw-Hill’s online resource for creating customized textbooks. Professor Abel has received two awards for excellence in teaching and an award for outstanding scholarship. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
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