Problems from Philosophy

ISBN-10: 007338660X

ISBN-13: 9780073386607

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: James Rachels, Stuart Rachels

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Book details

List price: $51.56
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 3/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

James Rachels is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birminghamand is widely respected in the field of moral philosophy. He is also the author of THE END OF LIFE: Euthanasia and Morality and CREATED FROM ANIMALS: The Moral Implications of Darwinism.

Preface
The Legacy of Socrates
Why Was Socrates Condemned?
Why Did Socrates Believe He Had to Die?
God and the Origin of the Universe
Is It Reasonable to Believe in God?
The Argument from Design
Evolution and Intelligent Design
The First Cause Argument
The Idea that God Is a Necessary Being
The Problem of Evil
Why Do Good People Suffer?
God and Evil
Free Will and Moral Character
Do We Survive Death?
The Idea of an Immortal Soul
Is There Any Credible Evidence of an Afterlife?
Hume's Argument Against Miracles
The Problem of Personal Identity
The Problem
Personhood at a Moment
Personhood over Time
Bodily Continuity
Memory
Body and Mind
Descartes and Elizabeth
Materialist Theories of the Mind
Doubts About Materialist Theories
Could a Machine Think?
Brains and Computers
An Argument that Machines Could Think
The Turing Test
Why the Turing Test Fails
The Case Against Free Will
Are People Responsible for What They Do?
Determinism
Psychology
Genes and Behavior
The Debate Over Free Will
The Determinist Argument
The Libertarian Response
The Compatibilist Response
Ethics and Free Will
Our Knowledge of the World Around Us
Vats and Demons
Idealism
What Evidence for These Views Might Be Like
Descartes' Theological Response
Direct vs. Indirect Realism
Vision and the Brain
The Natural Theory
Ethics and Objectivity
Thrasymachus's Challenge
Is Ethics Just Social Conventions?
Ethics and Science
The Importance of Human Interests
Why Should We Be Moral?
The Ring of Gyges
Ethics and Religion
The Social Contract
Morality and Benevolence
The Meaning of Life
The Problem of the Point of View
Happiness
Death
Religion and the Indifferent Universe
The Meaning of Particular Lives
Appendix: How to Evaluate Arguments
Notes on Sources
Index
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