Philosophy and the Good Life: A Text for Beginners
Author(s): Marcos Arandia
Whereas most textbooks consist either of 1) anthologies consisting almost entirely of primary source material without commentary or explanation or 2) a series of summaries of classic texts containing little of what the philosophers themselves actually wrote, Philosophy and the Good Life steers a middle course between these two extremes by presenting the ideas of some of the greatest minds of the Philosophic Tradition in as close to their original form as possible, while at the same time providing commentaries that guide students toward a clearer understanding of the rather complex and difficult primary source material they will encounter therein.
In addition, the web component to Philosophy and the Good Life contains valuable student resources, including practice quizzes, PPT slides, and video lectures for each chapter.
Instructor resources include test banks with T/F, multiple-choice, and essay questions, as well as discussion board questions.
Chapter 1: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave
Chapter 2: Plato’s Euthyphro
Chapter 3: Plato’s Apology of Socrates
Chapter 4: Epicurus and Hedonism
Chapter 5: St. Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law
Chapter 6: Thomas Hobbes: Psychological Egoism and the Social Contract
Chapter 7: Friedrich Nietzsche: “The Mad Man and the Death of God”; Beyond Good and Evil
Chapter 8: Jose Ortega y Gasset: The Crowd Phenomenon
Chapter 9: Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialism
Chapter 10: Theodore Dalrymple: Critique of Modernity