By Robert C. Solomon
Introducing Philosophy: A textual content with built-in Readings, 11th version, is a thrilling, available, and thorough creation to the middle questions of philosophy and the various ways that they're, and feature been, replied. The authors mix huge choices from major works within the heritage of philosophy with excerpts from present philosophy, clarifying the readings and offering context with their very own specified observation and clarification. Spanning 2,500 years, the decisions diversity from the oldest identified fragments to state-of-the-art modern essays. equipped topically, the chapters current replacement perspectives--including analytic, continental, feminist, and non-Western viewpoints--alongside the historic works of significant Western philosophers.
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Crito: I have nothing to say, Socrates. ^ Socrates believed that the good of his "soul" was far more important than the transient pleasures of life. Accordingly, he preferred to die for his ideas than live as a hypocrite. An idea worth living for may be an idea worth dying for as well. And while he was saying this, he was holding the cup, and then drained it calmly and easily. Most of us had been able to hold back our tears reasonably well up till then, but when we saw him drinking it and after he drank it, we could hold them back no longer; my own tears came in floods against my will.
You have been away from Athens less than the lame or the blind or other handicapped people. It is clear that the city has been outstandingly more congenial to you than to other Athenians, and so have we, the laws, for what city can please if its laws do not? Will you then not now stick to our agreements? You will, Socrates, if we can persuade you, and not make yourself a laughingstock by leaving the city. "Be persuaded by us who have brought you up, Socrates. Do not value either your children or your life or anything else more than goodness, in order that you may have all this as your defense before rulers there.
Millersville University. At Harcourt College Publishers, my editors—David Tatom, Katie Frushour, and Katherine Dennis—have earned my appreciation for their work to give this edition XIV ♦ PREFACE its own distinctive character. Also deserving recognition are production manager Linda McMillan and designer Scott Baker. But I also want above all to once again thank my first philosophy teachers—Robert Hanson, Doris Yokum, Elizabeth Flower, James Ross, and C. G. Hempel—who provided me with the models and the materials for an ideal introductory philosophy course, and the many students who still continue to make the teaching of philosophy one of the more satisfying professions in a not easily satisfying world.