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Philosophy The Quest for Truth

ISBN-10: 0195189442
ISBN-13: 9780195189445
Edition: 6th 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Louis P. Pojman
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Description: Praised for its accessibility and comprehensiveness, Philosophy: The Quest for Truth provides an excellent selection of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen key problems in philosophy. Louis Pojman has carefully organized the essays in  More...

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List price: $79.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Praised for its accessibility and comprehensiveness, Philosophy: The Quest for Truth provides an excellent selection of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen key problems in philosophy. Louis Pojman has carefully organized the essays in each section so that they present pro/con dialogues that allow students to compare and contrast the philosophers' positions. Topics covered include the nature of philosophy, the existence of God, immortality, knowledge, the mind-body question, personal identity, free will and determinism, ethics, political philosophy, and the meaning of life. The fifth edition offers selections from Plato, Ren Descartes, John Locke, David Hume, William James, Bertrand Russell, John Hick, John Hospers, and James Rachels--as well as essays by Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Blaise Pascal, Thomas Hobbes, George Berkeley, Immanuel Kant, Gilbert Ryle, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche, Alvin Plantinga, and many others. In Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, 5th edition, Pojman offers substantial introductions to each of the nineteen philosophical problems. In addition, each of the seventy-three readings is accompanied by an individual introduction with a biographical sketch of the philosopher, study questions, and reflective questions that challenge students to analyze and critique the material. Short bibliographies following each major section, an appendix on how to read and write philosophy papers, and a detailed glossary further enhance the text's pedagogical value. Invaluable for introductory courses in philosophy, this highly acclaimed text inspires and guides students' quest for wisdom. The fifth edition adds new study questions and nine new articles: * Father F. C. Copleston and Bertrand Russell: "A Debate on the Argument from Contingency" * Corliss Lamont: "Freedom of the Will and Human Responsibility" * Richard Taylor: "Fate" * Louis Pojman: "A Critique of Ethical Egoism" * Robert Paul Wolff: "In Defense of Anarchism" * Brian Barry: "A Cosmopolitan Theory of International Society" * Thomas Nagel: "The Absurd" * Thurgood Marshall: "The Death Penalty Is a Denial of Human Dignity" * Burton Leiser: "The Death Penalty Is Permissible"

Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.

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Each Part opens with an Introduction and ends with Suggestions for Further Reading
Preface
What Is Philosophy?
Socratic Wisdom
Of Enthusiasm and the Quest for Truth
The Value of Philosophy
Excursus: A Little Bit of Logic
Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
Abductive Reasoning
Some Applications
Fallacies of Reasoning
Logic Exercises
Philosophy of Religion
Is Belief in God Rationally Justified?
Arguments for the Existence of God
The Cosmological Argument
Pro
The Five Ways
The Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Anthropic Principle
Contra
A Critique of the Cosmological Argument
The Teleological Argument
Pro
The Watch and the Watchmaker
Contra
A Critique of the Teleological Argument
The Ontological Argument
Pro et Contra
The Ontological Argument
An Analysis of the Ontological Argument
Why Is There Evil?
Why Is There Evil?
Why Doesn't God Intervene to Prevent Evil?
There Is a Reason Why God Allows Evil
Is Faith Compatible with Reason?
Yes, Faith Is a Logical Bet
The Ethics of Belief
The Will to Believe
A Debate on the Rationality of Religious Belief
Alvin Plantinga: Religious Belief Without Evidence
Knowledge
What Can We Know?
Classical Theories of Knowledge
Cartesian Doubt and the Search for Foundational Knowledge
The Empiricist Theory of Knowledge
An Idealist Theory of Knowledge
The Origin of Our Ideas and Skepticism about Causal Reasoning
An Argument Against Skepticism
Truth, Rationality, and Cognitive Relativism
The Correspondence Theory of Truth
The Pragmatic Theory of Truth
Dismantling Truth: Solidarity versus Objectivity
Postmodernism and Truth
Philosophy of Mind: The Mind-Body Problem
What Am I?
A Mind or a Body?
Dualistic Interactionism
Exorcising Descartes' "Ghost in the Machine"
A Contemporary Defense of Dualism
On Functionalism and Materialism
What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
Minds, Brains, and Computers
Who Am I?
Do We Have Personal Identity?
Our Psychological Properties Define the Self
We Have No Substantial Self with Which We Are Identical
Brain Transplants and Personal Identity: A Dialogue
Is There Life after Death?
Am I Immortal?
Arguments for the Immortality of the Soul
An Argument Against Survival: The Dependence of Consciousness on the Brain
In Defense of Immortality
Freedom of the Will and Determinism
Contra
We Are Completely Determined

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