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    Words of Wisdom: Intro to Philosophy

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    Jody Ondich, Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minnesota

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    Publisher: Jody Ondich

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Charles Bolyard, Professor of Philosophy, James Madison University on 7/31/23

    Positives: a. Coverage of Medieval period is pretty good, though the author lumps in Machiavelli, who is a Renaissance thinker for some reason. b. The index is easy to navigate. Negatives: a. There is no glossary. b. Some of the... read more

    Reviewed by Sujung Kim, Associate Professor, DePauw University on 12/2/20

    It certainly covers an extremely wide range of areas and ideas. While there are some non-Western examples (Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Rumi, etc.) sporadically, in terms of its cultural representation, the book could have been more comprehensive. read more

    Reviewed by Bruce Meyer, Adjunct Faculty, Humanities, Middlesex Community College on 6/25/20

    The book ranges widely, very widely, from Aesop to Weisel, or as I prefer, from Anscombe to Nietzsche. There is attention given to more legitimate sources of ethical deliberation than most other introductory texts. In addition, the book makes... read more

    Reviewed by George Zamzow, English Instructor, Portland Community College on 6/23/20

    The book is a comprehensive survey of western philosophy, and it includes several texts from other world cultures. read more

    Reviewed by Stephen Nelson, Instructor, Northland Community and Technical College on 11/25/19

    The scope of this textbook is definitely broad enough for a typical Intro to Philosophy class. It may not be as comprehensive as the average anthology textbook, but those books include way more content than could possibly be covered in a semester.... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Front Matter
    • I. Classics
    • II. Medieval Materials
    • III. Spiritual Philosophy and Tales from the World
    • IV. Early Modern Wisdom 1500-1750
    • V. Late Modern Wisdom 1750-1950 CE
    • VI. Modern Wisdom
    • VII. Links to Additional Great Resources
    • Back Matter

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    • About the Book

      Words of Wisdom can come from anyone. In this text we discuss topics ranging from "Are Humans good by nature?" to "Is there a God?" to "Do I have the right to my own opinion?" Philosophy is the study of wisdom, and can emerge in our conversations in social media, in school, around the family dinner table, and even in the car. The text uses materials that are 2,500 years old, and materials that were in the news this year. Wise people come in all shapes and types, and from every culture on earth. We have poetry and folktales, sacred writings and letters. Dialogues and interviews, news columns, Ted Talks, You Tube recordings and even comedy are all a part of the content in this text.You will be most successful reading this on line. The formatting in the downloadable versions is not wonderful. There is work being done by the software, but in the meantime, you will want to use it by clicking here on "read book:".

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