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This book provides an in-depth, problem-oriented introduction to philosophical analysis using an extremely clear, readable approach. The Fourth Edition does not only update coverage throughout the book, but also restores the introductory chapter--Words and the World--the most distinguished, widely acclaimed feature of the first two editions.


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This book provides an in-depth, problem-oriented introduction to philosophical analysis using an extremely clear, readable approach. The Fourth Edition does not only update coverage throughout the book, but also restores the introductory chapter--Words and the World--the most distinguished, widely acclaimed feature of the first two editions.

30 review for An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis

  1. 4 out of 5

    WarpDrive

    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. It is a well written, interesting and informative book. Unfortunately it is a bit uneven (too basic in some parts - only at beginner/intermediate level at best), but overall a nice book. Some portions of the book are brilliantly executed and thoroughly enjoyable (such as the ones dealing with the hard problem of consciousness and the debate over mind-body duality/relationship, and the ones dealing with issues of causality, predictability, the problem of induction, the 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. It is a well written, interesting and informative book. Unfortunately it is a bit uneven (too basic in some parts - only at beginner/intermediate level at best), but overall a nice book. Some portions of the book are brilliantly executed and thoroughly enjoyable (such as the ones dealing with the hard problem of consciousness and the debate over mind-body duality/relationship, and the ones dealing with issues of causality, predictability, the problem of induction, the concept of "Universal Law", determinism versus indeterminism, and free will). On the not-so-positive side, the section on logic is average and quite basic in contents, and the section on ethics is quite uninspiring and it even deteriorates (in the sub-section about "social ethics") into a thinly disguised apologism of unfettered laissez-faire economic liberalism. Recommended as a non-technical, intermediate-level introduction to some typical subjects of philosophical inquiry. Nothing earth-shattering, but a quite solid and interesting, easy and informative read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ted Morgan

    Original Review: I would have to look at my college transcript to know when I first read this textbook. It was my textbook for Introduction to Philosophy at university. I recall not liking the book that much but I did take it seriously though probably more than I ought to have. I was reading Karl Popper outside of class. I took Popper more seriously. John Hospers was not an Ayn Rand devotee but he admired her and her work. He was a libertarian with a capital "A" and his textbook while not reekin Original Review: I would have to look at my college transcript to know when I first read this textbook. It was my textbook for Introduction to Philosophy at university. I recall not liking the book that much but I did take it seriously though probably more than I ought to have. I was reading Karl Popper outside of class. I took Popper more seriously. John Hospers was not an Ayn Rand devotee but he admired her and her work. He was a libertarian with a capital "A" and his textbook while not reeking of that nonsense has about it a stench. Still, Hospers was a lucid writer. I still own the textbook. It is somewhere in my apartment. My state university department of philosophy had strong teachers but also a pervasive positivist cast at certain levels. The head the department thought of philosophy as a social science, not a liberal art which did position to some degree what we studies, though never without some opposition or difference. A friend was the student instructor in the course. He used this text pretty much as a ground or base for the course. I no longer recall my grade. On the whole Hospers covered the basic inclinations of Western Philosophy competently and often quite well. He dealt with casualty, determinism, indeterminism, inference, mind/body, and consciousness at what must have been for me at a good introductory level. He discussed much more actually. His political basis was not evident to me at the time and probably expressed my own views at the moment anyway. I was not quite up to grasping Popper at the time anyway. Hospers covered the gap. I was not quite up to Popper at that moment. I did outside reading during the course. I think Hospers provided background for what I was thinking. I did not really grasp Popper at the time. The dates I read are guesses.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    This book provides a good overview of Western philosophy and the informal writing style adopted by the author enables him to engage with amateurs and beginners. It also serves as a quick-reference to major issues in Western philosophy; e.g. deism, ethics.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian W. Beck

    Put it in the classroom.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kyab

    best for beginners of the philosophy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    DDejong

    I read this book between the age of 18 and 20. I did not read it in one go, it was my second book, a book I always had with me and would read waiting for a bus, skipping a class and when I did not have anything else to read at hand. It was more than 30 years ago that I read it. The edition I read was the Revised Edition. I somehow can remember the books I read as a kid more clearly than books I read 5 years ago. The reason I write this review is that I briefly looked at the latest edition at a sa I read this book between the age of 18 and 20. I did not read it in one go, it was my second book, a book I always had with me and would read waiting for a bus, skipping a class and when I did not have anything else to read at hand. It was more than 30 years ago that I read it. The edition I read was the Revised Edition. I somehow can remember the books I read as a kid more clearly than books I read 5 years ago. The reason I write this review is that I briefly looked at the latest edition at a sale. The edition I read seems more packed and chapters are not framed in the form of questions. Since I read it for fun, I skipped the exercises. However, I clearly remember how it shaped the way I read and formulate arguments since. I was never a student of the book and did not consider it as a self-help guide to philosophy. As the book progressed through editions it changed with the syllabus/curriculum and now focus on guiding students through an exam. It is very different from the Revised edition written in 1967. Initially the book guides you through the simplest aspects of philosophy, like the different between words in quotes and words without quotes. And it warns you to take care of your sources of knowledge. Followed by an explanation of how truth is structured and the principles of logic. Then the book explains that the laws, theories or explanations we make have the problem of induction, determinism, freedom, religion and causality. Here you are at approximately page 500. At this point you realize that philosophy is never going to be absolute, you realize that observation is precision, that you should look at facts very carefully when you draw conclusion and that you should always have an open mind. Then you will learn about the 'isms (only some, not all) and ethics for another 150 pages.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gregory

    Bardzo udana książka, która może być wstępem do filozofowania. Nie jakąś naukową pozycją, ale raczej zbiorem podstawowych zagadnień którymi zajmuje się ta dziedzina wiedzy. Bawiłem się dobrze, mimo braku podstaw merytorycznych. Jeśli interesują cię problemy tego świata, to z pewnością znajdziesz tu coś interesującego do przemyślenia.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    My opinion is that you use his booklists for your collection, and throw away the book! Seriously, i'm very impressed with his attempt at trying to make one of the better lists of philosophy books to have on your bookshelf and is anyone with all the different editions, interested in doing a goodreads list of his titles, one list for every chapter? one of my my copies, i did a chronological list of all the books, chapter by chapter and then at the back, a decade by decade number of books in every fiel My opinion is that you use his booklists for your collection, and throw away the book! Seriously, i'm very impressed with his attempt at trying to make one of the better lists of philosophy books to have on your bookshelf and is anyone with all the different editions, interested in doing a goodreads list of his titles, one list for every chapter? one of my my copies, i did a chronological list of all the books, chapter by chapter and then at the back, a decade by decade number of books in every field of philosophy [I did similar with Harold Bloom's The Western Canon to see when certain fields or nations were fashionable]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Farrell

    It was easy enough to understand. I felt that there was some unclear points he made, but it all made sense at the end.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    So far very good, especailly the excellent first chapter on language.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Packer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Piyathida

  13. 5 out of 5

    Duman

    As a guy in a traditional society, this book changed my life!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Rusk

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tomasz

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bit Ted

  17. 4 out of 5

    Youssef

  18. 5 out of 5

    Luca Minichiello

  19. 4 out of 5

    Damaris Utung

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rodgin Grace

  21. 5 out of 5

    Allen Radtke

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alan Walker

  23. 4 out of 5

    Babak

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  25. 4 out of 5

    Haris Bin Aqeel

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samir Rawas Sarayji

  27. 4 out of 5

    Saeed

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eric Raidl

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colette

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shubham Chhabra

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