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Engaging and compelling on every page, Velasquez’s text is a fascinating exploration of philosophy that helps readers appreciate how the subject is relevant to day-to-day life and our larger social world. This trusted book combines clear prose and primary source readings to take readers on a meaningful exploration of a range of philosophical topics, such as human nature, reality, truth, ethics, the meaning of life, diversity, and social/political philosophy.
Philosophy: A Text With Readings, Eleventh Edition, is the popular text/reader that combines clear, lively prose and nontechnical primary sources to provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction to philosophy. Manuel Velasquez masterfully relates the subject to your students’ own self understanding and illustrates how philosophy is relevant to their personal lives as well as to our larger social world.
Philosophy: A Text With Readings, Eleventh Edition, covers a wide range of topics—such as human nature, reality, truth, ethics, the meaning of life, diversity, and social/political philosophy—and is organized to encourage critical thinking and studying through questions and readings that consistently connect philosophy back to students’ personal experiences.
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Table of Contents
|The Nature Of Philosophy|
|What Is Philosophy?|
|The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy|
|A Philosopher in Action: Socrates|
|The Value of Philosophy|
|Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers|
|Why Study Human Nature?|
|What Is Human Nature?|
|The Mind-Body Problem: How Do Mind and Body Relate?|
|Is There an Enduring Self?|
|Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals?|
|Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius|
|Reality And Being|
|What Is Real?|
|Reality: Material or Nonmaterial?|
|Reality in Pragmatism|
|Reality and Logical Positivism|
|Antirealism: The Heir of Pragmatism and Idealism|
|Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism|
|Is Freedom Real?|
|Is Time Real?|
|Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley|
|Philosophy And God|
|The Significance of Religion|
|Does God Exist?|
|Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil|
|Traditional Religious Belief and Experience|
|Nontraditional Religious Experience|
|Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway|
|The Sources Of Knowledge|
|Why Is Knowledge a Problem?|
|Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge?|
|Can the Senses Account for All Our Knowledge?|
|Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World?|
|Does Science Give Us Knowledge?|
|Historical Showcase: Hume|
|Knowledge, Truth, and Justification|
|What Is Truth?|
|Does Science Give Us Truth?|
|Can Interpretations Be True?|
|Historical Showcase: Kant|
|What Is Ethics?|
|Is Ethics Relative?|
|Do Consequences Make an Action Right?|
|Do Rules Define Morality?|
|Is Ethics Based on Character?|
|Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries?|
|Ethics and Moral Responsibility|
|Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft|
|Social And Political Philosophy|
|What Is Social and Political Philosophy?|
|What Justifies the State?|
|What is Justice?|
|Limits on the State|
|Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls|
|Postscript: The Meaning Of Life|
|Does Life Have Meaning?|
|The Theistic Response to Meaning|
|Meaning and Human Progress|
|The Nihilist Rejection of Meaning|
|Meaning as a Self-Chosen Commitment|
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