ISBN-10: 0071717668

ISBN-13: 9780071717663

Edition: 2011

Authors: Robert Arp, Jamie Carlin Watson

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The rational way to learn philosophy Philosophy DeMYSTiFiedcovers all five sub-disciplines of philosophylogic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy. The book features the tried-and-true DeMYSTiFied format of clear writing, quizzes, and tests, along with the authors' own sidebars such as fun facts, cautions, and topical discussions. The result is a deep immersion in philosophy without the pain of a confusing, expensive text. Learning philosophical topics and philosophical reasoning can be a wholly new experience, causing you to think in ways that you may have never thought before. Along with this new way of thinking, however, comes mystificationand frustration. Thus, a companion book such as this one does exactly what it claims to do: it DeMYSTiFies the discipline of philosophy, and even makes it enjoyable for a new-comer. Philosophy DeMYSTiFiedfeatures: "Topical talks" sections in which the authors offer various questions and topics for discussion and debate "Critical caution" icons, pointing out common mistakes to avoid in thinking about some philosophical topics Chapter-opening objectives offering insight into what you're going to learn in each step Questions at the end of every chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses "Still Struggling?" icon providing specific recommendations for those having difficulty with certain subtopics A final exam for overall self-assessment "Curriculum Tree" that shows how the topic covered in the book fits into a larger curriculum Hard stuff made easy! Philosophy and Correct Reasoning; Branches of Philosophy; Philosophy/Other Disciplines; The Beginnings of Philosophy; Philosophical Eras; Value of Philosophy; Correct Reasoning; Logic, Science of Sound Reasoning; Beliefs & Claims; Argument & Its Goal; Evidence & Justification; Deductive/ Inductive Arguments; Good/Bad Arguments; Fallacies; Metaphysics; Existence and Existing Things; What Exists; Material Monism; Immaterial Monism; Dualism; The Search for Unifying Principles; Plato's Dualism; Aristotle's Four Causes; Medieval Metaphysics; The Rise of Modern Science; Scientific Principles; Macro-level and Micro-level Entities; Living vs. Non-living Entities; Contemporary Metaphysics; Philosophy of Religion; What do People Mean by God; The Theism/Atheism Spectrum; Proofs for God's Existence; The Design Argument; The First Cause Argument; The Ontological Argument; The Moral Argument; The Argument from Religious Experience; The Argument from Miracles; Qualities of God; Pascal's Wager; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy and Psychology; Qualities of Mind; Perception & Awareness; Consciousness; Arguments for the Distinctiveness of Consciousness; Mind-Body Dualism; Eliminative Materialism; Behaviorism; Identity Theory; Functionalism; Artificial Intelligence; Personhood and Personal Identity over Time; Philosophy of Freedom; Epistemology; Perception and Reality; Knowledge; Truth; Ethics; Descriptive and Prescriptive Ethics; Applied Ethics; Bioethics; Business Ethics; Environmental Ethics; Political Philosophy; Justice and Rights; Law; Governing
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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 6/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Robert Arp has authored numerous articles and book chapters in ontology (in the information science sense), philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, modern philosophy, and popular culture. He is the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (MIT Press, 2008). He is also coauthor of Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology (MIT Press, in preparation) and Reasoning Well: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and is coeditor of Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology.

Philosophy and Correct Reasoning
An Overview of Western Philosophy
Thinking Critically about Reality
Knowledge and the Problem of Skepticism
Responses to Skepticism
The Problem of Induction and the Development of Externalism
The Mind-Body Problem
Personhood and Personal Identity over Time
Freedom and Determinism
The Question of God's Existence
Moral Philosophy
Moral Decision-Making
Justice, Rights, and Government
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