The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy Volume II: Values and Society
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814022 / 1554814022
  • 500 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"
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The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy Volume II: Values and Society

  • Publication Date: April 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814022 / 1554814022
  • 500 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

This volume of The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy offers an intriguing selection of readings on ethics, social-political philosophy, and issues of life, death, and happiness. Canonical texts from historical figures such as Plato, Hobbes, and Wollstonecraft are included alongside contemporary selections from such thinkers as Claudia Card, Judith Jarvis Thomson, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. 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 ethics and social-political philosophy. A complete edition of The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy, which also includes readings on religion, epistemology, and metaphysics, is available here.


The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy is an outstanding text for introductory philosophy courses. It contains a wonderful collection of readings. Moreover, the editor provides highly informative introductions to the readings.” — Marc Ereshefsky, University of Calgary

The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy is a carefully curated collection of classic and contemporary philosophical texts. In this volume, Bailey attains a more equitable representation of philosophers than is typical of most introductory philosophy anthologies, and his inclusion of additional materials—useful introductions, descriptions of overall projects, and background information—makes this anthology ideal for students in today’s introductory courses.” — Andrea Sullivan-Clarke, University of Windsor

How to Use This Book


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

Part I: Ethics

  • Ethical Theory
    • Plato
      • Republic, Book II, and Euthyphro
    • Aristotle
      • from the Nicomachean Ethics, Books I, II, and X
    • Immanuel Kant
      • Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, Sections 1-2
    • John Stuart Mill
      • from Utilitarianism
    • Friedrich Nietzsche
      • Beyond Good and Evil, Sections 259-261
    • Virginia Held
      • “Feminist Transformations of Moral Theory”
    • Judith Jarvis Thomson
      • “The Trolley Problem”
  • Ethical Issues
    • Abortion
      • Don Marquis
        • “Why Abortion is Immoral”
      • Judith Jarvis Thomson
        • “A Defense of Abortion”
    • Immigration
      • Christopher Wellman
        • “Immigration and Freedom of Association”
      • Jose Jorge Mendoza
        • “The Ethics of Immigration Enforcement”
    • Terrorism
      • Virginia Held
        • “Terrorism and War”
      • Claudia Card
        • “Recognizing Terrorism”
    • Non-Human Animals
      • Peter Singer
        • “Equality for Animals?”
      • Mary Midgley
        • “Is a Dolphin a Person?”

Part II: Social-Political Philosophy

  • Justice
    • Aristotle
      • from the Nicomachean Ethics, Book V, Sections 1-5
    • Thomas Hobbes
      • from Leviathan, Parts I-II
    • John Stuart Mill
      • from On Liberty
    • Marx & Engels
      • The Communist Manifesto
    • John Rawls
      • from Justice as Fairness: A Restatement
    • Robert Nozick
      • from Anarchy, State and Utopia
    • Susan Moller Okin
      • “Justice and Gender”
  • Equality and Fairness
    • Mary Wollstonecraft
      • from Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    • Simone de Beauvoir
      • The Second Sex, Introduction
    • Talia Mae Bettcher
      • “Trans Women and the Meaning of ‘Woman’”
    • Iris Marion Young
      • “Five Faces of Oppression”
    • Kwame Anthony Appiah
      • “How to Decide if Race Exists”
    • Ta-Nehisi Coates
      • from Between the World and Me

Part III: Life, Death, and Happiness

  • Epictetus
    • from the Enchiridion
  • AJ Ayer
    • “The Claims of Philosophy”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    • from Existentialism is a Humanism
  • Albert Camus
    • from The Myth of Sisyphus
  • Thomas Nagel
    • “The Absurd”
  • Kathy Behrendt
    • “Reasons to Live Versus Reasons Not to Die”

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

    • Combines Theory and Practice. Includes readings on: ethical theory; ethical issues; justice; equality & fairness; and life, death, & happiness.
    • Written and Edited for Students. Unlike most other 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. Thirty-four historical and contemporary readings are included, ranging from Plato through to the present day.
    • Important Contemporary Issues. Selections offer contrasting positions on issues such as immigration, terrorism, gender, and race.
    • Women Authors. A higher proportion of readings by women than most comparable anthologies.
    • 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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