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Praised for its unique combination of accessibility and comprehensiveness, Philosophy: The Quest for Truth is one of the best-selling textbooks for the introduction to philosophy course. Now in its seventh edition, this acclaimed text provides an excellent selection of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen key problems in philosophy. Louis P. Pojman and new coeditor Lewis Vaughn have carefully organized the essays in each section so that they present pro/con dialogues that allow students to compare and contrast the philosophers' positions. Topics covered include the nature of philosophy, logic, the existence of God, immortality, knowledge, the mind-body question, personal identity, free will and determinism, ethics, political philosophy, the meaning of life, abortion, capital punishment, animal rights, and affirmative action. Pojman and Vaughn provide substantial introductions to each major section. In addition, each of the eighty-four readings is accompanied by study questions, end-of-reading reflective questions, and an individual introduction featuring a biographical sketch of the philosopher. Short bibliographies following each major section, a detailed glossary of key terms, and an appendix--on reading and writing philosophy papers--further enhance the text's pedagogical value. FEATURES OF THE SEVENTH EDITION * Eleven new readings including selections by David Chalmers, Roderick M. Chisholm, Jerry A. Fodor, David Hume, Soren Kierkegaard, Don Marquis, Michael Martin, James Rachels, Bertrand Russell, Harvey Siegel, and Judith Jarvis Thomson * An expanded and improved discussion of logic and arguments (in Part I) * Updated headnotes and bibliographies * An Instructor's Manual that provides a concise summary of each reading; a bank of 672 test questions (multiple-choice and true/false); a set of essay questions for each reading; a list of key terms; sample syllabi/course schedules; and useful web links * An Online Student Study Guide containing more than three hundred study questions; flashcards for all key terms; two essay questions for each reading; and a list of helpful web links categorized by philosophical problem
Table of Contents
|New to this edition|
|Each Part opens with an Introduction and ends with Suggestions for Further Reading|
|What Is Philosophy?|
|Of Enthusiasm and the Quest for Truth|
|The Value of Philosophy|
|Excursus: A Little Bit of Logic|
|Deductive and Inductive Reasoning|
|Inference to the Best Explanation|
|Fallacies of Reasoning|
|Exercises in Critical Reasoning|
|Questions for Discussion|
|Philosophy Of Religion|
|Is Belief in God Rationally Justified?|
|Arguments for the Existence of God|
|The Cosmological Argument Pro|
|The Five Ways|
|The Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Anthropic Principle|
|A Critique of the Cosmological Argument|
|The Teleological Argument Pro|
|The Watch and the Watchmaker Contra|
|A Critique of the Teleological Argument|
|The Ontological Argument|
|Pro et Contra|
|The Ontological Argument|
|An Analysis of the Ontological Argument|
|Why Is There Evil?|
|Why Is There Evil?|
|Why Doesn't God Intervene to Prevent Evil?|
|There Is a Reason Why God Allows Evil|
|Is Faith Compatible with Reason?|
|Yes, Faith Is a Logical Bet|
|The Ethics of Belief|
|The Will to Believe|
|A Debate on the Rationality of Religious Belief|
|Religious Belief Without Evidence|
|Faith and Truth|
|Holy Spirit Epistemology|
|Can Religion Cure Our Troubles?|
|What Can We Know?|
|Classical Theories of Knowledge|
|Cartesian Doubt and the Search for Foundational Knowledge|
|The Empiricist Theory of Knowledge|
|An Idealist Theory of Knowledge|
|The Origin of Our Ideas and Skepticism about Causal Reasoning|
|An Argument Against Skepticism|
|Truth, Rationality, and Cognitive Relativism|
|The Correspondence Theory of Truth|
|The Pragmatic Theory of Truth|
|Dismantling Truth: Solidarity versus Objectivity|
|Postmodernism and Truth|
|Philosophy Of Mind: The Mind-Body Problem|
|What Am I? A Mind or a Body?|
|Exorcising Descartes' "Ghost in the Machine"|
|A Contemporary Defense of Dualism|
|On Functionalism and Materialism|
|What Is It Like to Be a Bat?|
|The Mind-Body Problem|
|Minds, Brains, and Computers|
|Who Am I? Do We Have Personal Identity?|
|Our Psychological Properties Define the Self|
|We Have No Substantial Self with Which We Are Identical|
|Brain Transplants and Personal Identity: A Dialogue|
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