Does the Center Hold? : An Introduction to Western Philosophy

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-07-27
  • 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

1. What Are We Doing in This Class?

Is Philosophy Possible? / The Origins of Philosophy / Contemporary Branches of Philosophy / The Philosophy of Socrates

2. Truth Is Beauty, Beauty Is Truth

Rationalist Epistemology / The Philosophy of Plato / René Descartes’ Rationalism /

3. What You See Is What You Get

Empiricist Epistemology / Aristotle as a Precursor to Empiricism / The Empiricism of John Locke / Berkeley’s Correction of Locke / Hume’s Radicalization of Berkeley’s Empiricism / Kant’s Compromise / Conclusion

4. Who’s on First, What’s on Second?

Ontology / Dualism / Materialistic Monism / Pluralism / Conclusion

5. Mount Olympus, Mount Moriah, and Other Godly Places

Philosophy of Religion / Theism / Atheism / Volitional Justifications of Religious Belief / Religious Mysticism / Religious Existentialism / Conclusion

6. The Largest Airline in the Free World

Philosophy of Freedom / Determinism: Ancient Greek and Enlightenment Views / Hard Determinism: Modern Views / Soft Determinism / Indeterminism / Conclusion

7. Thou Shalt Become Perfected

Ethics / Ancient Greek Moral Philosophers / Egoism / Hedonism / Utilitarianism / Duty-Oriented Morality / Conclusion

8. 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

9. Let Them Eat Cake

Political and Social Philosophy / Political Philosophy / Social Philosophy / Conclusion

10. But Is It Art?

Philosophy of Art / Plato and Freud / Aristotle / The Interlude between Aristotle and the Nineteenth Century / Marx / Marcuse / Existentialism / Wittgenstein / Conclusion





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