9780195335422

The Elements of Philosophy Readings from Past and Present

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    9780195335422

  • ISBN10:

    0195335422

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/26/2007
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This book is a comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary readings across the major fields of philosophy. With depth and quality, this introductory anthology offers a selection of readings that is both extensive and expansive; the readings span twenty-five centuries. With depthand quality, this introductory anthology offers a selection of readings that is both extensive and expansive; the readings span centuries. From two thousand five-hundred years ago to just a few years ago, the selections include whole works or excerpts from such classic thinkers as Plato, Aristotle,Blaise Pascal, John Locke, and John Stuart Mill and such contemporary thinkers as Noam Chomsky, Thomas Nagel, Robert Nozick, Derek Parfit, and Hilary Putnam. The selections are organized topically into five parts: Religion and Belief, Moral and Political Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology,Philosophy of Mind and Language, and Life and Death. The product of the collaboration of three highly respected scholars in their fields - Tamar Szabo Gendler, Susanna Siegel, and Steven M. Cahn - The Elements of Philosophy also includes introductions from the editors, explanatory footnotes, and aglossary.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
About the Editors
Note to the Reader
Note to the Instructor
Introduction
"What is Philosophy?"
""The Elements of Logic""
I. Religion and Belief
Introduction A. Traditional Arguments for and Against the Existence of God
The Ontological Argument--and Replies
""The Ontological Argument""Gaunilo
""In Behalf of the Fool""
""Is Existence a Predicate?""
""Why the Ontological Argument Fails"
"The Cosmological Argument, the Argument from
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