Dr. Akiba's New Book, The Philosophy Major's Introduction to Philosophy
August 19, 2020
The Philosophy Major's Introduction to Philosophy: Concepts and Distinctions, from Routledge on August 26.
From Dr. Akiba:
"This book has stemmed from my teaching of PHIL 391: Topics in Philosophy: Philosophical Concepts in Fall 2017, 18, and 19. The course has now been converted into PHIL 300: Philosophical Concepts, starting this Fall, to be taught again by me. I plan to use the book as the textbook, although we have to do without it for the first few weeks. Current Philosophy major, Sarah Colquhoun, has helped me to complete the book by reading through the manuscript and giving me valuable suggestions, and her sister, Elizabeth, has drawn most of the many illustrations in the book. I am grateful to both."
Many philosophy majors are shocked by the gap between the relative ease of lower-level philosophy courses and the difficulty of upper-division courses. This book serves as a necessary bridge to upper-level study in philosophy by offering rigorous but concise and accessible accounts of basic concepts and distinctions that are used throughout the discipline. It serves as a valuable advanced introduction to any undergraduate who is moving into upper-level courses in philosophy.
While lower-level introductions to philosophy usually deal with popular topics accessible to the general student (such as contemporary moral issues, free will, and personal identity) in a piecemeal fashion, The Philosophy Major’s Introduction to Philosophy offers coverage of important general philosophical concepts, tools, and devices that may be used for a long time to come in various philosophical areas. The volume is helpfully divided between a focus on the relation between language and the world in the first three chapters and coverage of mental content in the final two chapters but builds a coherent narrative from start to finish. It also provides ample study questions and helpful signposts throughout, making it a must-have for any student attempting to engage fully with the problems and arguments in philosophy.