This book introduces the central issues of metaphysics and epistemology, from skepticism, justification, and perception to universals, personal identity, and free will. Though topically organized, the book integrates positions and examples from the history of philosophy. Plato, Descartes, and Leibniz are discussed alongside Quine, Kripke, and Haslanger. Peripheral ideas and related historical asides are offered in boxes interspersed within the text, providing further depth without disrupting the author’s lucid explanations of central themes and arguments. Original illustrations by Gillian Wilson are included throughout, giving interesting and clear visual representations of many of the book’s examples and thought experiments.
“Jack Crumley’s Introducing Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality hits the sweet spot for an introduction to metaphysics and epistemology. Engagingly written, the book provides an accessible overview of the field for the unfamiliar; yet there’s enough detailed discussion to complement many of the typical primary readings in a first-year or sophomore course. The book merits serious consideration as a textbook for university instructors.” — Phil Corkum, University of Alberta
“This is one of the best introductory philosophy books currently on the market. The primary goal is to help novices understand complex philosophical issues. However, Professor Crumley does not hesitate to stimulate the interests of experts with his fascinating examples, written in an extremely engaging manner. I wish I had such a book when I was an undergraduate student.” — Prasanta S. Bandyopadhyay, Montana State University
“Jack Crumley has written an excellent introduction to epistemology and metaphysics. It is very well organized and clearly and attractively written, covering the main topics from both historical and contemporary angles with great competence and deep learning. The text is graced with vivid examples, wonderful visual illustrations and insightful implications for domains other than philosophy. It is a book to be enjoyed not only by students and their teachers but also by a larger public. Even professional philosophers have a lot to learn from its pages, as I have. I recommend this text very enthusiastically.” — Radu J. Bogdan, Tulane University
“Introducing Philosophy is beautifully written. Among its virtues is the delicate balance it presents between contemporary problems and their history. This leaves plenty of room for instructors to contribute with their own emphases and perspectives. I predict it will be widely used.” — Alirio Rosales, University of British Columbia and University of the Fraser Valley