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Philosophy A Text with Readings

ISBN-10: 0534561950

ISBN-13: 9780534561956

Edition: 8th 2002

Authors: Manuel Velasquez

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Combining clear, accessible prose and many primary sources, Velasquez provides a complete introduction to philosophy in an engaging and meaningful way. The text brings attention to topics not always covered in other texts, including human nature, feminist theory, continental philosophy, diversity, and aesthetics. The chapter organization encourages critical thinking and studying in amounts students can master while examples and questions help connect philosophy to their personal experiences. In addition to the chapter-end readings, which permit students to work with primary source material, "Historical Showcases" readings put development of ideas into context for a "big picture" view.
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Book details

List price: $90.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 10/5/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 676
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.01" long x 1.08" tall
Weight: 2.904
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Nature of Philosophy
Introduction: What is Philosophy?
The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy
An Example of Philosophy: Socrates
The Value of Philosophy
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: the First Philosophers
Readings
Appendix: A Look at Logic
Suggestions for Further Reading
Human Nature
Introduction: Why Study Human Nature?
What is Human Nature?
How Do Mind and Body Relate?
Is The re an Enduring Self?
Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle and Confucius
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Metaphysics
Reality and Being
Introduction: What is Real?
Reality: Material or Nonmaterial?
Reality in Pragmatism
Reality and Logical Positivism
Antirealism: the New Idealists
Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism
Is Freedom Real? is Time Real?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Philosophy and God
Introduction: What is Religion?
Does God Exist? Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil
Traditional Religious Belief and Experience
Nontraditional Religious Experience
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Epistemelogy
The Sources of Knowledge
Introduction: Why is Knowledge a Problem?
Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge?
Can the Senses Account for all Our Knowledge?
Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World?
Does Science Give Us Knowledge?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Hume
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Truth
Introduction: Belief, Knowledge and Truth
What is Truth?
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Can Interpretations Be True?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Kant
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Values
Ethics
Introduction: What is Ethics?
Is Ethics Relative?
Do Consequences Make an Action Right?
Do Rules Define Morality?
Is Ethics Based on Character?
Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries?
Ethics and Moral Responsibility
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Social Philosophy
Introduction: What is Social Philosophy?
What Justifies the State?
What is Justice? Law and Civil Disobedience
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Postscript: Art and Meaning
Introduction
What is Art?
Does Life Have Meaning?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Art Acknowledgments
Glossary
Appendix
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