Friday, August 24, 2012
Review: Readings on the Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy (Penguin Academics Series) (2nd Edition)
Readings on the Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy (Penguin Academics Series) (2nd Edition) by Nils Ch Rauhut
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Overall, this book serves as an excellent introduction to issues of current debate in philosophy and to some of the best modern philosophers actively engaged in these discussions as well as earlier philosophers (Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle, for example) who raised points that are still debated and discussed today. I particularly enjoyed the point/counter-point format that most of the book followed. This provided the reader with an opportunity to see the best answers and answers-to-answers on the important issues covered. Often, it seems as if we were witnessing a live debate between several great minds. Those parts of the book with which I was disappointed were those in which the editor chose not to follow this format. For example, no response essay was offered to Deborah Mathieu's entry on "Male-Chauvinist Religion." As badly written and poorly historically informed as that essay is, I don't think that it should have been included in this book at all, especially not without an essay written in response to it or at least from the opposite perspective on the same issue. Aside from those few drawbacks, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in diving head first into the greatest topics of discussion of today and of all time: the ultimate questions.
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