9780830827664

Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult

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  • ISBN13:

    9780830827664

  • ISBN10:

    0830827668

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/30/2005
  • Publisher: Ivp Academic

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Summary

From time to time we all face life's big questions . . .What is real?How do we know what we know?What is right?Who or what am I?How should we view science and its claims?And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking,Perhaps what I need is a good dose of philosophy. It's a shame philosophy is so difficult.Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland understand this frustration and in this book offer help to make philosophy at least slightly less difficult. In straightforward language with everyday examples, they explain the basics needed to understand philosophical concepts and thus bring clarity to discussions of life's big questions.Students, pastors, campus workers and ordinary Christians will all benefit from this user-friendly guide.

Author Biography

Garrett J. DeWeese (Ph.D., Universty of Colorado; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is associate professor of philosophy and director of the Th.M. emphasis in philosophical and moral theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California J. P. Moreland (Ph.D., University of Southern California; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seiminary) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California, and director of Eidos Christian Center

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7(2)
Where Do I Start?
9(18)
Logic
11(12)
Method
23(1)
Philosophy and Theology
24(3)
What Is Real? Metaphysics
27(26)
Getting Started
28(1)
The Problem of Universals
29(10)
Identity
39(2)
Substances, Essences and Natures
41(7)
Modality: The Necessary, the Possible and the Actual
48(5)
How Do I Know? Epistemology
53(26)
Kinds of Knowledge
54(2)
What Is Knowledge?
56(18)
The Problem of Skepticism
74(3)
Concluding Applications
77(2)
How Should I Live? Ethics
79(26)
Metaethics
81(9)
Normative Ethics
90(12)
Why Be Moral?
102(3)
What Am I? Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
105(26)
Philosophy of Mind
105(2)
Consciousness and Property Dualism
107(5)
The Self and Substance Dualism
112(5)
Objections to Dualism
117(3)
A Critique of Physicalist Alternatives to Dualism
120(3)
Freedom and Determinism
123(5)
Theological Implications of the Free Will Debate
128(3)
How Should Christians Think About Science? Philosophy of Science
131(24)
Where Do We Go for Help?
133(1)
She Blinded Me with Science (Scientism)
134(4)
Theistic Science and Methodological Naturalism
138(11)
The Realism/Antirealism Debate
149(2)
Models for Integrating Science and Theology
151(4)
Where Do I Go from Here? Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
155(6)
Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
155(1)
Saving the Soul and Saving the Mind
156(5)
For Further Reading 161(4)
Notes 165(4)
Subject Index 169(2)
Scripture Index 171

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