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Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

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I just wanted to clarify that I need a textbook that introduces me to contemporary state-of-the-art philosophical ideas. One doesn't learn physics by trying to read Galileo's Dialogues and then jumping to Newton's Principia, and then trying to make heads or tails out of Einstein's Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper. I hate the trend in philosophy where the Big Names are emphasized rather than particular ideas. The Big Names must remain in the domain of the History of Philosophy. Once you start playing the Names game, your discipline is officially dead.

Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

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I just wanted to clarify that I need a textbook that introduces me to contemporary state-of-the-art philosophical ideas. One doesn't learn physics by trying to read Galileo's Dialogues and then jumping to Newton's Principia, and then trying to make heads or tails out of Einstein's Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper. I hate the trend in philosophy where the Big Names are emphasized rather than particular ideas. The Big Names must remain in the domain of the History of Philosophy.

Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

EDIT

I just wanted to clarify that I need a textbook that introduces me to contemporary state-of-the-art philosophical ideas. One doesn't learn physics by trying to read Galileo's Dialogues and then jumping to Newton's Principia, and then trying to make heads or tails out of Einstein's Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper. I hate the trend in philosophy where the Big Names are emphasized rather than particular ideas. The Big Names must remain in the domain of the History of Philosophy. Once you start playing the Names game, your discipline is officially dead.

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Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

EDIT

I just wanted to clarify that I need a textbook that introduces me to contemporary state-of-the-art philosophical ideas. One doesn't learn physics by trying to read Galileo's DialoguesDialogues and then jumping to Newton's PrincipiaPrincipia, and then trying to make heads or tails out of Einstein's Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper. I hate the trend in philosophy where the Big Names are emphasized rather than particular ideas. The Big Names must remain in the domain of the History of Philosophy.

Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

EDIT

I just wanted to clarify that I need a textbook that introduces me to contemporary state-of-the-art philosophical ideas. One doesn't learn physics by trying to read Galileo's Dialogues and then jumping to Newton's Principia. I hate the trend in philosophy where the Big Names are emphasized rather than particular ideas. The Big Names must remain in the domain of the History of Philosophy.

Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

EDIT

I just wanted to clarify that I need a textbook that introduces me to contemporary state-of-the-art philosophical ideas. One doesn't learn physics by trying to read Galileo's Dialogues and then jumping to Newton's Principia, and then trying to make heads or tails out of Einstein's Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper. I hate the trend in philosophy where the Big Names are emphasized rather than particular ideas. The Big Names must remain in the domain of the History of Philosophy.

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Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

EDIT

I just wanted to clarify that I need a textbook that introduces me to contemporary state-of-the-art philosophical ideas. One doesn't learn physics by trying to read Galileo's Dialogues and then jumping to Newton's Principia. I hate the trend in philosophy where the Big Names are emphasized rather than particular ideas. The Big Names must remain in the domain of the History of Philosophy.

Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

Why is it so difficult to write good Philosophy textbooks (exempting textbooks on logic)?

There are plenty of useful and introductory textbooks to Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Psychology and plentiful of other subjects. However, in Philosophy courses, students either get assigned some scholarly online articles intended for professional audience that are super hard to digest, or some thick anthologies that contain the self-same articles.

Is there any Philosophy textbook that rigorously introduces students to the contemporary terminology and concepts without watering them down? I still haven't come across anything that fits this description. Are there any textbooks that introduce one to major contemporary branches of Philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, etc.)?

EDIT

I just wanted to clarify that I need a textbook that introduces me to contemporary state-of-the-art philosophical ideas. One doesn't learn physics by trying to read Galileo's Dialogues and then jumping to Newton's Principia. I hate the trend in philosophy where the Big Names are emphasized rather than particular ideas. The Big Names must remain in the domain of the History of Philosophy.

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