An introduction to philosophy from a variety of topical perspectives, such as human nature and human hap- piness, metaphysics, ontology, ethics, aesthetics, political theory and philosophical methodology. Covers texts and thinkers from the history of philosophy (East and West, ancient and modern) such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Zhuangzi, Aquinas, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre and MacIntyre.