Philosophy An Introduction to the Art of Wondering

ISBN-10: 053451250X

ISBN-13: 9780534512507

Edition: 9th 2006

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This classic introductory text provides a unique set of teaching tools for instructors who prefer a synoptic approach. PHILOSOPHY is visually appealing and reader friendly. Christian accents his accessible writing with cartoons, quotations, and related findings from the social and physical sciences, reinforcing his conception of philosophy as the individual's attempt to unify disparate world views. The style of writing makes central philosophical concepts readily engaging to students. Interspersed biographies give the student a feeling for the lives of the great thinkers who have fashioned the Western philosophical tradition and have determined largely how we think today. Above all, this text nurtures the analytical skills students need to critically engage the "big picture" of Western philosophy for themselves.
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Book details

List price: $165.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 5/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 650
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.596

Prelude
Credit, Blame, and Acknowledgments
What Do You Mean, Philosophy?
The Fine Art of Wondering
The World-Riddle
Just in Case...
The Human Condition
The Search for Meaning
Why-Questions
The World-Riddle
Philosopher-King
Reflections
The Spirit of Inquiry
The Love of Wisdom
The Greek Miracle
Freedom to Wonder and to Ask Questions
A Western Dilemma
Belief, Doubt, Critical Thinking, and Faith
The Wisest Man Alive
Reflections
Critical Analysis
The Philosophic Mind
Critical Skills
Brief Skirmishes/Examples of Critical Thinking
A Special Kind of Listening
The First Educator
Reflections
Synoptic Synthesis
And He Wants to Understand It
Life on a Picture-Puzzle
The Annihilation of Boundaries
How to Do Synoptic Philosophy
The Synoptic Venture: Risks and Rewards
"I Can Float Over the Orchard as in a Balloon"
The First Scientific Worldview
Reflections
The Condition and the Odyssey
Predicament
The Coherent Worldview
The Egocentric Predicament
Aristocentric Claims
Egocentric Illusions in Time and Space
Man and the Absurd
Reflections
Self
How Much of Me Is Me?
A Sense of Self
A Sense of Worth
The Autonomous Self
The Productive Life
Reflections
Growth
When Things Go Wrong
The Masks We Wear
I Will Not Stop Till I Know
Growth and Insecurity
The Answer-Givers
Crisis of Authority
Developing Self-Awareness
The Law of Pathei Mathos
Our Humanity Is Blocked by Our Pain
Reflections
Lifetime
All the World's a Stage...
Mapping a Lifetime
The Ground Plan
Infancy to Childhood
The Adolescent Years
The Maturing Years
The Shriek of Ivan Ilytch
The Laughing Philosopher
Reflections
The Real World: Knowing and Unknowing
Knowledge
Epistemic Awareness
The Senses: Empirical Knowledge
Knowledge from Others
Reason: Using Known Facts
Intuition: Knowledge from the Depths
Reality and Appearance
Reflections
Senses
We Never See the Real World
The Mind Manufactures Experience
Our Senses Deceive
Sensory Limitations and Reality
Epistemic Loneliness
The Pragmatic Nature of Knowing
The Irish Immaterialist
Reflections
Mind
The Pragmatic Thinker
Why We Think in Abstractions
Classifying and Labeling
Our Mental Grids
What It Means to Be a Hummingbird
Reflections
Truth
Truth-Tests
The Correspondence Test
The Coherence Test
The Pragmatic Test
The Pragmatic Paradox
"Truth Happens to an Idea"
Reflections
The Inner World: The Fantastic Journey
Psyche
The Exploration of Inner Space
Huxley's Deep Reflection
Mystical Unity
Zen Satori
Religious Ecstasy
The Fantastic Journey
One Who Awakened
Reflections
Time
A Philosophy of Time
Clock Time
Psychological Time
Real Time
Saint Augustine: God's Time and Ours
Newton: Absolute Time
Time Past
Time Future
Time Present
Time and Personal Existence
The Starry Heavens and the Moral Law
Reflections
Freedom
The Feeling of Freedom
The Dilemma of Determinism
The Case for Determinism
The Case for Freedom of Choice
Apostle of Freedom
Reflections
Symbols
The Functions of Language
The Many Roles of Language
Communications Analysis
Definitions and Contexts
Dissolving the Riddles of Life
Reflections
Delicate Coexistence: The Human Love/Hate Condition
History
Theater of the Absurd
The Meaning of History
Toynbee's Organismic Interpretation of History
The Plight of Western Civilization
The Roots of Violence
Can We Learn from History?
"Reason Is the Substance of the Universe"
Reflections
Laws/Conscience
Conflicting Loyalties
Good Laws and Bad Laws
Loyalty to Higher Authority
Obedience to the Rule of Law
The Personal Dilemma
"I Will Breathe After My Own Fashion"
Reflections
Lifestyles
The Bonds of Culture
Prisoners
Alternatives to Remaining Prisoners
Cultural Relativity
Personal Alienation
"I Learned This, at Least..."
The Hound-Dog Philosopher
Reflections
Ethics
Sin and/or Virtue
Debatable and Nondebatable Value Judgments
The Morality of Ethics/The Ethics of Morality
Three Ethical Questions
Who Really Makes Decisions?
What Makes a Decision Right or Wrong?
Whom (and What) Should I Care About?
Courage and Compassion in the Modern World
Reflections
The Protoplasmic Venture
Life
Four Great Etiological Questions
Biochemical Evolution
The Beginning of Life on Earth
Earth's Life-Forms: An Inventory
Biogenetic Theories
Can "Life" Be Defined?
Evolution as a Field Theory
Philosophic Implications
Philosophic Problems
The Grandest Synthesis
Reflections
Humans
The Sculptor-Gods
The Story of Human Origins
Still Trying to Define "Human"
The Killer-Ape Theory
The Immense Journey
"That Individual"
Reflections
Earth
Our Place in the Scheme of Things
An Ecospheric Ethic
Coexistence-In Life and Death
"No Man Is an Iland"
Reverence for Life
Reflections
Future
The Theoretical Life
Research into the Future
The Futurists and the Future
A New Kind of Realism
A Special Kind of Hope
Many Futures: A Common Vision
The Glory of Becoming Human
Reflections
Microcosm/Macrocosm/Cosmos
Knowledge of Nature
May 28, 585 bc
Empirical Knowledge
A Priori Knowledge
Other Ways of Knowing?
Realities beyond Appearances
This World-What Is It?
The Dematerialization of Matter
What Is the Origin of Matter?
The Universe Is Made of Numbers
Reflections
Space/Time/Motion
What Physics Is and Isn't
Classical Physics
Relativity Physics
Quantum Mechanics
The Second Scientific Revolution
Reflections
Cosmos
Ancient Cosmologies
Today's Universe
The Expanding Universe
The Story of the Universe
There Are Still Mysteries
What Does It All Mean (If Anything)?
"The Noblest Eye Is Darkened"
Reflections
Biocosmos
We Are Not Alone
A Cosmic Context for Mankind
Our Expanding Consciousness
Consequences
The Human Preserve
The Encyclopaedia Galactica
Reflections
Of Ultimate Concern
Of Ultimate Concern
Greek Tragedy
Transformation
The Role of Myth
The Anthropomorphic Spirits
Spirit Possession
Teleocosmic Dramas
Apocalyptic Dramas
The Eschaton-End of Drama
All Religion Is One
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Reflections
Ultimate Reality
Ultimate Questions
The Problem of Divine Knowledge
Arguments for the Existence of God
The Death(s) of God(s)
The Other Side of Kanchenjunga
Reflections
Death/Immortality
All Graves Are Wrong
Death Is a Nonexperience
Fear of Nonbeing
The Denial of Death
Arguments for Immortality
Arguments Against Immortality
The Future of Death
"One Thing at Least Is Certain-This Life Flies"
The Last Rite of Passage
Reflections
Meaning/Existence
The Knowledge That Hurts Most
What Did I Want?
Existence and the Real: Persistent Confusion
Trivialities
Work, Work...to Kill the Flowers
The World-Riddle
"I Know Not If I Shall Ever Anchor"
Reflections
Postlude
Glossary
Credits
Index to Marginal Quotations
Name/Subject Index
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