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The Practice of Philosophy: Handbook for Beginners
Based on the author's nearly 30 years' of teaching introductory philosophy -- and his observations of where beginning readers run into difficulty -- this compact "primer" gives readers the basic tools they need to explore philosophical reading and writing for the first time. Provides insights and strategies for helping readers get started with reading, thinking about, and ...more
Paperback, 133 pages
Published August 11th 1995 by Pearson
(first published January 1st 1984)
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An essential tool for any undergraduate major or minor in philosophy. This book gets beneath the surface and explains how (analytic) philosophy is done; everything from finding the explicit and implicit arguments to the different ways of reading(and criticizing)a philsophic argument.
Probably one of the best books I've read on how to read philosophical works. That is, how to pick apart an argument, how to detect the point of an argument without getting side-tracked, etc. As books on or about philosophy go, this one is a pretty no-nonsense book.
Jay F. Rosenberg was the author of many philosophy books, articles, and textbooks, and was a professor of philosophy at University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, he wrote a students' cookbook which is still in print at the Reed College bookstore (his alma mater).More about Jay F. Rosenberg...