An Introduction to Systematic Philosophy
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An Introduction to Systematic Philosophy

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Item Code: UAH778
Author: Walter T. Marvin
Publisher: Shiv Books International, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2005
Pages: 580
Cover: HARDCOVER
Other Details 9.00 X 6.00 inch
Weight 760 gm
About The Book

There are two things that this book is not. First, it is not an historical introduction to philosophy. I have dealt only in a few cases with the history of the problems under consideration, but have generally given only brief notes and a few references to guide the student should he desire to devote some time to looking up historical matters. Secondly, it is not a handbook of philosophy. It does not give pro and con all the various doctrines held by the great philosophical writers of the past and the leading writers of the present. It does not give an exhaustive bibliography under the different headings, but mentions as a rule only those books with whose titles the beginner should get acquainted and in which he will find the best introduction to a further and profounder treatment of the problem in hand.

The book presupposes on the part of the reader a general knowledge of natural science, psychology, and formal logic.

Preface

There are two things that this book is not. First, it is not an historical introduction to philosophy. I have dealt only in a few cases with the history of the problems under consideration, but have generally given only brief notes and a few references to guide the student should he desire to devote some time to looking up historical matters. Secondly. it is not a handbook of philosophy. It does not give pro and con all the various doctrines held by the great philosophical writers of the past and the leading writers of the present. It does not give an exhaustive bibliography under the different headings, but mentions as a rule only those books with whose titles the beginner should get acquainted and in which he will find the best introduction to a further and profounder treatment of the problem in hand.

But what is the book? It is a attempt to state and explain the chief problems of philosophy as problems actually existing to-day, and to give such solution of these as the author is able to give. In fact, its chief value seems to me to lie in the selection and in the order of the problems with which it deals. The instructor who uses the book for his classes may easily select those chapters which he wishes to omit and those which he desires to emphasize. I strongly urge the beginner and the general reader to omit fot the first reading the following chapter: V, VII, X, XII, XIII, XX, XXX, XXXI, XXXIII. XLV, XLVI, XLVII, LVII and LVIII. By so doing the book will gain in interest and the main argument will not be seriously disturbed.

I am quite aware that the book has many faults, but my excuse for publishing it now is, first, the belief that it is an approach toward what an introduction to philosophy should be, and, secondly, the desire to learn through it how to write a better introduction sometime in the future, especially in case a second edition is called for. Doubtless, the reader will find inconsistencies; but inconsistency between the solutions of different problems does not seem to me a fatal fault, for I believe that we philosophers should profit by following the example of natural science and devoting ourselves chiefly to separate problems and their solution, even if we have to set aside for the time being the making of a system. Hence I have tried to present a series of problems and their solutions rather than a completed philosophical system. In this presentation there is, of course, a system, or general doctrine, in the background, and a word should be said about it.

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