Classic Philosophical Questions

ISBN-10: 0136006523

ISBN-13: 9780136006527

Edition: 13th 2009

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Classic Philosophic Questionshas presented decades of students with the most compelling classic and contemporary primary source readings on the most enduring and abiding questions in philosophy. Classic Philosophic Questionsis a longstanding and highly respected anthology of basic readings in philosophy, taken from ancient, modern, and contemporary sources. Issues are treated in a fundamentally open manner with arguments pro and con for the various positions covered. All selections are taken from primary sources, with introductions and study guides to facilitate reading for the beginning student. A unique feature of this book is the list of "think abouts" at the end of most of the readings. These suggest issues raised in the readings that can promote new ways of thinking about themes and concepts. This text offers a comprehensive, first-hand experience of all the major branches of Philosophy. It covers all the fundamentals in philosophy, as opposed to volumes dealing with specialized topics. It draws from the ancient as well as modern and contemporary sources, rather than focusing on one particular historical period. Each reading contains a biographical sketch of the author, and a group of further readings for the student wishing to pursue the issue in greater depth.
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List price: $98.80
Edition: 13th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Plato and the Trial of Socrates
What Is Philosophy?
Euthyphro: Defining Philosophical Terms
The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito: The Trial, Immortality, and Death of Socrates
Philosophy of Religion
Can We Prove That God Exists?
St. Anselm: The Ontological Argument
St. Thomas Aquinas: The Cosmological Argument
William Paley: The Teleological Argument
Blaise Pascal: It Is Better to Believe in God's Existence Than to Deny It
William James: Free Choice Is the Basis of Belief
Does the Idea of a Good God Exclude Evil?
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: God Can Allow Some Evil
David Hume: A Good God Would Exclude Evil
Are Ethics Relative?
Ruth Benedict: Ethics Are Relative
W.T. Stace: Ethics Are Not Relative
Are Humans Always Selfish?
Humans Are Always Selfish: Glaucon's Challenge to Socrates
James Rachels: Humans Are Not Always Selfish
Which Is Basic in Ethics: Happiness or Obligation?
Aristotle: Happiness Is Living Virtuously
Jeremy Bentham: Happiness Is Seeking the Greatest Pleasure for the Greatest Number of People
Immanuel Kant: Duty Is Prior to Happiness
Friedrich Nietzsche: Happiness Is Having Power
Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialist Ethics
Rosemarie Tong: Feminist Ethics Are Different
Two Contemporary Moral Problems: Abortion, Animal Rights
Jane English: Are Most Abortions Moral?
The Animal Rights Issue
Peter Singer: Do Animals Have Rights?
What Is Knowledge?
Plato: Knowledge Is "Warranted, True Belief"
What Method Is Best for Acquiring Knowledge?
Charles Sanders Peirce: Four Approaches to Philosophy
How Do We Acquire Knowledge?
Rene Descartes: Knowledge Is Not Ultimately Sense Knowledge
John Locke: Knowledge Is Ultimately Sensed
Immanuel Kant: Knowledge Is Both Rational and Empirical
How Is Truth Established?
Bertrand Russell: Truth Is Established by Correspondence
Francis. H. Bradley: Truth Is Established by Coherence
William James: Truth Is Established on Pragmatic Grounds
Can We Know the Nature of Causal Relations?
David Hume: Cause Means Regular Association
David Hume: There Are No Possible Grounds for Induction
Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
Parmenides: Being Is Uncaused
Lao-Tzu: Non-Being Is the Source of Being
Is Reality General or Particular?
Plato: Universals Are Real
David Hume: Particulars Are Real
Of What Does Reality Consist?
Rene Descartes: Reality Consists of Mind and Matter
Paul Churchland: Reality Consists of Matter
George Berkeley: Reality Consists of Ideas
John Dewey: Reality Consists of Mental and Physical Qualities
Are Humans Free?
Holbach: Humans Are Determined
Robert Kane: Humans Are Free
Social and Political Philosophy
What Is Liberty?
Fyodor Dostoevski: Liberty and Authority
John Stuart Mill: Liberty Is Independence from the Majority's Tyranny
Martin Luther King Jr.: Liberty and Racial Prejudice
Which Government Is Best?
Thomas Hobbes: Monarchy Is Best
John Locke: Democracy Is Best
Karl Marx: Communism and Nonalienated Labor Is Best
Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy Can Have Serious Problems
Karl Popper: Utopias Lead to Violence
What Constitutes the Experience of Beauty?
Plotinus: Beauty, Sensuous and Ideal
What Is the Function of Art?
Aristotle: The Nature of Tragedy
Henri Bergson: The Nature of Comedy
Philosophy and the Good Life
Two Classic Views of the Good Life
Epicurus and the Pleasant Life
Epictetus and the Life of Self-Control
What Gives Life Meaning?
Leo Tolstoy: Faith Provides Life's Meaning
Albert Camus: Each Person Determines His or Her Life's Meaning
What Is the Value of Philosophy?
Bertrand Russell: The Value of Philosophy
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