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Introduction to Philosophy Classical and Contemporary Readings

ISBN-10: 0195169247
ISBN-13: 9780195169249
Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)
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List price: $77.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 840
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

Introduction to Philosophy, Fourth Edition, is the most comprehensive topically organized collection of classical and contemporary philosophy available. Building on the exceptionally successful tradition of previous editions, this edition for the first time incorporates the insights of a new coeditor, John Martin Fischer, and has been updated and revised to make it more accessible. Ideal for introductory philosophy courses, the text includes sections on the meaning of life, God and evil, knowledge and reality, the philosophy of science, the mind/body problem, freedom of will, consciousness, ethics, and philosophical puzzles and paradoxes. It presents seventy substantial--and in some cases complete--selections from the best and most influential works in philosophy, offering a unique balance between classical and contemporary material. An extensive glossary of philosophical terms is also included. The fourth edition features fifteen new readings, including work by Albert Camus, Roderick M. Chisholm, Daniel Dennett, Harry G. Frankfurt, William Paley, Derek Parfit, John Perry, Richard Taylor, Peter Van Inwagen, Bernard Williams, and Susan Wolf. Part III, Knowledge and Reality, has been restructured and now includes Plato's Thaetetus, selections by Edmund L. Gettier and Robert Nozick, and an essay by Christopher Grau that explores the philosophical concepts presented in the popular film The Matrix. Two new ethics puzzles--"The Trolley Problem" and "Ducking Harm and Sacrificing Others"--are also included. This edition incorporates Study Questions after each reading and is accompanied by an Instructor's CD and a Student Companion Website, both containing helpful resources.

John Perry is H. W. Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University.

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Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction: On the Study of Philosophy
Philosophy And The Meaning Of Life
The Value of Philosophy
The Province of Philosophy
The Absurd
Plato, Apology: Defence of Socrates
The Myth of Sisyphus
The Meaning of Human Existence
The Meanings of Lives
God And Evil
Introduction
Why Believe?
The Ontological Argument
The Existence of God
The Wager
Why I Am Not a Theist
The Problem of Evil
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
God, Evil and the Best of All Possible Worlds
Natural Theology
Dialogue on Good, Evil, and the Existence of God
Knowledge And Reality
Introduction
Plato and the Concept of Knowledge
Plato, Thaetetus
Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
Descartes and the Problems of Skepticism
Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
Bad Dreams, Evil Demons, and the Experience Machine: Philosophy and The Matrix
Excerpt from Philosophical Explanations
Hume's Problems and Some Solutions
Of Scepticism with Regard to the Senses
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
The Problem of Induction
Minds, Bodies, And Persons
Introduction
The Traditional Problem of Mind and Body
The Argument from Analogy for Other Minds
Descartes's Myth
The Nature of Mind
Mad Pain and Martian Pain
Intentional Systems
Eliminative Materialism
Minds, Brains, and Machines
Turing Machines
Computing Machinery and Intelligence
Minds, Brains, and Programs
Consciousness
What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
What Mary Didn't Know
Knowing What It's Like
Personal Identity
A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality
The Self and the Future
Personal Identity
Where Am I?
Freedom, Determinism, and Responsibility
Human Freedom and the Self
The Powers of Rational Beings: Freedom of the Will
Of Liberty and Necessity
Freedom and Determinism
Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person
Ethics And Society
Introduction
Utilitarianism
The Principle of Utility
Utilitarianism
Criticisms of Utilitarianism
Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism and Integrity
Famine, Affluence, and Morality
Kantian Ethics
Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
Kantian Approaches to Some Famine Problems
War and Massacre
Aristotelian Ethics
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle on Eudaimonia
Virtue Theory and Abortion
Justice and Equality
A Theory of Justice
Justice and Entitlement
A. Cohen, Where the Action Is: On the Site of Distributive Justice
The Subjection of Women
Markets in Women's Reproductive Labor
Racisms
Challenges to Morality
Morality and Self-Interest
Plato, The Republic
An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
Morality and Advantage
The Law of the Jungle: Moral Alternatives and Principles of Evolution
Subjectivism, Relativism, and Skepticism
The Subjectivity of Values
Ethics and Observation
Moral Explanations
Puzzles And Paradoxes
Introduction
Zeno's Paradoxes
Achilles and the Tortoise
The Racecourse
The Argument Against Plurality
Metaphysical and Epistemological Puzzles and Paradoxes
The Paradox of Identity
The Paradox of the Heap
The Surprise Examination
Goodman's New Riddle of Induction
Puzzles of Rational Choice
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Newcomb's Problem
Kavka's Toxin Puzzle
Quinn's Puzzle of the Self-Torturer
Paradoxes of Logic, Set Theory, and Semantics
The Paradox of the Liar
Other Versions of the Liar
Russell's Paradox
Grelling's Paradox
Puzzles of Ethics
The Trolley Problem
Ducking Harm and Sacrificing Others
Glossary of Philosophical Terms

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