Lovers of Wisdom An Introduction to Philosophy with Integrated Readings

ISBN-10: 0534541461
ISBN-13: 9780534541460
Edition: 2nd 2001
Authors: Daniel Kolak
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List price: $205.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

This is the most exciting and comprehensive text with integrated readings for introducing students to philosophy. It presents the big picture with all the right details. The central idea is to embed the best excerpts from the most important writings of the most important philosophers into one seamless, coherent adventure story in such a way that the reader takes part in the process of discovery. Instead of reading about philosophy, readers acquire philosophical insights into themselves and the world by acquiring a knowledge of philosophical ideas presented in their original contexts. Organized both historically and topically, the book can be used either chronologically or by topics, and to facilitate this for instructors it contains two separate tables of contents. The book covers all the major philosophers from the pre-Socratics to twentieth-century philosophy with a scope wide enough to embrace all schools and traditions-from the analytic and continental to non-western. This approach enables readers to understand the connection between many different ways of looking at ourselves and the world, to obtain a broad and multi-perspectival vision of all the best that philosophy has had to offer, by building philosophical bridges across national, cultural, religious, historical, and scholarly borders.

Preface
Introduction
The dawn of philosophy
The Birth of Wisdom
The Legend of Socrates: Knowing the Unknown
Selection: Plato, Apology
The Wisdom of Unknowing
The legacy of the ancients
The first philosophers
Indian Philosophy: The Vedas, the Upanisads, and the Bhagavad-Gita
Selections: The Rg-Veda, Song of Creation
The Kena Upanisad
The Katha Upanisad
The Bhagavad Gita
Thales: The First Philosopher
Selection: Aristotle on Thales
Anaximander: The Infinite Boundless
Selection: Anaximander, The Infinite
Anaximenes: A Question of Language
Selection: Anaximenes, The Breath of the World
Confucius: The Moral Way
Selections: Confucius, Lun Yu
Karl Jaspers, The Axial Period
Lao Tzu: The Way of the Tao
Selection: Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Buddha: The Way of Enlightenment
Selection: Buddha, Fire Sermon
Pythagoras: Form, Limit and Number as the Basis of All Things
Selection: Aristotle on the Pythagoreans
The Rational vs
the Irrational
Heraclitus: The Way of the Logos
Selection: Heraclitan Fragments
Parmenides: The Way of Truth
Selection: Parmenides, Nature
Zeno of Elea: The Way of Paradox
Selection: Zeno, Paradoxes
Protagoras and the Sophists: The Way of Relativism
Selection: Plato, Protagoras
Democritus: The Way of Materialism
Plato
Plato
Plato''s Euthyphro
Selection: Plato, Euthyphro
The Trial and Death of Socrates
Plato''s Epistemology and Metaphysics: The Myth of the Cave
Selection: Plato, Republic
Plato''s Next Step: The Birth of Self-Criticism
Selection: Plato, Parmenides
Aristotle
Aristotle: The Birth of Logic
Aristotle''s Epistemology: Knowledge for Its Own Sake
Selection: Aristotle, Metaphysics
Aristotle''s Criticism of Plato''s Ideal Forms
Selection: Aristotle, Categories
Aristotle''s Theory of Mind
Selection: Aristotle, On the Soul
The Nichomachean Ethics
Selection: Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
The middle period
The epicureans, stoics, and skeptics
Epicurus
Selections: Epicurus, Letter to Herodotus
Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus
Epictetus
Selections: Epictetus, Echiridion
Epictetus, Discourses
Marcus Aurelius: The Philosopher King
Selection: Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Sextus Empiricus: The Way of Skepticism
Selection: Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Pyrrhonism
Nagarunja: The Way of Nirvana
Selection: Nagarunja, The Unity of Being
Catholic philosophy
The Fragmentation of Philosophy: Fear of the Known
Plotinus: The Twilight of Philosophy
Selection: Plotinus, Enneads
Augustine: The Beginning of Christendom
Selections: Augustine, Confessions
Augustine, Against the Manichaens
Augustine, City of God
Augustine, Self Knowledge and the Nature of Mind
Anselm: The New Scholasticism
Selections: Anselm, Proslogion: The Ontological Argument
Guanilo, On Behalf of the Fool
Anselm, Reply to Guanilo
The islamic influence
Averroes
Selection: Averroes, Commentary on De Anima
Maimonides
The medievals
Aquinas: The Godhead
Selection: Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Duns Scotus: The Logical Analysis of Being
Selection: Duns Scotus, Ordinatio
Ockham: The Razor''s Edge
Selections: Ockham, Logic
Ockham, Theory of Knowledge and Metaphysics
The renaissance
Nicholas of Cusa: Everything is Everything
Selection: Nicholas of Cusa, Everything is Everything
Roger Bacon: The Idols of the Mind
Selections: Bacon, The Idols from Novum Organum
Bacon, On Induction from Novum Organum
Giordano Bruno: The World Soul is You
Selection: Bruno, The Cause, the Principle and the One
The modern rationalists
Prelude to modern philosophy: The Copernican Revolution
The Copernican Revolution: The Second Dawn
Selection: Copernicus, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
From the Religious Authority of the Church to the Secular Authority of Science
Selections: Thomas Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution
Paul Feyerabend, How to Defend Society Against Science
Thomas Hobbes: The Materialist, the New Science, and the Quest for Secular Eth

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