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Philosophy The Pursuit of Wisdom

ISBN-10: 0495007129
ISBN-13: 9780495007128
Edition: 5th 2006
Authors: Louis P. Pojman
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Book details

List price: $130.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 406
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Capturing the inimitable enthusiasm of Louis Pojman's much acclaimed teaching, PHILOSOPHY: THE PURSUIT OF WISDOM introduces students to all of the core topics in philosophy. Beginning with an inquiry into the nature and purpose of philosophy, this text moves through many traditional discussions?such as the existence of God, the problems of knowledge, the freewill/determinism debate, and the foundations of ethics?and concludes with an exploration into existentialism and the meaning of life.

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.

Preface
A Personal Word to the Student
Introduction To Philosophy
What Is Philosophy?
A Little Bit of Logic
Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
Abductive Reasoning
Some Applications
Fallacies of Reasoning
Box: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
The Beginning of Philosophy: The Ancient Greeks
The Milesians
Pythagoras
The Eleatics
Heracleitus
The Pluralists: Empedocles and the Atomists
Anaxagoras of Klazomenae
The Rise of the Sophists and Socrates
The Rise of the Sophists
Socrates:The Father of Ethics?
Knowledge Is Virtue
Box: Plato
Philosophy Of Religion
The Value of Religion: An Introduction
Terminology
The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God: A First Cause
Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God
The Cosmological Argument
The Argument from Contingency
The Teleological Argument for the Existence of God
Paley's Argument
Hume's Critique
The Darwinian Objection
The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God
The Argument from Religious Experience
Encounters with God
An Analysis of Religious Experience
A Critique of the Strong-Justification Thesis
The Problem of Evil
The Mystery of Evil
The Argument from Evil
The Free-Will Defense
The Theodicy Defense
Evolution and Evil
Faith and Reason
Pragmatic Justification of Religious Belief
Fideism: Faith Without/Against Reason
Reformed Epistemology: Alvin Plantinga
The Theory of Knowledge
What Can We Know? An Introduction
Knowledge and Its Types
What Is Truth? Knowledge and Belief
Types of Knowledge
Skepticism
The Challenge of Skepticism
Perception: Can We Have Knowledge of the External World?
Philosophy Of Mind
The Mind-Body Problem
Dualistic Interactionism
A Critique of Dualistic Interactionism
Dualism Revived
Box: The Mind-Body Problem
Materialist Monism
Functionalism and Biological Naturalism
Box: Intentionality
Who Am I?
The Problem of Personal Identity
What Is It to Be a Person?
What Is Identity?
What Is Personal Identity?
Is There Life After Death?
Personal Identity and Immortality
Box: Reincarnation
Freedom Of The Will and Determinism
Determinism
Universal Causality
Teleological Determinism
Libertarianism
The Argument from Deliberation
The Argument from Moral Responsibility
Compatibilism: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
A Reconciling Project
A Critique of Compatibilism: A "Quagmire of Evasion"? The Argument Against Compatibilism from Moral Responsibility
The Compatibilist Response
Ethics
What Is Ethics? Why Do We Need Morality? The Purposes of Morality
Ethical Relativism Versus Ethical Objectivism
An Analysis of Ethical Relativism
Subjective Ethical Relativism (Subjectivism)
Conventional Ethical Relativism (Conventionalism)
The Case for Ethical Objectivism
Egoism, Self-Love, and Altruism
Arguments for Ethical Egoism
Arguments Against Ethical Egoism
Evolution and Altruism
Utilitarianism and the Structure of Ethics
What Is Utilitarianism? The Strengths and Weaknesses of Utilitarianism
Utilitarian Reponses to the Standard Objections
Kantian Deontological Ethics
Immanuel Kant's Rationalist Deontological System
The Goodwill
Duty and the Moral Law
Kant's Second Formulation of the Categorical Imperative
The Principle of Autonomy
Virtue Ethics
Religion and Ethics
Does Morality Depend on Religion? Is Religion Irrelevant or Even Inimical to Morality? Does Religion Enhance the Moral Life?
Existentialism and The Meaning Of Life
Existentialism and the Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life and the Fear of Death
Appendix: How to Read and Write a Philosophy Paper
Glossary
Credits
Index

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