Philosophy The Quest for Truth

ISBN-10: 0195311329

ISBN-13: 9780195311327

Edition: 7th 2009

Authors: Louis P. Pojman, Lewis Vaughn

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Philosophy: The Quest for Truth is an anthology of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen philosophical problems or questions. Meant to help students make sense of the various arguments to be found within the major areas of philosophy, its eighty-four selections are organizedtopically and in a pro/con format. Topics include the nature of philosophy and the existence of God, what we know and who we are, how we should live and if we should act, political philosophy, and the meaning of life. Alongside works from Plato, Albert Camus, Rene Descartes, Paul Edwards, John Hick,William James, John Locke, J. P. Moreland, Richard Rorty, Jean-Paul Sartre, and many others, eleven new selections have been added to this edition - from David Chalmers, Roderick M. Chisholm, Jerry A. Fodor, David Hume, Soren Kierkegaard, Don Marquis, Michael Martin, James Rachels, Bertrand Russell,Harvey Siegel, and Judith Jarvis Thomson.To assist students on their journey of philosophical discovery, Louis P. Pojman and new coeditor Lewis Vaughn, offer numerous pedagogical features. They introduce each philosophical problem and every reading, offering biographical sketches and bibliographies. Study Questions precede every reading,highlighting important concepts to come, while "For Further Reflection" questions follow, encouraging discussion, critical thinking, and development of personal views. There is also a detailed glossary and an appendix on how to read and write a philosophy paper.
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List price: $79.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.398

Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.

Lewis Vaughn is an independent scholar and freelance writer living in Amherst, New York. He is the author of several leading textbooks, including Doing Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues.

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Each Part opens with an Introduction and ends with Suggestions for Further Reading
What Is Philosophy?
Socratic Wisdom
Of Enthusiasm and the Quest for Truth
The Value of Philosophy
Excursus: A Little Bit of Logic
Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
Inference to the Best Explanation
Some Applications
Fallacies of Reasoning
Exercises in Critical Reasoning
Questions for Discussion
Philosophy Of Religion
Is Belief in God Rationally Justified?
Arguments for the Existence of God
The Cosmological Argument Pro
The Five Ways
The Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Anthropic Principle
A Critique of the Cosmological Argument
The Teleological Argument Pro
The Watch and the Watchmaker Contra
A Critique of the Teleological Argument
The Ontological Argument
Pro et Contra
The Ontological Argument
An Analysis of the Ontological Argument
Why Is There Evil?
Why Is There Evil?
Why Doesn't God Intervene to Prevent Evil?
There Is a Reason Why God Allows Evil
Is Faith Compatible with Reason?
Yes, Faith Is a Logical Bet
The Ethics of Belief
The Will to Believe
A Debate on the Rationality of Religious Belief
Religious Belief Without Evidence
Faith and Truth
Holy Spirit Epistemology
Can Religion Cure Our Troubles?
What Can We Know?
Classical Theories of Knowledge
Cartesian Doubt and the Search for Foundational Knowledge
The Empiricist Theory of Knowledge
An Idealist Theory of Knowledge
The Origin of Our Ideas and Skepticism about Causal Reasoning
An Argument Against Skepticism
Truth, Rationality, and Cognitive Relativism
The Correspondence Theory of Truth
The Pragmatic Theory of Truth
Dismantling Truth: Solidarity versus Objectivity
Postmodernism and Truth
Philosophy Of Mind: The Mind-Body Problem
What Am I? A Mind or a Body?
Dualistic Interactionism
Exorcising Descartes' "Ghost in the Machine"
A Contemporary Defense of Dualism
On Functionalism and Materialism
What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
The Mind-Body Problem
Property Dualism
Minds, Brains, and Computers
Who Am I? Do We Have Personal Identity?
Our Psychological Properties Define the Self
We Have No Substantial Self with Which We Are Identical
Brain Transplants and Personal Identity: A Dialogue
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