The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy is a comprehensive anthology that surveys core topics in Western philosophy, including philosophy of religion, theories of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, social-political philosophy, and issues of life, death, and happiness. 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. Canonical texts from the history of philosophy are presented alongside contemporary scholarship; women authors are included throughout.
A concise version of this anthology is also available. For courses on religion, epistemology, and metaphysics, or courses on ethics and social-political philosophy, a split-volume version is offered:
“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
“The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy offers helpful contextualization and clarification of its readings, along with overviews of how particular arguments fit into larger discussions. But it also offers something more. Blending the ‘canon’ with the new—in terms of both the issues raised and the voices raising them—this anthology offers a compelling answer to the perennial question in introductory courses: Why should I care about philosophy? Because it matters.” — Brynn Welch, University of Alabama at Birmingham
“The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy is a very useful collection, as it initiates questions in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics out of considerations in the philosophy of religion. This is a compelling way to help students start philosophizing.” — Scott F. Aikin, Vanderbilt University
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
Does God Exist?
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: Does God Exist?
from Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
from Natural Theology
Theodicy: Abridgment of the Argument Reduced to Syllogistic Form
“Evil and Omnipotence”
Marilyn McCord Adams
Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God
“The Wager,” from Pensées
William K. Clifford
“The Ethics of Belief”
“The Will to Believe”
PART II: THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
“The Allegory of the Cave”
Meditations on First Philosophy
from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
from Critique of Pure Reason, Introduction
“Proof of an External World”
Edmund L. Gettier
“Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?”
“Is the Sex of the Knower Epistemologically Significant?”
“Scepticism and Implicit Bias”
Lee Hester and Jim Cheney
“Truth and Native American Epistemology”
Philosophy of Science
from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
“Scientific Inquiry: Invention and Test”
“Science: Conjectures and Refutations”
“Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice”
“Can There Be a Feminist Science?”
PART III: METAPHYSICS
Philosophy of Mind
from The Concept of Mind (“Descartes’s Myth”)
from “Troubles with Functionalism”
“What Is It Like to Be a Bat?”
from “Epiphenomenal Qualia” and “What Mary Didn’t Know”
“The Puzzle of Conscious Experience”
“How to Believe in Qualia”
from The Illusion of Free Will, Chapters 1 and 2
from Incompatibilism’s Allure
“Freedom and Necessity”
Harry G. Frankfurt
“Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility”
“Freedom and Resentment”
“Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility”
from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
“The Self and the Future”
Daniel C. Dennett
“Where Am I?”
“Experience, Agency, and Personal Identity”
PART IV: ETHICS
from Republic and Euthyphro
from Nicomachean Ethics
from Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals
John Stuart Mill
from Beyond Good and Evil, Sections 259–261
“Feminist Transformations of Moral Theory”
Judith Jarvis Thomson
“The Trolley Problem”
“Why Abortion Is Immoral”
Judith Jarvis Thomson
“A Defense of Abortion”
Christopher Heath Wellman
“Immigration and Freedom of Association”
José Jorge Mendoza
“The Ethics of Immigration Enforcement”
“Terrorism and War”
“Equality for Animals?”
“Is a Dolphin a Person?”
PART V: SOCIAL-POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
from Nicomachean Ethics, Book V, Sections 1–5
from Leviathan, Parts I–II
John Stuart Mill
from On Liberty
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
from The Communist Manifesto
from Justice as Fairness: A Restatement
from Anarchy, State, and Utopia
Susan Moller Okin
“Justice and Gender”
Equality and Fairness
from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Simone de Beauvoir
from 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 Races Exist”
from Between the World and Me
PART VI: LIFE, DEATH, AND HAPPINESS
What Is the Meaning of Life?
“The Claims of Philosophy”
from Existentialism Is a Humanism
from The Myth of Sisyphus
“Reasons to Live versus Reasons Not to Die”
Andrew Bailey is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of Arts at the University of Guelph.
— A Mix of the Historical and the Contemporary: Seventy-five readings are included, ranging from Plato through to the present day—including the full text of Descartes’s Meditations.
— A Broad Selection of Topics: Extensive coverage of classic philosophical topics, including free will, the existence of God, and ethical theory, along with readings on important social issues such as immigration, knowledge bias, and equality of race and gender.
— Contextualizing Introductions: Each reading opens with a substantial introduction designed to provide the context and background knowledge needed to understand the primary source.
— Thorough Annotations: Practical footnotes explain unfamiliar expressions, references, and concepts, making otherwise difficult readings accessible to those who are new to philosophy.
— Women Authors: A higher proportion of readings by women than other leading introductory anthologies, with female authors represented in each of the book’s sections.
— Supplemental Materials: Teaching notes and quiz questions are provided to instructors. Student readers receive complimentary 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.
An access code to this website is included with all examination and desk copies. If you received an instructor copy of the book but don’t have an access code, please contact us.
— Multiple-choice and true/false 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.).
— Teaching notes on each the book’s readings, written by an experienced philosophy instructor.
Every new copy of The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy includes a passcode granting access to a companion website. If you purchased a used copy of the book and did not receive an access code, you can purchase one for a nominal cost here.
— Self-Test Questions for each of the book’s readings, offered in an interactive format for immediate feedback.
— A unique Argumentative Essay Builder, through which one can generate a complete essay outline by responding to a series of prompts.
— Information on the conventions of writing in philosophy, including a list of fallacies, an annotated sample essay, and a guide to citation.
— A collection of philosophical puzzles and paradoxes.
— Suggestions for further reading, as well as two additional texts introduced and annotated by Andrew Bailey.
— Web links
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