The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554813827 / 1554813824
  • 1050 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"
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The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy

  • Publication Date: March 30, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554813827 / 1554813824
  • 1050 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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.

For courses on religion, epistemology, and metaphysics, or courses on ethics and social-political philosophy, a split-volume version of The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy is also available:

The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy, Volume 1: Knowledge and Reality
The Broadview Introduction to Philosophy, Volume 2: Values and Society

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”

Part IV: 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 V: 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 VI: 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.

  • 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. Seventy-five historical and contemporary readings are included, ranging from Plato through to the present day. Readings are substantial, and in many cases complete (including the full text of Descartes’s
  • Comprehensive Coverage. This anthology includes extensive coverage of foundational issues such as free will, God, and ethical theory, but also readings on contemporary themes such as immigration, gender, race, and epistemic bias.
  • 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.
  • 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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