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Philosophy: A Text with Readings
Engaging and compelling on every page, Velasquez's text helps you explore and understand philosophy while it helps you appreciate how philosophy is relevant to your day-to-day life and the larger social world. This trusted text combines clear prose and primary source readings to take you on a meaningful exploration of a range of philosophical topics, such as human nature, ...more
Paperback, 634 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Wadsworth Publishing Company
(first published January 1988)
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Oct 03, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This book covered so many awesome and frightening concepts that organizing and filtering them properly was difficult when reading, and the choice in what to believe in was masked because of the impulse to synthesize all the relevant knowledge. Fortunately, the logic and reason sections provided a framework for harsh topics such as death and societal collapse. The ugliness of the sciences of collective opinions were compensated with the greatness of meanings such as truth and beauty. All in all, ...more
Fine Tuning: The 300 constants, the laws of physics, the Goldilocks principle, Earth being the perfect distance from the sun. This is all meant for me. It is designed so I may be here. This is so beautiful. I am so happy, because I am so special. I am so special. Wait. Wait. I must be grateful. I must be humble. I must give credit where credit is due. Thank you, being whose existence is impossible to prove. I shall sing your name, for you waited fourteen billion years after you created the unive ...more
I believe I have the 8th edition (newer) of this textbook, although we heavily referenced the previous edition in my Philosophy 101 course. I positively loved the "Philosophy In The Movies" sections, where it gave you a movie name, picture, and synopsis as well as some philosophy-centered questions related to the production. My online classmates and I had some fantastic philosophical conversations regarding Contact, Donnie Darko and Water. Thank you Mr. Velasquez, your textbook has helped in mak ...more