Doing Philosophy gives students a clear idea of the nature of philosophical problems and the importance of the search for their solutions. By acquainting students with philosophical theories and the thought experiments used to test their validity, this text fosters active learning and helps students become better thinkers.
- More than 75 thought experiments describe the possible situations in which a particular theory should hold but doesn't, forcing students to examine both the thought experiment and the theory for flaws.
- A coherent theoretical framework aids students in their understanding of contemporary and traditional philosophical problems.
- A selection of classic and contemporary readings at the end of each chapter provides context for the philosophical theories and thought experiments. Each set of readings concludes with a piece of fiction which revisits many of the philosophical questions examined in the chapter.
- Chapter introductions explain the philosophical problem being explored, define key concepts, and identify chapter objectives.
- Self-contained sections within each chapter include their own summary, study questions, discussion questions. Additional pedagogy includes a list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter and a running glossary throughout the text.
- An energetic writing style, creative examples and exercises, and appealing quotations and illustrations make this text truly "student-friendly."