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The adventure of philosophy
Navia, Luis E.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [1999]

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ix, 160 pages ; 25 cm.

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Well-written and engaging, this volume explores the most important questions and issues that have absorbed philosophers over the past twenty-five centuries. The quest to define reality, the problem of the existence of God, the search for moral values, the problem of evil, the discovery of the self, and other philosophical issues are clearly outlined in six thematic chapters. The ideas of ancient, medieval, and modern philosophers are integrated into a reflective and compelling narrative, which aims at emphasizing the timeless relevance of these questions and concerns and at eliciting from the readers their own responses to the issues raised. The book includes a comprehensive bibliography and two extensive glossaries that outline the theories of all the philosophers mentioned and explain the main philosophical terms used in the text. Designed specifically for undergraduate students taking their first courses in philosophy and for anybody who wishes to gain acquaintance with the subject, this comprehensive volume sheds light on the significance of the philosophical adventure.

Author Notes

LUIS E. NAVIA is Professor of Philosophy at New York Institute of Technology. He has held various administrative positions, including the deanship of the School of Arts, Sciences, and Communications. He has published fourteen books-most recently Classical Cynicism: A Critical Study (Greenwood, 1996) and Diogenes of Sinope: The Man in the Tub (Greenwood, 1998)-and numerous articles.

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Navia (New York Inst. of Technology and author of Diogenes of Sinope: The Man in the Tub, CH Jul'99) has written a brief and fairly conventional introduction to philosophy that is helpful in several respects. He addresses issues of current importance, including information overload and relativism; explains, in a way that makes sense to nonphilosophers, why philosophy is important or relevant; and gives credit to cultures other than ancient Greece for the human experience of wonder that has always inspired philosophical reflection. The first three chapters provide a historical introduction to philosophy; the last three explore issues of ethics, God, and reality. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are constantly brought into the conversation, as are Kant and many others. An interesting book to read, though perhaps not unique in its approach and arguments. Recommended for undergraduates, community and technical program students, and general readers R. Severson; Marylhurst University

Table of Contents

The Meaning of Philosophy
The Discovery of the Mind Socrates and the Pursuit of the Self
The Search for Moral Values
The Problem of the Existence of God
The Quest for Reality
Glossary of Names
Glossary of Philosophical Terms
Select Bibliography