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Reason and Culture: An Introduction to Philosophy

 
 
 
 
Reason and Culture: An Introduction to Philosophy
Author: John Arthur - Amy Shapiro - William M. Throop
ISBN 13: 9780130285669
ISBN 10: 130285668
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2001-01-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 680
List Price: $151.20
 
 

Everyone's life is fashioned in large measure from the three practices of morality, science, and religion. This fresh approach to philosophy focuses on these practices, each studied from the dual perspectives of reason and culture. Discussion and analysis of morality, science, and religion are infused with philosophical arguments and concepts. The book discusses each practice from three points of view: the nature of the practice (including its connections with larger issues of the purpose and meaning of human life), its ielttion to culture, and the role reason plays in the practice.

Reason and Culture, First Edition, shows how traditional philosophical problems emerge naturally, out of our relationships with morality, science, and religion. Students will see that the philosophical issues raised in these readings are intrinsic elements in their daily lives.

Key features of the book include:

  • links traditional philosophical issues to the practices of morality, science, and religion
  • uses an interdisciplinary perspective to demonstrate philosophy's breadth; uses the critical, rational edge of philosophical writing as a tool to understand interactions among cultural practices
  • emphasizes the impact of science on culture
  • integrates the readings into a coherent whole
  • allows instructors great flexibility, enabling them to tailor the readings to their own needs within a clear, thematic course
  • shows how philosophical reflection is a natural part of human experience; encourages students to think critically about their own lives

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This textbook for an introductory course in philosophy studies the practices of morality, science, and religion from the dual perspectives of reason and culture. Issues are introduced through readings from thinkers such as C.S. Lewis, John Stuart Mill, Freud, Kant, Nietzsche, and Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik. A sampling of topics includes technology and the transformation of culture, feelings and reason in morality, and religion and education. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)