Historical Introduction to Philosophy Texts and Interactive Guides

ISBN-10: 0195139844

ISBN-13: 9780195139846

Edition: 2001

Authors: James Fieser, Norman Lillegard, Norman Lillegard, Norman Lillegard

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Offering a unique pedagogical apparatus, A Historical Introduction to Philosophy: Texts and Interactive Guides provides selections from the most influential primary works in philosophy from the Presocratics through the twentieth century, integrating them with substantial commentary and study questions. It offers extensive treatment of the Hellenistic and Renaissance periods--which are typically given only minimal coverage in other anthologies--and devotes substantial chapters to nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy. The selections are organized historically and are presented in short and manageable sections with organizational headings and subheadings; archaic and difficult material has been adapted for clarity. Accompanying commentaries simplify difficult passages, explain technical terminology, and expand upon allusions to unfamiliar literature and arguments. Study questions are interspersed throughout the chapters in "Ask Yourself" boxes and vary with respect to format and level of difficulty. They require students to reconstruct arguments, summarize passages, complete blanks in statements and arguments, evaluate the success or viability of a philosophical point, or draw contemporary parallels and applications. The questions are carefully framed so as to avoid commitment to any particular side in controversies. Instructors can assign those questions that will best suit the aims of their courses and aid their students' comprehension of the primary source material. A Historical Introduction to Philosophy is enhanced by a comprehensive time line, a glossary, and lists of suggested further readings for both primary and secondary sources. This rich and flexible anthology and interactive textbook is ideal for introduction to philosophy and history of philosophy courses.
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List price: $99.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/3/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.926
Language: English

James Fieser is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his B.A. from Berea College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University. He is author, co-author, or editor of ten textbooks, including SOCRATES TO SARTRE AND BEYOND (9/e 2011), ETHICAL THEORY: CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY READINGS (6/e 2010), A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (2003), and MORAL PHILOSOPHY THROUGH THE AGES (2001). He has edited and annotated the ten-volume EARLY RESPONSES TO HUME (2/e 2005) and the five-volume SCOTTISH COMMON SENSE PHILOSOPHY (2000). He is founder and general editor of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy website (http://www.iep.utm.edu).

Preface: Time Line
Early Greek Philosophy
Introduction Homer and Hesiod Principal concerns of the Presocratics
Milesians Thales Anaximander Anaximenes
Other Ionians Xenophanes Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans Heraclitus
The Eleatics Parmenides Zeno
Pluralist Alternatives to Parmenides Empedocles Anaxagoras The Atomists: Parmenides as Pluralist
The Sophists: Rhetoric and Virtue for a Price Protagoras and Gorgias
Socrates And Plato
Socrates The Euthyphro Meno The Apology
Plato Introduction to the Theory of Forms Phaedo The Republic Phaedrus
Logical Works Categories
Nature and the Soul Physics On the Soul
Ethics Book 1 Book 2 Book 3
Hellenistic Philosophy
Epicureanism Atoms and Free Will
Fearing the Gods Fear of Death Pleasure and Pain Prudence and Freedom
Stoicism Zeno of Citium
Logic, Physics, and Ethics Epictetus
Cynicism Antisthenes and Diogenes
Skepticism Academics and Pyrrhonians
The Goal and Criterion of Skepticism
The Ten Modes of Skepticism
Medieval Philosophy
Augustine Book1 Good and Evil Book 2 Book 3
The Confessions: Augustine on Time
Anselm Proslogion 1
Averroes (from The Decisive Treatise Determining the Nature of the Connection Between Religion and Philosophy)
Philosophy and Religion Belong Together
The Elite and Ordinary Believers
Moses Maimonides (from The Guide for the Perplexed)
God and Biblical Language Thomas Aquinas (from Summa Theologica)
The Existence of God Natural Law
Renaissance And Early Modern Philosophy
Humanism Pico's Oration More's Utopia
The Reformation
Luther's Appeal Calvin's Institutes
Fideism and Skepticism Montaigne's Apology (from "Apology for Raymond Sebond")
Bayle's Dictionary (from "Psyrrho" in Historical and Critical Dictionary)
Pascal's Wager (from Thoughts)
The Earth-Centered System of the Universe Copernicus ("Dedication" to On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres)
Galileo (from "letter to Giacomo Muti," and Dialogues on the Two Chief Systems of the World)
Newton (from "Preface" to Principia Mathematica)
Implications of Modern Astronomy
Scientific Method Bacon and Induction Descartes's Method Newton's Method of Investigation (from Principia Mathematica and Optics)
Mathematics and Scientific Method
Rene Descartes Meditation 1: Concerning
Those Things That Can Be Called Into Doubt Meditation 2: Concerning the Nature of the Human Mind: That the Mind Is More Known
Than the Body Meditation 3: Of God
That He Exists Meditation 6: Of the Existence of Material Things, and of the Real Distinction between the Soul and Body of Man Supplementary
Selections Benedict Spinoza (from The Ethics)
God Does Not Willfully Direct the Course of Nature
Nicholas Malebranche (from The Search after Truth)
What Is Meant by Ideas
That They Truly Exist, and That They Are Necessary to Perceive All Material Objects
That We See All Things In God Occasionalism
Leibniz Monads Human Perception Good Body and Soul
The Human Spirit Against Atoms and a Vacuum
All Creatures Are Changeable Against Descartes, Hobbes, and Spinoza
British Empiricism
No Speculative Innate Principles in the Mind
Of Ideas in General and Their Origin
Of Simple Ideas
Of Simple Ideas of Sense
Of Simple Ideas of Diverse Senses
Of Simple Ideas of Reflection
Simple Ideas of Both Sensation and Reflection
Some Farther Considerations Concerning Our Simple Ideas
Of Complex Ideas
Of the Extent of Human Knowledge
Of Our Threefold Knowledge of Existence
Of Our Knowledge of the Existence of Other Things
George Berkeley Dialogue One Dialogue Two Dialogue Three
David Hume (from Enquiries and Treatise of Human Nature
Of the Origin of Ideas
Of the
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