"This is an extraordinary rich and refreshing collection of essaysthat brings together some of the most illuminating and provocativeessays to be found in philosophy. This volume reveals the majestyof philosophy while, at the same time, showcasing the diversity andcreativity that has made philosophy so appealing to the very bestminds. I expect this reader to become a classic text." LaurenceThomas, Syracuse University
"This marvelous collection of readings from the Westerntradition draws judiciously both from classic texts andcontemporary authors. Reminding us of the basic importance for allhuman life of the central questions of philosophy, it orms anexcellent introduction to the subject." Roger Trigg, Universityof Warwick
Philosophy: The Big Questions occupies a unique position among introductory texts in philosophy. Designed for a single-semester introductory course in philosophy, it includes both classic readings in philosophy and newer articles. The text is organized around central problems in philosophy and the diverse approaches that philosophers have taken toward those problems.Readers of this innovative and accessible volume will encounter canonical works in the history of philosophy, and at the same time see the relevance of philosophy to topics they have encountered in their everyday lives..