Philosophy: An Innovative Introduction: Fictive Narrative, Primary Texts, and Responsive Writing
This new book features a unique, engaging approach to introduce students to philosophy. It combines traditional readings and exercises with fictive narratives starring central figures in the history of the field from Plato to Martin Luther King, Jr. The book makes innovative use of compelling short stories from two writers who have prominently combined philosophy and fiction in their work. These narratives illuminate pivotal aspects of the carefully selected classic readings that follow. This gives students two ways to understand the philosophical positions: through indirect argument in fiction and through direct, deductive presentations. Study questions and writing exercises accompany each set of readings and help students grasp the material and create their own arguments.
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action Adolf Eichmann Aquinas Arendt argument’s conclusion Aristotle Aristotle’s called cause Charles Johnson Christian Wolff claim concept consciousness create Crito Dasein Descartes dialectic Diedrick Direct logical discourse direct-discourse DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Eichmann ethics evil example existence experience fact fictive fictive-narrative philosophy found in Chapter G. W. F. Hegel German Hannah Arendt Hegel Heidegger historical knowledge human imagination Immanuel Kant indirect discourse intuition Iris Iris Murdoch Jewish Jews judgment Kant Kant’s Karl Karl Marx King Leibniz live logical argument looked man’s Martin Martin Heidegger Marx mathematics matter means ment metaphysics Michael Boylan mind moral narrative nature Nazi never object one’s ontology opinion philosophical knowledge Plato present principle priori proposition pure READING AND DISCUSSION reason René Descartes sense skepticism Socrates sort soul story things thought tion tools found translation true truth understand universal Wolff worker worldview write