About Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0205645186
ISBN-13: 9780205645183
Edition: 10th 2009
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Book details

List price: $116.80
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 7/10/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

An introductory philosophy text that covers all the major fields of philosophy in easy-to-read language, interspersed with short selections from the major philosophers. The text has been a best-selling leader in the field for more than thirty years, written by an internationally recognized author of more than twenty books who is an important voice in social and political philosophy, the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and the philosophy of education.

About Philosophy, 10th Edition
What is Philosophy What Do Philosophers Do?
The Study of Human Nature
The Study of the Universe
Human Nature and the Universe
The Limitations of the Western Philosophical Tradition
Philosophy and the Philosopher
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application
Theory of Knowledge Descartes' Method of Doubt
Rationalism and Empiricism: Two Responses to Cartesian Doubt
Leibniz and Rationalism
Hume and Empiricism
Kant's Resolution of the Rationalism/Empiricism Debate
New Turns in Epistemology
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application
Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind
What Is Metaphysics?
Hobbes' Materialism
Free Will and Determinism
The Mind and the Body
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application
Philosophy of Science The Place of Science in the Modern World
Francis Bacon and the Foundations of Scientific Method
The Relation Between Theory and Observation
Karl Popper and Falsifiability
Thomas Kuhn's Theory of Scientific Revolutions
Sciene as a Social Institution
Voices Beyond Popper and Kuhn
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application
Ethical Theory (Pt. I)
The Varieties of Ethical Theory
Kant and the Commands of Duty
Three Reasons to Think About Ethics
Ethical Disagreement and the Categorical Imperative
Utilitarianism and the Calculation of Pleasures and Pains
Virtue Ethics
The Feminist Critique of Ethical Theory
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application
Ethical Theory (Pt. II) - The Ethical Dimensions of Medicine
The Ethical Dimensions of Medical Decisions
Withholdiing Food and Water
The Buying and Selling of human Organs
What Should the Doctor Tell the Patient?
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application
Social and Political Philosophy Mill and Classical Laissez-Faire Liberalism
The Socialist Attack on Capitalism
Rousseau and the Theory of the Social Contract
The Pluralist Theory of the State
The Racial Critique of the Social Contract Theory of the State
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application
Philosophy of Art Plato's Attack on the Poets
Aristotle's Defense of the Poets
Marcuse and the Uses of Negation
Arthur C. Danto's Theory of Artistic Indentification
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application
Philosophy of Religion
Kierkegaard's Encounter with Faiths
Can We Prove That God Exists?
William Paley: The Argument from Design
St. Thomas Aquinas: The Cosmological Argument
St. Anselm: The Ontological Argument
The Problem of Evil
Main Points/Questions for Discussion and Review/Contemporary Application

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