"What is philosophy?" This question guides the sixteen original essays, written by teachers for students, which compose this new introductory philosophy text. Each essay presents one great philosopher's unique vision of the nature of philosophy, and the collection illustrates the diversity of approaches that make philosophy perennially fascinating, and that make the great philosophers our contemporaries. Phil Washburn and his colleagues have produced a set of interesting, readable, and substantial commentaries, each uniform in style and design, which give readers a rich, multifaceted understanding of the meaning of philosophy. The philosophers included in this collection include: Confucius, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, James, Wittgenstein and Beauvoir.Washburn, Phil is the author of 'Many Faces of Wisdom Great Philosophers' Visions of Philosophy', published 2002 under ISBN 9780130941206 and ISBN 0130941204.