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Fundamentals of Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited by John Shand


464 pages

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Fundamentals of Philosophy is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to philosophy. Based on the well-known series of the same name, this textbook brings together specially commissioned articles by leading philosophers of philosophy's key topics.

Each chapter provides an authoritative overview of topics commonly taught at undergraduate level, focusing on the major issues that typically arise when studying the subject. Discussions are up to date and written in an engaging manner so as to provide students with the core building blocks of their degree course. Fundamentals of Philosophy is an ideal starting point for those coming to philosophy for the first time and will be a useful complement to the primary texts studied at undergraduate level. Ideally suited to novice philosophy students, it will also be of interest to those in related subjects across the humanities and social sciences.


'The chapters are of a uniformly high quality and many are written by luminaries in their fields … ' - James Ladyman, senior lecturer in philosophy, Bristol University, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'The collection really comes into its own in terms of the breadth of subjects covered and the depth of discussion. Few other introductions contain such detailed discussions; even fewer do so while covering such a range of subjects.' - Chris Lindsay, University of Glasgow

"This book offers an excellent resource both for the undergraduate and for the early graduate student, as it can serve to fill in lacunae and round out their philosophical education. Anyone taking a beginning class in a field represented by one of the chapters would be extremely well advised to read the chapter on that field both before and after the semester. Courses often get bogged down among philosophical trees; this book will force the student to notice the forest." -- Marc Zelcer, City College, City University of New York, Teaching Philosophy

About the Editor

John Shand is Associate Lecturer at the Open University. He is series editor of the Fundamentals of Philosophy series (Routledge), author of Arguing Well (Routledge, 2000) and Philosophy and Philosophers (Acumen 2002).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General