Does the center hold an introduction to western philosophy

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does the center hold an introduction to western philosophy

Does the Center Hold?: An Introduction to Western Philosophy by Donald D. Palmer

Palmers book organizes philosophy into broad themes and presents a variety of figures, schools of thought, and issues related to these categories (epistemology, ontology, ethics, sociopolitical thought, art and aesthetics). The selection of thinkers and ideas is pretty diverse considering the traditional bias in Western philosophy, and Palmer does a pretty good job of giving thorough summaries in a short amount of space. Of course, as with any introductory book, controversial topics are glossed quickly and some interpretations may ruffle more knowledgeable readers, but it seems like Palmer tries to indicate where some of the debates might lie and where they are heading.

The supposed attraction of this book is Palmers cartoons. He has strung images throughout the text that illustrate important, difficult, or unusual concepts, and he has attempted to be humorous. I think he is overconfident about his skills as a humorous, and the illustrations would be more helpful if he allowed some to be serious and some to be funny, rather than trying to make each of them a comic strip. Many of the jokes dont make sense to those new to the history of philosophy, and the level of corniness is very high.

I probably wouldnt use this book for an intro class; it can be challenging at times, and I really prefer using primary texts. Nonetheless, I would probably recommend this textbook for a new teacher who didnt have time to design their own reader or set of texts.
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  3. Ranger H. says:

    As far as philosophy goes, there's always something fascinating to learn or discover about how we act, react, and function with each other and the world we live.

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