Does the Center Hold? An Introduction to Western Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0073535710
ISBN-13: 9780073535715
Edition: 4th 2008
Authors: Donald Palmer
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List price: $45.31
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 8/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 492
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

"Does the Center Hold?" is an entertaining, topically-organized introductory text with more than 500 original illustrations. The ideas and issues typically covered in introductory courses are presented here in a remarkably accessible and enjoyable manner. The author demonstrates that serious philosophical inquiry may be perplexing but is ultimately enlightening and liberating.

Preface
Introduction
What Are We Doing in This Class? Is Philosophy Possible?
The Origins of Philosophy
Contemporary Branches of Philosophy
The Philosophy of Socrates
Truth Is Beauty, Beauty Is Truth Rationalist Epistemology
The Philosophy of Plato
René Descartes’ Rationalism /
What You See Is What You Get Empiricist Epistemology
Aristotle as a Precursor to Empiricism
The Empiricism of John Locke
Berkeley’s Correction of Locke
Hume’s Radicalization of Berkeley’s Empiricism
Kant’s Compromise
Conclusion
Who’s on First, What’s on Second? Ontology
Dualism
Materialistic Monism
Pluralism
Conclusion
Mount Olympus, Mount Moriah, and Other Godly Places Philosophy of Religion
Theism
Atheism
Volitional Justifications of Religious Belief
Religious Mysticism
Religious Existentialism
Conclusion
The Largest Airline in the Free World Philosophy of Freedom
Determinism: Ancient Greek and Enlightenment Views
Hard Determinism: Modern Views
Soft Determinism
Indeterminism
Conclusion
Thou Shalt Become Perfected Ethics
Ancient Greek Moral Philosophers
Egoism
Hedonism
Utilitarianism
Duty-Oriented Morality
Conclusion
Different Strokes for Different Folks Critiques of Traditional Ethical Theories
Existentialism
Hume and the Naturalistic Fallacy
Logical Positivism
Cultural Relativism
Ethics and Feminism
Ethics and Deep Ecology
Conclusion
Let Them Eat Cake Political and Social Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Social Philosophy
Conclusion
But Is It Art? Philosophy of Art
Plato and Freud
Aristotle
The Interlude between Aristotle and the Nineteenth Century
Marx
Marcuse
Existentialism
Wittgenstein
Conclusion Notes Glossary Credits Index At the end of each chapter: Topics for Consideration
Suggestions for Further Reading: Paperback Editions
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