Puzzled

puzzledPuzzled?!: An Introduction to Philosophizing (Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 2015) by Philosophy Assistant Professor Richard Kenneth Atkins seamlessly fuses two traditional approaches to the study of philosophy at the introductory level. It is thematic, examining fundamental issues in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of religion, and it is also historical, introducing major philosophical arguments that have arisen throughout the history of Western philosophy. Each of its chapters begins with a traditional argument of a thoroughly puzzling kind: a valid philosophical argument with highly plausible premises but a surprising conclusion. The remainder of the chapter shows how major innovations in the history of philosophy arise as logical responses to that argument. 

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