Philosophy A Text with Readings

ISBN-10: 0495094978
ISBN-13: 9780495094975
Edition: 10th 2008 (Revised)
Authors: Manuel Velasquez
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Book details

List price: $218.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/28/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.904
Language: English

This popular text/reader combines clear, lively prose and non-technical primary sources to provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction to philosophy that relates the subject to your students' own self-understanding. With his proven approach, author Manuel Velasquez makes philosophy relevant to students' personal lives as well as the larger social world. PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS, Tenth Edition covers a wide range of topics-such as human nature, feminist theory, diversity, and aesthetics-and is organized to encourage critical thinking and studying through questions and readings that always connect philosophy back to your students' personal experiences. With the Tenth Edition Velasquez's text is now more flexible than ever. TextChoice and Proteus allow you to customize the content and the readings to meet your specific course needs. And, when used with The Examined Life Telecourse, PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS is also ideal in distance learning settings. Whether you are teaching your course online or face-to-face, you will find unmatched support through ThomsonNOW? for Velasquez's PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS, a powerful online tutorial and course management system.

Preface
Introduction
The Nature of Philosophy
Introduction: What is Philosophy? The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy
An Example of Philosophy: Socrates
The Value of Philosophy
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers
Readings
Human Nature
Introduction: Why Study Human Nature?
What is Human Nature?
The Mind-Body Problem: How Do Mind and Body Relate?
Is There an Enduring Self?
Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle and Confucius
Metaphysics
Reality and Being
Introduction: What is Real? Reality: Material or Nonmaterial?
Reality in Pragmatism
Reality and Logical Positivism
Antirealism: The New Idealists
Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism
Is Freedom Real?
Is Time Real?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley
Readings
Philosophy and God
Introduction: What is Religion?
Does God Exist?
Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil
Traditional Religious Belief and Experience
Nontraditional Religious Experience
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway
Readings
Epistemology
The Sources of Knowledge
Introduction: Why is Knowledge a Problem?
Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge?
Can the Senses Account for all Our Knowledge?
Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World?
Does Science Give Us Knowledge?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Hume
Readings
Truth
Introduction: Belief, Knowledge and Truth
What is Truth?
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Can Interpretations Be True?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Kant
Readings
Values
Ethics
Introduction: What is Ethics?
Is Ethics Relative?
Do Consequences Make an Action Right?
Do Rules Define Morality?
Is Ethics Based on Character?
Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries?
Ethics and Moral Responsibility
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft
Readings
Social Philosophy
Introduction: What is Social Philosophy?
What Justifies the State?
What is Justice?
Law and Civil Disobedience
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls
Readings
Postscript: Art and Meaning
Introduction
What is Art? Does Life Have Meaning?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Art Acknowledgments
Glossary
Appendix
Suggestions for Further Reading

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