My New Book on the History of Western Philosophy
I began teaching philosophy in 1998, and I love talking with students and helping them discover new ideas. Several years ago, I gave up on the mass-produced introduction to philosophy textbooks. The offerings from the Big Four educational publishing corporations (Cengage, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Oxford) are overpriced (I can’t in good conscience ask my students to pay $100 for a book, then more for required “extra resources”). Worse, the textbooks have been degrading in quality, full of errors and omissions, and failing adequately to describe philosophy. I decided to write my own introduction to philosophy textbook. After two years of researching and writing, I am proud to publish the result.
How We Are and How We Got Here: A Practical History of Western Philosophy
A fresh and original presentation that is easy for students, instructors, and general readers to use. This well-written, insightful history of philosophy is basic enough to be understood by those with no prior experience with philosophy but sophisticated enough to inform further those with some knowledge of philosophy.
Based on the author’s 20-plus years of teaching philosophy and learning what works for students, How We Are and How We Got Here is designed to connect with students to help them understand philosophy and why it matters to them, regardless of their major. Its straightforward conversational presentation of philosophy involves readers in philosophy’s long conversation. Its chronological presentation places philosophers in their historical context, showing how philosophy is an ongoing interaction with society seeking practical knowledge useful to us in everyday life.