Best introductory textbooks in different areas?




In our March “how can we help you?” thread, a reader writes:

Is there a thread or a place which recommends the best textbooks for introductory courses to the core areas: metaphysics, epistemology, etc.?—for very good students that have no background and want to learn the fundamentals. I am teaching such courses but my choice of readings has not been satisfactory. I am a faculty but have never taken undergrad courses in analytic philosophy. Thank you thank you!

This is a great query, and I’d love to hear some answers from readers, not just in “core” areas (metaphysics, mind, language, logic, epistemology), but also in other areas too! For example, I’d be curious to hear what people think the best introductory textbooks are in (but not limited to) the following:

Moral philosophy
Philosophy of law
Business Ethics

In my own case, I’ve often experimented with different texts, haven’t always been happy with the ones that I’ve used, and I am always on the lookout for better options. So, what do you all think? What do you think are the best intro-level textbooks in various areas (and why)?

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