Core Questions in Philosophy A Text with Readings

ISBN-10: 0205861156
ISBN-13: 9780205861156
Edition: 6th 2013
Authors: Elliott Sober
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List price: $132.07
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/27/2012
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 576
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Applying philosophy to everyday life. Core Questions in Philosophy emphasizes the idea that philosophy is a subject de­voted to evaluating arguments and constructing theories. Presented in an engaging lecture-style format, this text/reader focuses on the basic issues and ideas in philosophy with lectures/discussions, supported by readings from historically important sources. Discussions emphasize the logic of philosophical arguments and how they relate to the content of modern physical and social sciences. Teaching & Learning Experience The teaching and learning experience with this program helps to: Personalize Learning – MySearchLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. Improve Critical Thinking – Review questions at the end of each chapter allow students to review what they’ve just learned and think critically about related problems. Engage Students – Following a lecture format, the text portion is written in an engaging conversational tone. Explore Theory – Emphasis on evaluating arguments and constructing theories. Support Instructors – An instructor’s manual, test bank, MyTest Test Bank, and PowerPoint presentation provide more teaching resources. MySearchLab w/ etext has topic-specific assessment, flashcards, and chapter exams offer and report directly to your grade book. Note: MySearchLab with eText does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: www.mysearchlab.com or you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205861156 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205861156

Introduction
What Is Philosophy?
Reading: What is Philosophy
Deductive Arguments
Inductive and Abductive Arguments
The Philosophy of Religion
Aquinas's First Four Ways
Reading: Five Ways to Prove That God Exists
The Design Argument
Readings: The Design Argument
Critique of the Design Argument
Evolution and Creationism
Can Science Explain Everything?
The Ontological Argument
Reading: Debate - Saint Anselm and Gaunilo
Is the Existence of God Testable?
Reading: The Meaninglessness of Religious Discourse
Pascal and Irrationality
Readings: Belief in God - What Do You Have to Lose?
The Will to Believe
The Argument from Evil
Theory of Knowledge
What Is Knowledge?
Reading: The Theaetetus - Knowledge is Something More than True Belief Plato
Descartes' Foundationalism
Reading: Meditations on First Philosophy, 1-5
The Reliability Theory of Knowledge
Justified Belief and Hume's Problem of Induction
Reading: Induction Cannot Be Rationally Justified
Can Hume's Skepticism Be Refuted?
Beyond Foundationalism
Locke on the Existence of External Objects
Readings: The External World Probably Exists
Yada yada
Philosophy of Mind
Dualism and the Mind/Body Problem
Reading: Meditations on First Philosophy, 6
Logical Behaviorism
Reading: Other Minds Are Known by Analogy from One's Own Case
Methodological Behaviorism
The Mind/Brain Identity Theory
Functionalism
Freedom, Determinism, and Causality
A Menu of Positions on Free Will
Readings: Determinism Shows That Free Will Is an Illusion
Of Liberty and Necessity
Has the Self "Free Will"?
Compatibilism
Psychological Egoism
Reading: What Motivates People to Act Justly?
Ethics
Ethics-Normative and Meta
The Is/Ought Gap and the Naturalistic Fallacy
Observation and Explanation in Ethics
Conventionalist Theories
Readings: The Euthyphro - A Critique of the Divine Command Theory- Plato
Existentialism
Utilitarianism
Readings: Defense of Utilitarianism
Principle of Utility
On Liberty
Kant's Moral Theory
Reading Ethics Founded on Reason Immanuel Kant
Aristotle on the Good Life

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