The Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 23, 2020 - Philosophy - 376 pages

A new edition of the bestselling guide to the study of philosophy: the ideal intellectual ‘toolkit’ for sharpening analytical skills and building philosophical acuity

Whether used as a guide to basic principles or a resource for key concepts and methods, The Philosopher's Toolkit equips readers with all the intellectual ‘tools’ necessary for engaging closely with philosophical argument and developing fluency in the methods and language of philosophical inquiry. Featuring accessible explanations, practical examples, and expert guidance, this text empowers readers to understand traditional philosophical thinking and to engage with new ideas.

  • Focuses on the practical methods and concepts necessary for philosophical inquiry
  • Presents a versatile resource for both novice and advanced students in areas of philosophy, critical theory, and rhetoric
  • Adopts a pluralistic approach to teaching philosophy, making this a suitable resource for many courses
  • Delivers extensive cross-referenced entries, recommended readings, and updated online resources
  • Covers an array of topics, from basic tools of argumentation to sophisticated philosophical principles
  • Fully revised and updated to include new topics and entries as well as expanded recommended reading lists to encourage further study
 

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Contents

Basic Tools for Argument 1
7
More Advanced Tools
47
Tools for Assessment
85
Tools for Conceptual Distinctions
171
Tools of Historical Schools and Philosophers
245
Tools for Radical Critique
281
Tools at the Limit
311
Index
345
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About the author (2020)

Peter S. Fosl is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of PPE at Transylvania University, Kentucky. He is author of Hume's Scepticism (2020), co-author of The Critical Thinking Toolkit (Wiley Blackwell, 2016) and The Ethics Toolkit (Wiley Blackwell, 2007), editor of The Big Lebowski and Philosophy (Wiley Blackwell, 2012), and co-editor of Philosophy: The Classic Readings (Wiley Blackwell, 2009).

Julian Baggini is Academic Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent. He was the founding editor of The Philosophers' Magazine and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos, and Counterpoint. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over 20 books, including How the World Thinks, The Virtues of the Table, The Ego Trick, Freedom Regained, and The Edge of Reason.

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