Great Conversation A Historical Introduction to Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0195175107
ISBN-13: 9780195175103
Edition: 4th 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Norman Melchert
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Description: This historically organised introductory text presents philosophy as an ongoing conversation about humankind's deepest and most persistent concerns. The Great Conversation traces the exchange of ideas between history's key philosophers,  More...

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List price: $79.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 800
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

This historically organised introductory text presents philosophy as an ongoing conversation about humankind's deepest and most persistent concerns. The Great Conversation traces the exchange of ideas between history's key philosophers, demonstrating that while constructing an argument or making a claim, one philosopher almost always has others in mind.

A Word to Instructors
A Word to Students
Acknowledgments
Before Philosophy: Myth in Hesiod and Homer
Hesiod: War among the Gods
Homer: Heroes, Gods, and Excellence
Philosophy Before Socrates
Thales: The One as Water
Anaximander: The One as the Boundless
Xenophanes: The Gods as Fictions
Profile: Pythagoras
Heraclitus: Oneness in the Logos
Parmenides: Only the One
Zeno: The Paradoxes of Common Sense
Atomism: The One and the Many Reconciled
The Key: An Ambiguity
The World
The Soul
How to Live
The Sophists: Rhetoric and Relativism in Athens
Democracy
The Persian Wars
The Sophists
Rhetoric
Relativism
Physis and Nomos
Athens and Sparta at War
Aristophanes and Reaction
Socrates: To Know Oneself
Character
Is Socrates a Sophist?
What Socrates "Knows"
We Ought to Search for Truth
Human Excellence is Knowledge
All Wrongdoing is Due to Ignorance
The Most Important Thing of All is to Care for Your Soul
The Trial and Death of Socrates
Euthyphro
Translator's Introduction
The Dialogue
Commentary and Questions
Apology
Translator's Introduction
The Dialogue
Commentary and Questions
Crito
Translator's Introduction
The Dialogue
Commentary and Questions
Phaedo (Death Scene)
Translator's Introduction
The Dialogue (Selection)
Commentary and Questions
Plato: Knowing the Real and the Good
Knowledge and Opinion
Making the Distinction
We Do Know Certain Truths
The Objects of Knowledge
The Reality of the Forms
The World and the Forms
How Forms are Related to the World
Lower and Higher Forms
The Form of the Good
The Love of Wisdom
What Wisdom is
Love and Wisdom
The Soul
The Immortality of the Soul
The Structure of the Soul
Morality
The State
Problems with the Forms
Aristotle: The Reality of the World
Aristotle and Plato
Otherworldliness
The Objects of Knowledge
Human Nature
Relativism and Skepticism
Ethics
Logic and Knowledge
Terms and Statements
Truth
Reasons Why: The Syllogism
Knowing First Principles
The World
Nature
The Four "Becauses"
Is There Purpose in Nature?
Teleology
First Philosophy
Not Plato's Forms
What of Mathematics?
Substance and Form
Pure Actualities
God
The Soul
Levels of Soul
Soul and Body
Nous
The Good Life
Happiness
Virtue or Excellence (Arete)
The Role of Reason
Responsibility
The Highest Good
Epicureans, Stoics, and Skeptics: Happiness for the Many
The Epicureans
The Stoics
The Skeptics
The Christians: Sin, Salvation, and Love
Background
Jesus
The Meaning of Jesus
Augustine: God and the Soul
Wisdom, Happiness, and God
The Interior Teacher
God and the World
The Great Chain of Being
Evil
Time
Human Nature and Its Corruption
Human Nature and Its Restoration
Augustine on Relativism
The Two Cities
Christians and Philosophers
Reason and Authority
Intellect and Will
Augustine on Epicureans and Stoics
Anselm and Aquinas: Existence and Essence in God and the World
Anselm: On That, Than Which No Greater Can Be Conceived
Thomas Aquinas: Rethinking Aristotle
Profile: Avicenna (Ibn Sina)
Philosophy and Theology
Existence and Essence
Profile: Averroes (Ibn Rushd)
From Creation to God
The Nature of God
Profile: Maimonides (Moses Ben Maimon)
Humans: Their Souls
Humans: Their Knowledge
Humans: Their Good
Ockham and Skeptical Doubts-Again
Moving from Medieval to Modern
The World God Made for Us
The Humanists
Reforming the Church
Skeptical Thoughts Revived
Copernicus to Kepler to Galileo: The Great Triple Play
Rene Descartes: Doubting Our Way to Certainty
The Method
Meditations: Commentary and Questions
Meditations on First Philosophy
What Has Descartes Done?
A New Ideal for Knowledge
A New Vision of Reality
Problems
The Preeminence of Epistemology
Hobbes, Locke, and Berkeley: Materialism and the Beginnings of Empiricism
Thomas Hobbes: Catching Persons in the Net of the New Science
Method
Minds and Motives
Profile: Francis Bacon
The Natural Foundation of Moral Rules
John Locke: Looking to Experience
Origin of Ideas
Idea of Substance
Idea of the Soul
Idea of Personal Identity
Language and Essence
The Extent of Knowledge
Of Representative Government
Of Toleration
George Berkeley: Ideas into Things
Abstract Ideas
Ideas and Things
God
David Hume: Unmasking the Pretensions of Reason
How Newton Did It
To Be the Newton of Human Nature
The Theory of Ideas
The Association of Ideas
Causation: The Very Idea
The Disappearing Self
Profile: The Buddha
Rescuing Human Freedom
Is It Reasonable to Believe in God?
Understanding Morality
Reason is Not a Motivator
The Origins of Moral Judgment
Is Hume a Skeptic?
Immanuel Kant: Rehabilitating Reason (Within Strict Limits)
Critique
Judgments
Geometry, Mathematics, Space, and Time
Common Sense, Science, and the A Priori Categories
Profile: Baruch Spinoza
Phenomena and Noumena
Profile: Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
Reasoning and the Ideas of Metaphysics: God, World, and Soul
The Soul
The World and the Free Will
God
The Ontological Argument
Reason and Morality
The Good Will
The Moral Law
Profile: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Autonomy
Freedom
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Taking History Seriously
Historical and Intellectual Context
The French Revolution
The Romantics
Epistemology Internalized
Profile: Arthur Schopenhauer
Self and Others
Stoic and Skeptical Consciousness
Hegel's Analysis of Christianity
Reason and Reality: The Theory of Idealism
Spirit Made Objective: The Social Character of Ethics
History and Freedom
Kierkegaard and Marx: Two Ways to "Correct" Hegel
Kierkegaard: On Individual Existence
The Aesthetic
The Ethical
The Religious
The Individual
Marx: Beyond Alienation and Exploitation
Alienation, Exploitation, and Private Property
Communism
The Utilitarians: Moral Rules and the Happiness of All (Including Women)
The Classic Utilitarians
The Rights of Women
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Value of Existence
Pessimism and Tragedy
Good-bye Real World
The Death of God
Revaluation of Values
Master Morality/Slave Morality
Our Morality
The Overman
Affirming Eternal Recurrence
The Pragmatists: Thought and Action
Charles Sanders Peirce
Fixing Belief
Belief and Doubt
Truth and Reality
Meaning
Signs
John Dewey
The Impact of Darwin
Naturalized Epistemology
Profile: William James
Nature and Natural Science
Value Naturalized
Analysis: Logical Atomism and the Logical Positivists
Language and Its Logic
Profile: Bertrand Russell
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Picturing
Thought and Language
Logical Truth
Saying and Showing
Setting the Limit to Thought
Value and the Self
Good and Evil, Happiness and Unhappiness
The Unsayable
Logical Positivism
Ordinary Language: "This is Simply What I Do"
The Later Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations
Philosophical Illusion
Language-Games
Ostensive Definitions
Objects
Family Resemblances
The Continuity of Wittgenstein's Thought
Our Groundless Certainty
Martin Heidegger: The Meaning of Being
What Is the Question?
The Clue
Phenomenology
Profile: Jean-Paul Sartre
Being-in-the-World
The "Who" of Dasein
Modes of Disclosure
Attunement
Understanding
Discourse
Falling-Away
Idle Talk
Curiosity
Ambiguity
Care
Truth
Death
Conscience, Guilt, and Resoluteness
Temporality as the Meaning of Care
The Priority of Being
Simone De Beauvoir: Existentialist, Feminist
Ambiguity
Ethics
Woman
Postmodernism and Physical Realism: Derrida, Rorty, Quine, and Dennett
Postmodernism
Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida
Liberal Ironist: Richard Rorty
Physical Realism
Science, Common Sense, and Metaphysics: Willard Van Orman Quine
The Matter of Minds: Daniel Dennett
Afterword
Glossary
Credits
Index

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