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Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Featuring lucid and conversational prose and a well-chosen, reader-friendly array of succinct excerpts from canonical primary sources, ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, 7E brings philosophy to life. This reader-friendly book examines philosophies and philosophers using an engaging, non-condescending approach that speaks to you at your level. The new edit ...more
Paperback, 7th edition, 640 pages
Published February 6th 2010 by Wadsworth/Cengage Learning (first published 1992)
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Jason Law
This was a rewarding book. I had already read Norman Melchert's 'The Great Conversation' before reading this book. Compared to Melchert's book, Soccio's handling of the theoretical part of the philosophies themselves could arguably be said to be somewhat superficial. He merely gives the reader enough information to enable them to understand the issues each philosophical viewpoint is dealing with. As an example, Melchert dedicated two whole chapters in his book to Wittgenstein while Soccio confin ...more
not altogether bad... but, in my opinion, the author breezes by in many topics
Was pretty easy to comprehend, but I only read it because it was necessary for my degree plan :P if I didn't have to, I wouldn't have read it. But overall, pretty clear and concise.
I had to read this for a class over a decade ago, but it is excellent and I still go back to it from time to time.
You know you are bored when you are reading your husband's old textbook, but I never took a formal Philosophy class and I felt like I was missing out. Fortunately, I am realizing that I got a lot of "Philosophy" in Music 201-202 and American Heritage, oddly enough. Still, it is nice to get back to the basics. This book is interesting enough that I am reading it in my spare time and am not motivated by a grade. :-) hahaha! I enjoy Soccio's writing style as well, although things are pretty boiled ...more
Victoria Nicholson
I am currently reading this all the way through.I am on the 5th chapter
on Socrates.Ive read about the Asian sages and the sophists.I love this textbook .Its much better with greater more clever clarity in my
opinon than the other philosophy textbook I read which was titled for
Dummies or for Idiots. Ill probably buy a hardcover and always keep
one in my library for reference. Im going to give my softcover as a
gift to a friend after Ive read it all.
Currently reading for a class I will substitute teach in October 2012. More soon.

Book 54 2012 Reading Challenge. Terrific book for undergraduates who are being introduced to philosophy.

Lots of modern examples of how each philosophy could play out in a 21st century life. A combination of Western and Eastern thinkers.
This is a really great textbook for an intro to philosophy class. The author writes in a way that makes each thinker's project and ideas clear. I read it because somebody was giving away books and I just really like the title. If and when i teach an intro class, I imagine i'll use this book.
Lane Wilkinson
I mistakenly used this text when I first taught PHI 1030, "Introduction to Philosophical Problems."

Why do I give one star? There are several reasons, all of which are summed-up by Soccio's definition of knowledge as "true belief".

I am not making that up. "True belief."

(Seventh Edition)
Nice layout. A few good excerpts and additional information.
Offers basic information of around fifteen to twenty philosophers and their philosophies. A decent book if paired with a good lecture.
Apr 12, 2010 Noemie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone taking philosophy/humanities classes
Recommended to Noemie by: Teachers
I've read this book for my philosophy classes and I thought it was really well written. It is easy to understand.
you can learn that you have no idea what learning is!
Blerta Massie
I loved reading this book
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