Experience of Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0195177681
ISBN-13: 9780195177688
Edition: 6th 2005 (Revised)
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List price: $109.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

This exceptional anthology immerses students in such powerful ideas that they will find themselves not just reading about, but actually participating in, the kind of philosophical thinking that can change the way they look at their lives and the world around them. Now in a new edition, The Experience of Philosophy features eighty-five readings that challenge students' thinking about God, freedom, reality, nothingness, death, and their own identities. Provocative and accessible, these selections have been carefully chosen for their ability to draw students out of an ordinary frame of reference into exciting new territory. Although the editors include many classic sources from philosophers such as Plato, Descartes, Locke, and Kant, the emphasis is on contemporary writings. Articles by Derek Parfit, Bertrand Russell, and others help students see philosophy's links to literature, the natural sciences, and the physical and social sciences. The sixth edition features twelve new essays--by Augustine, Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Kolak, Georges Rey, Fred Dretske, David Reisman, Paul Teller, Clea F. Rees, Padmasiri de Silva, Daniel Kolak, Karl Marx, Anand Chandavarkar, and Vincent Hendricks--as well as more text boxes offering excerpts from other relevant works. The Experience of Philosophy, Sixth Edition, integrates helpful pedagogical aids including section introductions, a brief introduction to each selection, biographical information on each author, and questions before and after each reading to reinforce main ideas and promote thinking. Further readings after each selection direct students to additional material on related issues. Ideal for introductory philosophy courses, The Experience of Philosophy, Sixth Edition, encourages students to "do" philosophy, rather than just read about its history.

Preface
Beginning Philosophy
"The Trial of Socrates"
Box: "God's Commands and Man's Duties"
"Obedience to Authority"
Box: "Morality, Obedience, and Religion"
Where and When
"Flatland"
"The Incredible Shrinking Zeno"
"Where Am I?"
Box: "What It Is to Be a Subject"
"On the Idea of Time in Physics"
Box: "What Time Is It on Mars?"
"Time Travel: The Rules of the Road"
Who
"The Man Who Mistook Himself for the World"
Box: "The Liar Fears the Void"
"On Having No Self"
Box: "Nirvana"
Box: "Nirvana"
"On Self and Substance"
"Personal Identity"
"Personal Identity"
"Critique of Locke and Hume on Behalf of Common Sense"
Box: "Narration and Personal Identity"
"Personal Identity from Plato to Parfit"
"Trans or Me?"
Box: "Patriarchy"
Freedom
"Freedom of the Will"
"The Illusion of Free Will"
"Liberty and Necessity"
Box: "The Self and Free Will"
"The Dilemma of Determinism"
Box: "Be Master of Yourself"
"Free Will"
"Freedom and Determinism"
Box: "Defense of Leopold and Loeb"
"Existentialism and Human Freedom"
Knowledge
"Knowledge"
"Meditations"
Box: "The Chastity of the Intellect: Santayana's Blessing"
"Where Our Ideas Come From"
"To Be Is to Be Perceived"
"Perception, Knowledge, and Induction"
Box: "Sexy Epistemology"
"The Infinite Regress of Reasons"
God
"The Ontological Argument"
Box: "Existence Is Not a Predicate"
"The Five Ways and the Doctrine of Analogy"
"The Wager"
Box: "Proving God"
"The Ethics of Belief"
Box: "Religion as Wish Fulfillment"
Box: "The Opium of the People"
"The Will to Believe"
Box: "On the Ultimate Insecurity"
Box: "On the Corpse of a Buddha, Religion Stands"
Box: "The History of Mysticism"
"God and Evil"
Box: "A World Without Suffering and Misfortune"
Box: "Abraham and Isaac"
Box: "Mystical Experience vs. Religious Visions"
"Must God Create the Best?"
Box: "God's Compassion"
"The Elusive Messiah"
Box: "The Historian as Philosopher"
Box: "Historical Method in the Study of Religion"
Box: "Lucky to Be Born into the True Religion?"
"Philosophy, the Bible, and God: A Debate"
Box: "The Pope Against Women Priests"
"Religion from an African Perspective"
"Does Anyone Really Believe in God?"
Reality
"Causation, Reality, and Fiction"
"Considerations on the Universe as a Whole"
Box: "Theory of Everything but Snowflakes"
"Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus"
"Fiction"
Box: "Schizophrenia with a Vengeance"
"Quantum Cosmology, the Anthropic Principle, and Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?"
Box: "The First Hundredth of a Second"
Box: "Is the Universe a Free Lunch?"
Box: "On Hume and Quantum Mechanics"
Box: "On Philosophy"
Box: "On Kant and Comprehensibility"
Box: "Grand Unification Theories (GUTs) and the End of the World"
Box: "On Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and God"
Box: "On Bohr, Philosophy, and Meaning"
Box: "The Anthropic Principle"
"The Puzzle of Reality: Why Does the Universe Exist?"
Box: "Mind and Physics"
Box: "Cosmic Religious Feeling"
Experience
"Of Sense and Imagination"
"Experience and Understanding"
"The Senses"
"Percepts and Concepts"
"How Do You Know That You Are Not a Zombie?"
"A Simple Guide to Contemporary Philosophy of Mind"
"Sartre on Consciousness and the Body: The Look"
Consciousness
"The Selfish Gene"
Box: "The Self as Community"
"The Story of a Brain"
"What Is It Like to Be a Bat?"
"Epiphenomenal Qualia"
"Reduction, Qualia, and the Direct Introspection of Brain States"
"Subjectivity"
Death
"Death and Immortality"
Box: "Plato's Legacy"
Box: "The Truth About the Soul"
Box: "The Cartesian Assumption"
"Of the Immortality of the Soul"
"Survival of Bodily Death: A Question of Values"
Box: "Remembrances of Past Lives"
Box: "Karmic Tribulations"
Box: "Beyond Death"
Box: "What I Saw When I Was Dead"
Box: "Resurrection"
"Death, Nothingness, and Subjectivity"
Box: "Why Are Traces Important?"
Box: "The Evil of Death"
Box: "A Tibetan Buddhist Experience of Death"
"The Wine Is in the Glass"
Meaning
"My Confession"
"The Myth of Sisyphus"
Box: "Values"
"Is Life Meaningful?"
"A Fast Car and a Good Woman"
Box: "Death"
Box: "Truth Be a Woman"
Ethics
"The Categorical Imperative"
Box: "What Is in Our Power"
"Utilitarianism"
"The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn"
"Reclaiming the Conscience of Huckleberry Finn"
"Buddhist Ethics"
"Morality and the Problem of the Other: From Sidgwick to Rawls and Parfit"
Values and Society
"The Myth of Gyges's Ring"
"Virtue and Character"
Box: "On Egoism"
"The Rights of Women"
Box: "Feminism"
Box: "Female Subordination"
"Beyond Good and Evil"
Box: "Revolt"
"Intrinsic Value"
"On Liberty"
"Alienation and the Power of Money"
"Philosophy and Economics: Issues and Questions"
Epilogue: Inconclusive Philosophical Postscript
"The Value of Philosophy"
"A Portrait of the Philosopher as a Young Man"
"On Becoming a Philosopher"
"Feisty Fragments"
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