Summary: This text provides an in-depth, problem-oriented introduction to philosophical analysis using an extremely clear, readable approach. The Fourth Edition only updates coverage throughout the book, but also restores the introductory chapter--Words and the World--the most distinguished, widely acclaimed feature of the first two editions.
Examines the classic philosophical problems--mind and body, determinism, God, the limits and nature of knowledge, etc.--in t ...show moreerms of traditional and 20th century analytical methods.
Presents discussions in a clear, concise manner, using a relaxed, informal organization to make coverage more reader- friendly.
Develops a logical order of ideas--a question is asked, a word involved is defined or investigated, and a discussion is undertaken.
Provides extremely comprehensive analyses of each major issue.
Accounts for the considerations of language as they are needed (as opposed to including a lengthy introduction on language).
Examines metaphysical and linguistic approaches in detail to bring out the subtleties of each argument.