This Is Philosophy: An Introduction

By Steven Hales

This is Phil - Intro“The text’s scholarship is as noteworthy as its hipness. Hales clearly explains important philosophical ideas with a minimum of jargon and without sacrificing depth of content and he consistently gives a fair and accurate presentation of both sides of central philosophical disputes.”

– Matthew Van Cleave
Teaching Philosophy 36:4, December 2013

To get a quick sense of the book, you can read the Table of Contents, and the How To Use This Book / Preface. You can find useful supplementary material for both students and instructors below.

Resources and Self-Assessment:

You can download a wealth of Online Resources below, including the live links for each chapter (e-books have the links built in). We’ve also provided flashcards for each chapter. Readers are also directed to a free glossary of philosophical terms and the This Is Philosophy Quizlet to aid in their studies. The Quizlet includes flashcards, self-testing exercises, and learning games.

Resources by Chapter:

Chapter 1:
Chapter 5:
Chapter 2:
Chapter 6:
Chapter 3:
Chapter 7:
Chapter 4:

‘Instructor Pack’ on request:

Instructors should contact us to request a free ‘Instructor Pack’, including:

  • A PDF test bank with of 175 questions
  • The same test bank with answers highlighted
  • PowerPoint slides for use with your course lectures

NOTE: Be sure to provide information about your course and institution in a manner that demonstrates that you are an instructor.