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Exploring Philosophy An Introductory Anthology

ISBN-10: 0195370104

ISBN-13: 9780195370102

Edition: 3rd 2009

Authors: Steven M. Cahn, Steven M. Cahn

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Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, Third Edition, is a remarkably accessible and engaging introduction to philosophy. Steven M. Cahn brings together extraordinarily clear, recent essays by noted philosophers and supplements them with influential historical sources. Most importantly, the articles have been carefully edited to make them understandable to every reader. The topics are drawn from across the major fields of philosophy and include knowledge and skepticism, mind and body, freedom and determinism, the existence of God, the problem of evil, ethical reasoning, abortion, euthanasia, world hunger, democracy, capital punishment, affirmative action, and the meaning of life. The readings are enhanced by concise introductions, explanatory notes, and suggestions for further reading. Featuring twenty-two new selections, the third edition has been expanded to include a separate section on free will containing articles by A.J. Ayer, Steven M. Cahn, Harry Frankfurt, Thomas Nagel, and Richard Taylor. It offers two sections on morality--Moral Theory and Moral Problems--with new selections by John Arthur, Virginia Held, Don Marquis, Bernard Mayo, Peter Singer, Judith Jarvis Thomson, and Christine Vitrano. This edition also adds historical sources by St. Anselm, William James, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, as well as contemporary essays by A.J. Ayer, Steven M. Cahn, Nicholas Everitt, Edmund L. Gettier, Carl G. Hempel, Alan Turing, and Ernest van den Haag.
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Is Philosophy?
Historical Source: Defence of Socrates
Reasoning
The Scope of Logic
Improving Your Thinking
Fixing Belief
Scientific Inquiry
Science and Common Sense
Knowledge
Appearance and Reality
What Can I Know?
Knowledge and Belief
The Problem of Induction
Will the Future Be Like the Past?
What Is Knowledge?
Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
Historical Sources
Meditations on First Philosophy
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Mind
The Ghost in the Machine
The Mind as a Function of the Body
What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
Computing Machinery and Intelligence
Do Computers Think?
Historical Source: Meditations on First Philosophy
Free Will
Free Will
Freedom and Determinism
Freedom and Necessity
Freedom or Determinism?
Alternative Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
Historical Source: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
God
Does God Exist?
Why God Allows Evil
Theology and Falsification
Do Miracles Occur?
Pascal's Wager
The Hiddenness of God
God and Modern Science
God and Morality
Historical Sources: Proslogion
Summa Theologiae
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
The Will to Believe
Moral Theory
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism
How Not to Answer Moral Questions
The Nature of Ethical Disagreement
A Supreme Moral Principle?
Happiness and Morality
Virtue Ethics
The Ethics of Care
Historical Sources: Nicomachean Ethics
Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals
Utilitarianism
Moral Problems
A Defense of Abortion
Why Abortion Is Immoral
Active and Passive Euthanasia
Active and Passive Euthanasia: A Reply
Famine, Affluence, and Morality
World Hunger and Moral Obligation: The Case Against Singer
Society
Democracy
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands
The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense
Capital Punishment
Two Concepts of Affirmative Action
Are Quotas Sometimes Justified?
What Is a Liberal Education?
Historical Sources: Crito
On Liberty
The Solitude of Self
Conclusion
The Meaning of Life
The Value of Philosophy
Historical Source: Phaedo
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index