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John Chaffee, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York, where he has developed and directs a Philosophy and Critical Thinking program that annually involves 30 faculty and 4,500 students. He is a nationally recognized figure in the area of Critical Thinking, having authored leading textbooks like Thinking Critically, as well as many professional articles. In developing programs to teach people to think more effectively in all academic subjects and areas of life, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He has been selected as New York Educator of the Year and received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Diversity in Teaching in Higher Education.
Table of Contents
1. What Is Philosophy? Thinking Philosophically About Life 2. What Is the Philosopher’s Way? Socrates and the Examined Life 3. Who Are You? Consciousness, Identity, and the Self 4. Are You Free? Freedom and Determinism 5. How Can We Know the Nature of Reality? Philosophical Foundations 6. What Is Real? What Is True? Further Explorations 7. Is There a Spiritual Reality? Exploring the Philosophy of Religion 8. Are There Moral Truths? Thinking About Ethics 9. What Are Right Actions? Constructing an Ethical Theory 10. What Is Social Justice? Creating a Just State