Philosophy A Text with Readings

ISBN-10: 049580875X
ISBN-13: 9780495808756
Edition: 11th 2011
Authors: Manuel Velasquez
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Book details

List price: $239.95
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.706
Language: English

The Nature Of Philosophy
What Is Philosophy?
The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy
A Philosopher in Action: Socrates
The Value of Philosophy
Chapter Summary
Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers
Reading
Human Nature
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
Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius
Readings
Reality And Being
What Is Real?
Reality: Material or Nonmaterial?
Reality in Pragmatism
Reality and Logical Positivism
Antirealism: The Heir of Pragmatism and Idealism
Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism
Is Freedom Real?
Is Time Real?
Chapter Summary
Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley
Readings
Philosophy And God
The Significance of Religion
Does God Exist?
Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil
Traditional Religious Belief and Experience
Nontraditional Religious Experience
Chapter Summary
Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway
Readings
The Sources Of Knowledge
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
Historical Showcase: Hume
Readings
Truth
Knowledge, Truth, and Justification
What Is Truth?
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Can Interpretations Be True?
Chapter Summary
Historical Showcase: Kant
Readings
Ethics
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
Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft
Readings
Social And Political Philosophy
What Is Social and Political Philosophy?
What Justifies the State?
What is Justice?
Limits on the State
Chapter Summary
Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls
Readings
Postscript: The Meaning Of Life
Does Life Have Meaning?
The Theistic Response to Meaning
Meaning and Human Progress
The Nihilist Rejection of Meaning
Meaning as a Self-Chosen Commitment
Chapter Summary

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