Written for any readers interested in better harnessing philosophy’s real value, this book covers a broad range of fundamental philosophical problems and certain intellectual techniques for addressing those problems. In Introducing Philosophy: God, Mind, World, and Logic, Neil Tennant helps any student in pursuit of a ‘big picture’ to think independently, question received dogma, and analyse problems incisively. It also connects philosophy to other areas of study at the university, enabling all students to employ the concepts and techniques of this millennia-old discipline throughout their college careers – and beyond. 


-- Investigates the philosophy of various subjects (psychology, language, biology, math), helping students contextualize philosophy and view it as an interdisciplinary pursuit; also helps students with majors outside of philosophy to see the relationship between philosophy and their own focused academic pursuits

-- Author comes from a distinguished background in Logic and Philosophy of Language, which gives the book a level of rigor, balance, and analytic focus sometimes missing from primers to philosophy

-- Introduces students to various important philosophical distinctions (e.g. fact vs. value, descriptive vs. prescriptive, norms vs. laws of nature, analytic vs. synthetic, inductive vs. deductive, a priori vs. a posteriori) providing skills that are important for undergraduates to develop in order to inform their study at higher levels. They are essential for further work in philosophy but they are also very beneficial for students pursuing most other disciplines

-- Is much more methodologically comprehensive than competing introductions, giving the student the ability to address a wide range of philosophical problems – and not just the ones reviewed in the book

-- Offers a companion website with links to apt primary sources, organized chapter-by-chapter, making unnecessary a separate Reader/Anthology of primary sources – thus providing students with all reading material necessary for the course

-- Provides five to ten discussion questions for each chapter, helping instructors and students better interact with the ideas and concepts in the text

part Part I|90 pages

The Nature of Philosophy

chapter 1|14 pages

The Main Features of Philosophy

chapter 2|8 pages

Philosophy’s History and Legacy

chapter 3|15 pages

The Philosophical Temperament

chapter 4|23 pages

Important Concepts and Distinctions

chapter 5|10 pages

Kant’s Two Distinctions

chapter 6|18 pages

Important Opposing ‘-Isms’

part Part II|119 pages

Philosophy and Method

chapter 7|16 pages

What is Logic?

chapter 8|16 pages

Inductive Reasoning

chapter 9|14 pages

The Method of Conceptual Analysis

chapter 10|13 pages

The Method of Conceptual Explication

chapter 11|9 pages

The Method of Thought-Experiment

chapter 12|16 pages

Intellectual Creativity and Rigor

chapter 13|19 pages

Deduction in Mathematics and Science

chapter 14|14 pages

The Methodological Issue of Reductionism

part Part III|59 pages

The Existence of God

chapter 15|18 pages

A Priori Arguments for the Existence of God

chapter 16|14 pages

The Argument from Design

chapter 17|8 pages

The Argument from Contemporary Creationism

chapter 18|10 pages

Pascal’s Wager

chapter 19|6 pages

The Problem of Evil

part Part IV|66 pages

Mind, Body and External World

chapter 21|9 pages

Problems about Mind

chapter 22|10 pages

Cartesian Dualism v. Logical Behaviorism

chapter 23|8 pages

Materialism and Supervenience

chapter 24|14 pages


chapter 25|9 pages

Free Will v. Determinism

part Part V|70 pages

Representation, Inference and the Elusive Infinite

chapter 26|19 pages

Representation and Evaluation

chapter 27|13 pages

From Evaluation to Deduction

chapter 28|20 pages


chapter 30|8 pages

The Incompleteness of Arithmetic