An accessible reader/text for beginning students of philosophy, this volume offers a broad scope of diverse classic and contemporary selections - with a narrative and format that presents difficult issues and readings in a simplified but not condescending manner. The readings are grouped around major philosophic themes: logic, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of art, and social and political philosophy. It also offers a selection of readings from Eastern philosophy.Chapter on the history of philosophy. Gives students an introduction to the history of ideas. Article dealing with critical thinking. Provides students with a discussion of a technique that is essential to understanding even elementary philosophical concepts. An appealing mix of classic and contemporary works-Includes many selections and authors rarely found in first-course volumes. Introduces students to all major areas of philosophy and a full range of philosophical questions. Accessible writing style and narrative introductions to all readings. Promotes a better understanding of the issues, concerns, and questions for each particular area of philosophy explored. A logical approach-Organizes readings within each section as a debate on one central issue or problem. Helps students appreciate the argumentative style of philosophy. A section on logical and analytical techniques-Often omitted in first-year courses. Presents students with discussions/readings on necessary and sufficient conditions, inductive arguments, causal reasoning, definition, analysis, and the difference between truth and validity. An entire section on Eastern thought-Features two classic Eastern texts: The Bhagavad Gita and the Tao te Ching . Explains the need to view Oriental philosophies as not merely Eastern versions of Western ideas - to help break down a prejudice that all important thought is Western. Biographies and pictures of all major philosophers. Stimulates interest in the issues by situating each philosopher's position within the context of her/his life. Questions for discussion-Within each chapter. Encourages students to understand philosophy as a living discipline that draws from its past in order to deal with current issues. Packaging options: Contact your local Prentice Hall representative to set up a package.COMMON PHILOSOPHICAL TERMS (ISBN: 0-13-189661-X). Compiled by the editors at Prentice Hall, this glossary will assist students in their study and mastery of philosophy. It contains 431 of the most common terms students are likely to encounter in their readings of primary and secondary texts.PRIMARY SOURCE RESOURCE. Penguin novels and our own Library of Liberal Arts titles are available to package with your text. Available paperbacks relevant to the study of Philosophy include titles by Aristotle, Nietzsche, and more. Click here for more details.ABC NEWS VIDEOS FOR PHILOSOPHY CD-ROM (ISBN: 0-13-154202-8) This CD-ROM provides video segments culled from ABC news broadcasts that show how philosophical issues connect to contemporary situations. This engaging resource includes segments on the same-sex marriage debate, decency on TV, and several additional issues.