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Philosophy : An Introduction to the Art of Wondering

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9780534512507

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Pub. Date:
5/11/2005
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Summary

Whether it's cartoons, quotations, or interesting anecdotes from related fields, you've never seen a more interesting philosophy textbook than this one. PHILOSOPHY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF WONDERING explains the central concepts of philosophy in ways you can understand by showing how it's all connected. And best of all, this philosophy textbook helps you develop the analytical skills you need to critically engage the "big picture" of Western philosophy for yourself.

Table of Contents

Prelude v
Credit, Blame, and Acknowledgments vii
What Do You Mean, Philosophy?? xix
Part One The Fine Art of Wondering
1(74)
The World-Riddle
3(19)
Just in Case...
3(1)
The Human Condition
4(3)
The Search for Meaning
7(3)
Why-Questions
10(1)
The World-Riddle
11(9)
Marcus Aurelius: Philosopher-King
16(4)
Reflections
20(2)
The Spirit of Inquiry
22(13)
The Love of Wisdom
22(1)
The Greek Miracle
23(1)
Freedom to Wonder and to Ask Questions
24(1)
A Western Dilemma
25(1)
Belief, Doubt, Critical Thinking, and Faith
26(8)
Socrates: The Wisest Man Alive
30(4)
Reflections
34(1)
Critical Analysis
35(21)
The Philosophic Mind
36(1)
Critical Skills
37(6)
Brief Skirmishes/Examples of Critical Thinking
43(6)
A Special Kind of Listening
49(5)
Plato: The First Educator
51(3)
Reflections
54(2)
Synoptic Synthesis
56(19)
And He Wants to Understand It
56(1)
Life on a Picture-Puzzle
57(1)
The Annihilation of Boundaries
58(2)
How to Do Synoptic Philosophy
60(3)
The Synoptic Venture: Risks and Rewards
63(3)
``I Can Float Over the Orchard as in a Balloon''
66(6)
Aristotle: The First Scientific Worldview
68(4)
Reflections
72(3)
Part Two The Condition and the Odyssey
75(80)
Predicament
77(14)
The Coherent Worldview
77(1)
The Egocentric Predicament
78(3)
Aristocentric Claims
81(2)
Egocentric Illusions in Time and Space
83(6)
Albert Camus: Man and the Absurd
87(2)
Reflections
89(2)
Self
91(18)
How Much of Me Is Me?
91(2)
A Sense of Self
93(1)
A Sense of Worth
94(3)
The Autonomous Self
97(10)
Ayn Rand: The Productive Life
102(5)
Reflections
107(2)
Growth
109(20)
When Things Go Wrong
109(3)
The Masks We Wear
112(2)
I Will Not Stop Till I Know
114(1)
Growth and Insecurity
115(1)
The Answer-Givers
116(2)
Crisis of Authority
118(2)
Developing Self-Awareness
120(1)
The Law of Pathei Mathos
121(7)
Sigmund Freud: Our Humanity Is Blocked by Our Pain
124(4)
Reflections
128(1)
Lifetime
129(26)
All the World's a Stage...
129(1)
Mapping a Lifetime
130(1)
The Ground Plan
131(1)
Infancy to Childhood
131(3)
The Adolescent Years
134(2)
The Maturing Years
136(10)
The Shriek of Ivan Ilytch
146(7)
Voltaire: The Laughing Philosopher
149(4)
Reflections
153(2)
Part Three The Real World: Knowing and Unknowing
155(58)
Knowledge
157(12)
Epistemic Awareness
157(1)
The Senses: Empirical Knowledge
158(2)
Knowledge from Others
160(1)
Reason: Using Known Facts
161(1)
Intuition: Knowledge from the Depths
162(5)
John Locke: Reality and Appearance
164(3)
Reflections
167(2)
Senses
169(17)
We Never See the Real World
169(2)
The Mind Manufactures Experience
171(2)
Our Senses Deceive
173(2)
Sensory Limitations and Reality
175(2)
Epistemic Loneliness
177(1)
The Pragmatic Nature of Knowing
177(7)
George Berkeley: The Irish Immaterialist
180(4)
Reflections
184(2)
Mind
186(14)
The Pragmatic Thinker
186(1)
Why We Think in Abstractions
186(2)
Classifying and Labeling
188(4)
Our Mental Grids
192(7)
Henri Bergson: What It Means to Be a Hummingbird
195(4)
Reflections
199(1)
Truth
200(13)
Truth-Tests
200(1)
The Correspondence Test
200(1)
The Coherence Test
201(1)
The Pragmatic Test
202(2)
The Pragmatic Paradox
204(6)
William James: ``Truth Happens to an Idea''
207(3)
Reflections
210(3)
Part Four The Inner World: The Fantastic Journey
213(68)
Psyche
215(14)
The Exploration of Inner Space
215(4)
Huxley's Deep Reflection
219(1)
Mystical Unity
220(1)
Zen Satori
221(1)
Religious Ecstasy
221(1)
The Fantastic Journey
222(6)
The Buddha: One Who Awakened
224(4)
Reflections
228(1)
Time
229(21)
A Philosophy of Time
229(1)
Clock Time
230(1)
Psychological Time
230(2)
Real Time
232(1)
Saint Augustine: God's Time and Ours
233(1)
Newton: Absolute Time
233(1)
Time Past
234(1)
Time Future
234(2)
Time Present
236(2)
Time and Personal Existence
238(11)
Immanuel Kant: The Starry Heavens and the Moral Law
243(6)
Reflections
249(1)
Freedom
250(14)
The Feeling of Freedom
250(1)
The Dilemma of Determinism
251(1)
The Case for Determinism
252(3)
The Case for Freedom of Choice
255(7)
Jean-Paul Sartre: Apostle of Freedom
259(3)
Reflections
262(2)
Symbols
264(17)
The Functions of Language
264(1)
The Many Roles of Language
265(2)
Communications Analysis
267(4)
Definitions and Contexts
271(8)
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Dissolving the Riddles of Life
273(6)
Reflections
279(2)
Part Five Delicate Coexistence: The Human Love/Hate Condition
281(86)
History
283(27)
Theater of the Absurd
283(2)
The Meaning of History
285(7)
Toynbee's Organismic Interpretation of History
292(3)
The Plight of Western Civilization
295(2)
The Roots of Violence
297(3)
Can We Learn from History?
300(8)
G. W. F. Hegel: ``Reason Is the Substance of the Universe''
304(4)
Reflections
308(2)
Laws/Conscience
310(15)
Conflicting Loyalties
310(2)
Good Laws and Bad Laws
312(1)
Loyalty to Higher Authority
313(2)
Obedience to the Rule of Law
315(1)
The Personal Dilemma
316(8)
Henry David Thoreau: ``I Will Breathe After My Own Fashion''
320(4)
Reflections
324(1)
Lifestyles
325(16)
The Bonds of Culture
325(1)
Prisoners
326(2)
Alternatives to Remaining Prisoners
328(1)
Cultural Relativity
329(1)
Personal Alienation
330(5)
``I Learned This, at Least...''
335(4)
Diogenes the Cynic: The Hound-Dog Philosopher
336(3)
Reflections
339(2)
Ethics
341(26)
Sin and/or Virtue
341(1)
Debatable and Nondebatable Value Judgments
341(3)
The Morality of Ethics/The Ethics of Morality
344(3)
Three Ethical Questions
347(1)
Who Really Makes Decisions?
348(1)
What Makes a Decision Right or Wrong?
349(4)
Whom (and What) Should I Care About?
353(11)
The Dalai Lama: Courage and Compassion in the Modern World
360(4)
Reflections
364(3)
Part Six The Protoplasmic Venture
367(88)
Life
369(21)
Four Great Etiological Questions
369(1)
Biochemical Evolution
370(3)
The Beginning of Life on Earth
373(1)
Earth's Life-Forms: An Inventory
374(1)
Biogenetic Theories
374(1)
Can ``Life'' Be Defined?
375(1)
Evolution as a Field Theory
376(2)
Philosophic Implications
378(1)
Philosophic Problems
379(10)
Charles Darwin: The Grandest Synthesis
385(4)
Reflections
389(1)
Humans
390(19)
The Sculptor-Gods
390(2)
The Story of Human Origins
392(5)
Still Trying to Define ``Human''
397(3)
The Killer-Ape Theory
400(2)
The Immense Journey
402(5)
Søren Kierkegaard: ``That Individual''
404(3)
Reflections
407(2)
Earth
409(19)
Our Place in the Scheme of Things
409(2)
An Ecospheric Ethic
411(6)
Coexistence---In Life and Death
417(5)
``No Man Is an Iland''
422(5)
Albert Schweitzer: Reverence for Life
423(4)
Reflections
427(1)
Future
428(27)
The Theoretical Life
428(1)
Research into the Future
429(3)
The Futurists and the Future
432(3)
A New Kind of Realism
435(5)
A Special Kind of Hope
440(4)
Many Futures: A Common Vision
444(9)
Friedrich Nietzsche: The Glory of Becoming Human
446(7)
Reflections
453(2)
Part Seven Microcosm/Macrocosm/Cosmos
455(74)
Knowledge of Nature
457(17)
May 28, 585 BC
457(1)
Empirical Knowledge
457(2)
A Priori Knowledge
459(1)
Other Ways of Knowing?
460(1)
Realities beyond Appearances
461(1)
This World---What Is It?
462(3)
The Dematerialization of Matter
465(1)
What Is the Origin of Matter?
466(6)
Pythagoras: The Universe Is Made of Numbers
468(4)
Reflections
472(2)
Space/Time/Motion
474(21)
What Physics Is and Isn't
474(3)
Classical Physics
477(1)
Relativity Physics
478(7)
Quantum Mechanics
485(8)
Albert Einstein: The Second Scientific Revolution
489(4)
Reflections
493(2)
Cosmos
495(20)
Ancient Cosmologies
495(2)
Today's Universe
497(1)
The Expanding Universe
498(4)
The Story of the Universe
502(4)
There Are Still Mysteries
506(1)
What Does It All Mean (If Anything)?
507(7)
Galileo Galilei: ``The Noblest Eye Is Darkened''
510(4)
Reflections
514(1)
Biocosmos
515(14)
We Are Not Alone
515(2)
A Cosmic Context for Mankind
517(1)
Our Expanding Consciousness
518(1)
Consequences
519(2)
The Human Preserve
521(6)
Carl Sagan: The Encyclopaedia Galactica
524(3)
Reflections
527(2)
Part Eight Of Ultimate Concern
529(80)
Of Ultimate Concern
531(25)
Greek Tragedy
531(1)
Transformation
532(6)
The Role of Myth
538(3)
The Anthropomorphic Spirits
541(1)
Spirit Possession
542(1)
Teleocosmic Dramas
543(1)
Apocalyptic Dramas
543(3)
The Eschaton---End of Drama
546(1)
All Religion Is One
547(7)
Joseph Campbell: The Hero with a Thousand Faces
550(4)
Reflections
554(2)
Ultimate Reality
556(15)
Ultimate Questions
556(1)
The Problem of Divine Knowledge
557(3)
Arguments for the Existence of God
560(2)
The Death(s) of God(s)
562(8)
Thomas Merton: The Other Side of Kanchenjunga
566(4)
Reflections
570(1)
Death/Immortality
571(22)
All Graves Are Wrong
571(2)
Death Is a Nonexperience
573(2)
Fear of Nonbeing
575(4)
The Denial of Death
579(1)
Arguments for Immortality
580(2)
Arguments Against Immortality
582(1)
The Future of Death
583(7)
Omar Khayyam: ``One Thing at Least Is Certain---This Life Flies''
586(4)
The Last Rite of Passage
590(1)
Reflections
591(2)
Meaning/Existence
593(16)
The Knowledge That Hurts Most
593(1)
What Did I Want?
594(1)
Existence and the Real: Persistent Confusion
595(2)
Trivialities
597(1)
Work, Work ... to Kill the Flowers
598(3)
The World-Riddle
601(7)
Nikos Kazantzakis: ``I Know Not If I Shall Ever Anchor''
603(5)
Reflections
608(1)
Postlude 609(2)
Glossary 611(7)
Credits 618(5)
Index to Marginal Quotations 623(3)
Name/Subject Index 626


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