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Philosophy The Big Questions

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ISBN-10: 1405108274

ISBN-13: 9781405108270

Edition: 2004

Authors: James P. Sterba, Charles W. Mills, Ruth J. Sample, Charles Mills

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This anthology includes both classic readings in philosophy and newer articles that have only recently broached the philosophical canon. The text is organized around central problems in philosophy and the diverse approaches that philosophers have taken toward those problems.
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Book details

List price: $64.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, James P. Sterba has gone on to publish (either as author or editor) many notable books, textbooks, and scholarly articles in the fields of ethics and social and political philosophy. He currently teaches at the University of Notre Dame.

Preface
Acknowledgments
What Can We Know?
Introduction
From Meditations on First Philosophy
From An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Cartesian Skepticism and Inference to the Best Explanation
From Science as Social Knowledge
The 'Maleness' of Reason
The Ethics of Belief
It is Wrong, Everywhere, Always, and for Anyone, to Believe Anything upon Insufficient Evidence
Epistemology: Suggestions for Further Reading
What Can We Know About the Nature and Existence of God?
Introduction
From Prosologium
In Behalf of the Fool: An Answer to the Argument of Anselm in the Proslogium
The Ontological Argument
The Cosmological Argument
From Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
The Argument from Design
The Wager
The Recombinant DNA Debate: A Difficulty for Pascalian-Style Wagering
A Central Theistic Argument
Evil and Omnipotence
The Problem of Evil
Male-Chauvinist Religion
Divine Racism: A Philosophical and Theological Analysis
Religion: Suggestions for Further Reading
Are We Ever Free?
Introduction
From The System of Nature
Freedom and Necessity
Human Freedom and the Self
Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
How to Complete the Compatibilist Account of Free Action
Living without Free Will: The Case for Hard Incompatibilism
Metaethics, Metaphilosophy, and Free Will Subjectivism
Freedom and Determinism: Suggestions for Further Reading
Does Our Existence Have a Meaning or Purpose?
Introduction
From My Confession
The Absurdity of Life without God
On the Vanity of Existence
An Absurd Reasoning
Existentialism Is a Humanism
The Absurd
What Makes Life Worth Living?
The Meaning of Life
Tolstoi and the Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life: Suggestions for Further Reading
How Should We Live?
Introduction
Morality as Good in Itself
The Problem of Rationality: Is Morality Rationally Required?
From Utilitarianism
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals
From Two Treatises of Government
From A Theory of Justice
Distributive Justice
Gender Inequality and Cultural Difference
Race/Gender and the Ethics of Difference
A Response to Jane Flax
Equality, Discrimination and Preferential Treatment
All Animals Are Equal ...
The Ethics of Respect for Nature
Ethics: Suggestions for Further Reading
Index