9780073535753

Does the Center Hold?: An Introduction to Western Philosophy

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    9780073535753

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/27/2010
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Does the Center Hold?is an entertaining, topically-organized introductory text with more than 500 original illustrations. The ideas and issues typically covered in introductory courses are presented here in a remarkably accessible and enjoyable manner. The author demonstrates that serious philosophical inquiry may be perplexing but is ultimately enlightening and liberating.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
What Are We Doing in This Class?
Is Philosophy Possible?
The Origins of Philosophy
Contemporary Branches of Philosophy
The Philosophy of Socrates
Conclusion
Truth Is Beauty, Beauty Is Truth
Rationalist Epistemology
The Philosophy of Plato
Rene Descartes' Rationalism
What You See Is What You Get
Empiricist Epistemology
The Empiricism of John Locke
Hume's Radicalization of Berkeley's Empiricism
Logical Positivism: The Further Radicalization
of Empiricism
Kant's Compromise
Conclusion: Getting Up-to-Date
Who's on First, What's on Second?
Ontology
Dualism
Materialistic Monism
Pluralism
Conclusion
Mount Olympus, Mount Moriah, and Other Godly Places
Philosophy of Religion
Theism
Atheism
Volitional Justifications of Religious Belief
Religious Mysticism
Religious Existentialism
Conclusion
The Largest Airline in the Free World
Philosophy of Freedom
Determinism: Ancient Greek and Enlightenment Views
Hard Determinism: Modern Views
The Attack on Free Will
Soft Determinism (a.k.a. Compatibilism)
Indeterminism
Conclusion
Thou Shalt Become Perfected
Ethics
Ancient Greek Moral Philosophers
Egoism
Kantianism Today?
Conclusion
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Critiques of Traditional Ethical Theories
Existentialism
Hume and the Naturalistic Fallacy
Logical Positivism
Cultural Relativism
Ethics and Feminism
Ethics and Deep Ecology
Conclusion
Let Them Eat Cake
Political and Social Philosophy
Political Philosophy
Social Philosophy
Conclusion
But Is It Art?
Philosophy of Art
Analytic Philosophy of Art
Wittgenstein
Plato, Freud, and Art
Aristotle and Art
Marx and Art
Existentialism and Art
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Credits
Index
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