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Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering

Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering is an undergraduate philosophy textbook, originally published in 1973, authored by James L. Christian. It takes a unique synoptic approach: the author believes that philosophy is critical thinking about the "Big Picture". The goal of the book is not merely to introduce the history of formal thinking in western culture, but also to provide students with practical approaches and tools for dealing with some of the enduring questions as they manifest in everyday life. Thus the book focuses on this "big picture" and the interdisciplinary origins of philosophical thinking. He thus addresses the concerns that most people "wonder" about: Does life have meaning? Does God exist? How do you know right from wrong? and so on. The presentation is interwoven with cartoons, quotations, and related findings from the social and physical sciences that ensure central philosophical concepts are accessible. New learning objectives in this edition further strengthen the book's reader-friendly approach. An eclectic range of topics reinforces the author's presentation of philosophy as the individual's attempt to unify disparate world views, with interspersed biographies that provide glimpses into the lives of great thinkers who have molded the Western philosophical tradition and largely influenced how society thinks today.

Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering
Philosophy An Introduction to the Art of Wondering 9thEd.jpg
Ninth edition cover
AuthorJames L. Christian
LanguageEnglish
SubjectPhilosophy
PublisherHolt McDougal
Publication date
1973
Media typeHardback
Pages524
ISBN978-0-03-080259-1

It has many editions published from 1973-2011.

ContentsEdit

  • Prelude
    • Credit - Blame - Acknowledgments
    • What Do You Mean, Philosophy?

1. The Fine Art of Wondering

2. The Condition and the Odyssey

  • 2-1 Predicament
  • 2-2 Self
  • 2-3 Growth
  • 2-4 Lifetime

3. The Real World: Knowing and Unknowing

4. The Inner World: The Fantastic Journey

  • 4-1 Psyche
  • 4-2 Time
  • 4-3 Freedom
  • 4-4 Symbols

5. Delicate Coexistence: The Human Love/Hate Condition

  • 5-1 History
  • 5-2 Laws/Conscience
  • 5-3 Lifestyles
  • 5-4 Ethics

6. The Protoplasmic Venture

  • 6-1 Life
  • 6-2 Humans
  • 6-3 Earth
  • 6-4 Future

7. Microcosm/Macrocosm/Cosmos

  • 7-1 Knowledge of Nature
  • 7-2 Space/Time/Motion
  • 7-3 Cosmos
  • 7-4 Biocosmos

8. Of Ultimate Concern

  • 8-1 Of Ultimate Concern
  • 8-2 Ultimate Reality
  • 8-3 Death/Immortality
  • 8-4 Meaning/Existence
  • Postlude
  • Glossary
  • Credits
  • Index to Marginal Quotations
  • Name/Subject Index

EditionsEdit

  1. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 11th ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-1-111-29808-1 Trade paperback 696 pages Wadsworth Publishing Company 2012
  2. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 10th ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-495-50504-4 Trade paperback 669 pages Wadsworth Publishing Company 2008
  3. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 9th ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-534-51250-7 Trade paperback 639 pages Wadsworth Publishing Company 2005
  4. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 8th ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-15-505905-4 Hardcover 736 pages Wadsworth Publishing Company 2002
  5. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 7th Revised ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-15-505592-6 Hardcover 688 pages Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc 1999
  6. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 6th ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-15-500373-6 Hardcover 664 pages Harcourt Brace College Publishers 1994
  7. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 5th ed. Ill. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-03-030414-9 Hardcover 624 pages Holt McDougal 1990
  8. Philosophy, an Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 4th ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-03-071747-5 Hardcover 613 pages Holt McDougal 1986
  9. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 3rd ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-03-047416-3 Hardcover 597 pages Holt McDougal 1981
  10. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering, 2nd ed. by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-03-089880-8 Hardcover 716 pages Holt McDougal 1977
  11. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering by James Lee Christian ISBN 978-0-03-080259-1 Hardcover 524 pages Holt McDougal 1973

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