Category: Introductions to philosophy (specific)

Central Problems of Philosophy (series).

Title: Central Problems of Philosophy (series). Editor/s: Shand, John. Material type: Book. Publisher/date: McGill–Queens University Press and Acumen Publishers. Format: Paperback. (Between 180 -320 pages.) Area and topic: Key/important philosophical issues/topics/problems. Intended audience/ reading level: Tertiary/upper. Purchasing and information: http://www.acumenpublishing.co.uk/results mqup.mcgill.ca/book_list.php?series=11&records=20 amazon.com fishpond.co.nz Unique and/or salient feature/s: Each book in ‘The Central Problems of Philosophy’ […]

Blackwell Philosophy Guides (series).

Title: Blackwell Philosophy Guides (series). Editor/s: Cahn, Steven. Material type: Book. Publisher/date: Blackwell. Format: Paper back. (Between 350 – 450 pages). Area and topic: Core branches/sub-disciplines of philosophy. Intended audience/ reading level: Tertiary/upper. Purchasing and information: 1) www.blackwellpublishing.com/seriesbyseries.asp?ref=BBPG 2) amazon.com  3) fishpond.co.nz Unique and/or salient feature/s: The ‘Blackwell Philosophy Guides’ offer critical surveys of specific […]

Arguing about Philosophy (series).

Title: Arguing about Philosophy (series). Editor/s: Nothing found on series editor. Material type: Book. Publisher/date: Routledge. Format: Volumes may be as large as 600 pages in length. Area and topic: Key/important philosophical issues/topics/problems. Intended audience/ reading level: Tertiary/lower. Purchasing and information: 1) www.routledge.com/books/series/arguing_about_philosophy_AAPHI/ 2) amazon.com, 3) fishpond.co.nz. Unique and/or salient feature/s: ‘Arguing about Philosophy’ is […]

Introducing Aesthetics

This book introduces some of the main issues in aesthetics. It focuses on ideas and thinkers; it also makes an attempt at historical narrative. Students would find this boo replete with illustrations reasonably engaging. One of its strengths is that it illustrates the wide range of philosophical debates into which aesthetics injects itself. The book […]

Introducing Political Philosophy

This book introduces some of the main issues in political philosophy. It is focused on the ideas of particular thinkers (rather than on the ideas to which various thinkers have contributed); it also makes an attempt at historical narrative. Students would find this book – replete with illustrations – relatively easy to engage with, although […]

Ethics Introduction Online

Another more comprehensive introduction to the concepts used in ethics, meta-ethics, and applied ethics. Provides some useful links to other pages for further reading.

Plato for Beginners

Title: Plato for beginners Editor: Cavalier, Robert Publisher: For Beginners LLC Date: 1998 ISBN: 1-934389-08-0 Part of the “For Beginner” series which includes some philosophy titles, this is a comic book style guide to Plato’s works. Although it uses plenty of pictures and simple language, the concepts are advanced and intended for deep reflection.

A short history of Islamic philosophy

Title: A short history of Islamic philosophy Author: Leaman, Oliver Publisher: Polity Press, Cambridge Date: 1999 Excerpt: Pages 1-12 ISBN: 0-7456-1960-6 The introduction to this book by Oliver Leaman is entitled ‘A brief introduction to Islamic philosophy’. This short piece would give older students some insight into how and why Islamic philosophy developed, and the […]

An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Colin Bird

Title: An Introduction to Political Philosophy Editor: Colin Bird Publisher: Cambridge ISBN: 9780521544825 Each chapter of this book looks at an important issue in political philosophy. Some of the issues discussed (and, hence some of the chapters, are more accessible than others. Teachers could use this book to come to terms with the major issues […]