The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy Volume I: Knowledge and Reality
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814015 / 1554814014
  • 580 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"
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The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy Volume I: Knowledge and Reality

  • Publication Date: April 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814015 / 1554814014
  • 580 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

This volume of The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy offers a thoughtful selection of readings in epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. Substantial selections from important historical texts are provided (including the entirety of Descartes’s Meditations), as are a number of contemporary readings on each topic. Unlike other introductory anthologies, the Broadview offers considerable apparatus to assist the student reader in understanding the texts without simply summarizing them. Each selection includes an introduction discussing the context and structure of the primary reading, as well as thorough annotations designed to clarify unfamiliar terms, references, and argument forms.

This volume is intended for use in introductory courses on religion, epistemology, and metaphysics. A complete edition of The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy, which also includes readings on ethics and social-political philosophy is available here.

How to Use This Book


  • What is Philosophy?
  • A Brief Introduction to Arguments
  • Introductory Tips on Reading and Writing Philosophy

Part I: Philosophy of Religion

  • St. Anselm of Canterbury
      Proslogion, Preface and Chapters 2-5; Pro Insipiente (“On Behalf of the Fool”) by Gaunilo of Marmoutiers; Anselm’s Reply to Gaunilo
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    • Summa Theologiae, Part I, Question 2, The Existence of God
  • David Hume
    • from Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
  • William Paley
    • from Natural Theology
  • Gottfried Leibniz
    • Theodicy: Abridgment of the Argument Reduced to Syllogistic Form
  • J.L. Mackie
    • “Evil and Omnipotence”
  • Marilyn McCord Adams
    • “Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God”
  • Blaise Pascal
    • “The Wager”
  • William Clifford
    • “The Ethics of Belief”
  • William James
    • “The Will to Believe”

Part II: Theory of Knowledge

  • Epistemology
    • Plato
      • “The Allegory of the Cave”
    • Rene Descartes
      • Meditations on First Philosophy
    • John Locke
      • from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
    • Immanuel Kant
      • Critique of Pure Reason, Introduction
    • G.E. Moore
      • “Proof of an External World”
    • Edmund Gettier
      • “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge”
    • Lorraine Code
      • “Is the Sex of the Knower Epistemologically Significant?”
    • Jennifer Saul
      • “Skepticism and Implicit Bias”
    • Lee Hester & Jim Cheney
      • “Truth and Native American Epistemology”
  • Philosophy of Science
    • David Hume
      • from An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
    • Carl Hempel
      • “Scientific Inquiry: Invention and Test”
    • Karl Popper
      • “Science: Conjectures and Refutations”
    • Thomas Kuhn
      • “Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice”
    • Helen Longino
      • “Can There Be a Feminist Science?”

Part III: Metaphysics

  • Philosophy of Mind
    • Gilbert Ryle
      • from The Concept of Mind (“Descartes’s Myth”)
    • Ned Block
      • “Troubles with Functionalism”
    • Thomas Nagel
      • “What Is It Like to be a Bat?”
    • Frank Jackson
      • from “Epiphenomenal Qualia” & “What Mary Didn’t Know”
    • David Chalmers
      • “The Puzzle of Conscious Experience”
    • Amy Kind
      • “How to Believe in Qualia”
  • Free Will
    • Paul Rée
      • The Illusion of Free Will, Chapters 1 & 2
    • Ishtiyaque Haji
      • from Incompatibilism’s Allure
    • A.J. Ayer
      • “Freedom and Necessity”
    • Harry Frankfurt
      • “Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibilities”
    • P.F. Strawson
      • “Freedom and Resentment”
    • Susan Wolf
      • “Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility”
  • Personal Identity
    • John Locke
      • from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
    • Bernard Williams
      • “The Self and the Future”
    • Daniel C. Dennett
      • “Where Am I?”
    • Derek Parfit
      • “Personal Identity”
    • Maria Schechtman
        “Experience, Agency, & Personal Identity”

Andrew Bailey is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean at the University of Guelph.

  • Written and Edited for Students. Unlike most other introductory anthologies, this book offers substantial assistance to help students understand the context, structure, and terminology of the provided readings. Carefully crafted introductions and thorough annotations provide the guidance needed to grapple with this material for the first time, while keeping the primary text central.
  • A Mix of the Classic and the Contemporary. Forty-one historical and contemporary readings are included. Readings are substantial, and in many cases complete (including the full text of Descartes’s Meditations).
  • A Broad Selection of Texts. Canonical texts from such philosophers as Plato, Descartes, and Hume are included alongside selections from contemporary authors on such topics as epistemic bias (Jennifer Saul), the existence of qualia (Amy Kind), and Native American epistemology (Lee Hester & Jim Cheney).
  • Instructor Support. Supplemental materials, including teaching notes and quiz questions, are provided to instructors. Student readers also receive access to a separate set of resources, including additional questions, writing exercises, and a unique interactive tool for constructing philosophy essay outlines.

The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy has additional online material for both instructors and students.

The instructor website features teaching notes on many authors and readings, as well as multiple-choice review questions on each of the book’s readings, which can be downloaded as Word files or in a digital format that can be uploaded to many Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Moodle, etc.). An access code to this website is included with all examination copies. If you have received a copy of the book but don’t have an access code, please contact us.

The student website site offers self-test quizzes, an interactive tool for constructing philosophy essay outlines, suggestions for further reading, and more. An access code to this website is included with all new copies of the book. If you purchased a used copy or are missing your passcode, please click here to purchase a code online.

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