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Philosophical Analysis: A Book Review of Andresito Acuna's Seventh Edition


Philosophical Analysis is a book written by Andresito E. Acuna, a retired professor from the University of the Philippines Department of Philosophy. It is an introductory text that aims to teach students the basic skills and techniques of critical thinking through various topics in philosophy, such as concepts, knowledge claims, deductive and inductive arguments, ethical theories, and moral dilemmas. The book has gone through seven editions since its first publication in 2004, reflecting the author's continuous efforts to update and improve the content and style of the book.


In this article, I will review the seventh edition of Philosophical Analysis, which was published in 2006. I will highlight some of the features and strengths of the book, as well as some of the limitations and challenges that it faces. I will also compare it with some other texts on philosophical analysis that are available in the market.


Features and Strengths


One of the main features of Philosophical Analysis is its problem-oriented approach. The book does not merely present abstract theories and principles, but rather applies them to concrete examples and cases that are relevant to the students' interests and experiences. The book also encourages students to practice their analytical skills by providing exercises, activities, and assignments at the end of each module. The book also provides templates for composing arguments, policy arguments, and resolving moral dilemmas, which are useful tools for students to structure their own reasoning and writing.


Another feature of Philosophical Analysis is its clarity and readability. The book uses simple and straightforward language that is easy to understand and follow. The book also uses diagrams, tables, charts, and illustrations to help explain complex concepts and arguments. The book also provides summaries, outlines, glossaries, and references at the end of each unit to help students review and recall the main points.


A third feature of Philosophical Analysis is its comprehensiveness and depth. The book covers a wide range of topics in philosophy, from logic and epistemology to ethics and political philosophy. The book also introduces some contemporary issues and debates in philosophy, such as artificial intelligence, human rights, environmental ethics, and multiculturalism. The book also exposes students to different perspectives and traditions in philosophy, such as rationalism, empiricism, deontology, utilitarianism, humanism, existentialism, feminism, and postmodernism.


Limitations and Challenges


One of the limitations of Philosophical Analysis is its outdatedness. The book was published in 2006, which means that it does not reflect some of the latest developments and trends in philosophy and related fields. For example, the book does not discuss some of the recent advances in neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, social media, globalization, and terrorism that have significant implications for philosophical analysis. The book also does not include some of the newer sources and references that are available online or in print.


Another limitation of Philosophical Analysis is its rigidity. The book follows a fixed structure and format that may not suit all students' learning styles and preferences. The book also assumes a certain level of background knowledge and familiarity with philosophy that may not be shared by all students. The book also does not offer much flexibility or variation in terms of teaching methods and strategies that could cater to different types of learners.


A third limitation of Philosophical Analysis is its exclusiveness. The book mainly focuses on Western philosophy and its dominant paradigms. The book does not adequately acknowledge or incorporate other philosophical traditions or perspectives that are non-Western or marginalized. For example, the book does not disc




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