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Textbook: An Introduction to Philosophy

Author: Pecorino
Textbook URL: http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/INTRO_TEXT/CONTENTS.htm
Reviewer: Richard Curtis, PhD, Instructor, Seattle Central Community College
Review Date: March, 2012

an introduction to philosophy chart *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
This textbook is recommended for all levels, and is appropriate for all majors. It can be used as a primary text for any Intro to Philosophy course. The author is clearly an experienced teacher and anticipates things that are often asked. It is laid out in a friendly way, easy to relate to and navigate. From the TOC on, every section includes navigational hints and references. The discussion of Greek philosophy is noteworthy for its clarity, as are the discussions of Metaphysics and Free Will. Note that Chapters 11 and 12, though listed in the TOC, are largely incomplete. This does not subtract from the overall value of the text.

 
Textbook: Philosophy of Religion

Author: Pecorino
Textbook URL: http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/SocialSciences/ppecorino/PHIL_of_RELIGION_TEXT/default.htm
Reviewer: Richard Curtis, PhD, Instructor, Seattle Central Community College
Review Date: January, 2012

philosophy-of-religion-chart *Average of all chapters. Maximum rating is 5.0 Reviewer's Comments
This textbook is recommended for Community College or lower division University courses. The book is designed to serve as lecture notes, but with minor modifications could serve as a primary or supplementary text. The book is generally well written. There is some inconsistency in presentation (e.g. fonts and text style) that detracts from readability. The inclusion of links to supporting material is very helpful but some are now obsolete and need updating. The author tends to use terms that are inappropriate in a philosophy text (e.g. ‘BC’ rather than ‘BCE’ in dates, ‘Old Testament’ rather than ‘Hebrew Bible’). Overall, though, the treatment of the subject is reasonably thorough.