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Philosophy The Basics

ISBN-10: 0415327733
ISBN-13: 9780415327732
Edition: 4th 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Nigel Warburton
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

These works by Warburton introduce philosophy through history and its key writings. Without assuming any previous knowledge of philosophy, this is a clear and concise introduction to important features such as Plato's 'Republic'.

Preface
Introduction
Philosophy and its history
Why study philosophy?
Is philosophy difficult?
The limits of what philosophy can do
How to use this book
Further reading
Internet resources
God
The Design Argument
Criticisms of the Design Argument
Fine Tuning
Criticism of Fine Tuning
The First Cause Argument
Critisms of the First Cause Argument
The Ontological Argument
Criticisms of the Ontological Argument
Knowledge, proof and the existence of God
The Problem of Evil
Attempted solutions to the Problem of Evil
The Free Will Defence
Criticisms of the Free Will Defence
The argument from miracles
Hume on miracles
The Gambler's Argument: Pascal's Wager
Criticisms of the Gambler's Argument
Non-realism about God
Criticisms of non-realism about God
Faith
Death
Criticism of Epicurus
Would immortality be tedious?
Criticism of the tedium of immortality
Conclusion
Further reading
Right and wrong
Duty-based theories
Christian ethics
Criticisms of Christian ethics
Kantian ethics
Criticisms of Kantian ethics
Consequentialism
Utilitarianism
Criticisms of utilitarianism
Negative utilitarianism
Criticism of negative utilitarianism
Rule utilitarianism
Virtue theory
Criticisms of virtue theory
Applied ethics
Ethics and meta-ethics
Naturalism
Criticisms of naturalism
Moral relativism
Criticisms of moral relativism
Emotivism
Criticisms of emotivism
Conclusion
Further reading
Politics
Equality
Equal distribution of money
Criticisms of equal distribution of money
Equal opportunity in employment
Reverse discrimination
Criticisms of reverse discrimination
Political equality: democracy
Direct democracy
Representative democracy
Criticisms of democracy
Freedom
Negative freedom
Criticisms of negative freedom
Positive freedom
Freedom of speech
Criticisms of Mill on free speech
Removing freedom: punishment
Punishment as retribution
Criticisms of retributivism
Deterrence
Criticisms of deterrence
Protection of society
Criticisms of protection of society
Reform
Criticisms of reform
Civil disobedience
Criticisms of civil disobedience
Conclusion
Further reading
The external world
Common-sense realism
Scepticism about the evidence of the senses
The Illusion Argument
Criticisms of the Illusion Argument
Could I be dreaming?
Hallucination
Memory and logic
I think therefore I am
Criticism of the Cogito
Representative realism
Criticisms of representative realism
Idealism
Criticisms of idealism
Phenomenalism
Criticisms of phenomenalism
Causal realism
Criticisms of causal realism
Conclusion
Further reading
Science
The simple view of scientific method
Criticisms of the simple view
The Problem of Induction
Attempted solutions to the Problem of Induction
Falsificationism: conjecture and refutation
Criticisms of falsificationism
Scientism
Criticism of scientism
Conclusion
Further reading
Mind
Philosophy of mind and psychology
The Mind/Body Problem
Zombies
Dualism
Criticisms of dualism
Dualism without interaction
Physicalism
Type-identity theory
Criticisms of type-identity theory
Token-identity theory
Criticisms of token-identity theory
Behaviourism
Criticisms of behaviourism
Functionalism
Criticism of functionalism
Other Minds
The argument from analogy
Criticisms of the argument from analogy
Conclusion
Further reading
Art
Can art be defined?
The family resemblance view
Criticisms of the family resemblance view
The significant form theory
Criticisms of the significant form theory
The idealist theory
Criticisms of the idealist theory
The institutional theory
Criticisms of the institutional theory
Art criticism
Anti-intentionalism
Criticisms of anti-intentionalism
Performance, interpretation, authenticity
Historical authenticity in performance
Criticisms of historical authenticity in performance
Forgeries and artistic value
Conclusion
Further reading
Index

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