9780534626136

Cengage Advantage Books: Philosophy A Text with Readings (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534626136

  • ISBN10:

    0534626130

  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/19/2004
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

Offering students an accessible, engaging complete introduction to philosophy, Velasquez combines clear prose and primary sources to provide a meaningful exploration of philosophy that relates to students' self-discovery. Covering a wide range of topics, such as human nature, feminist theory, diversity, and aesthetics, this text is organized to encourage critical thinking and studying through questions and readings that always connect philosophy back to students' personal experiences. Now a part of Wadsworth's new Advantage Series and issued for the first time in a paperback format at a reduced price, PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS also comes with an outstanding teaching and learning package that includes: WebTutor ToolBox--a resource that helps you manage your course online, The Examined Life Telecourse--a perfect solution for distance learning, and InfoTrac College Edition--an online library. Plus, there are a wide variety of videos to choose from to help launch lectures and spark class discussion.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Nature of Philosophy
Introduction: What is Philosophy?
The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy
An Example of Philosophy: Socrates
The Value of Philosophy
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: the First Philosophers
Readings
Appendix: A Look at Logic
Suggestions for Further Reading
Human Nature
Introduction: Why Study Human Nature?
What is Human Nature?
How Do Mind and Body Relate?
Is The re an Enduring Self?
Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle and Confucius
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Metaphysics
Reality and Being
Introduction: What is Real?
Reality: Material or Nonmaterial?
Reality in Pragmatism
Reality and Logical Positivism
Antirealism: the New Idealists
Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism
Is Freedom Real? is Time Real?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Philosophy and God
Introduction: What is Religion?
Does God Exist? Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil
Traditional Religious Belief and Experience
Nontraditional Religious Experience
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Epistemelogy
The Sources of Knowledge
Introduction: 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?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Hume
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Truth
Introduction: Belief, Knowledge and Truth
What is Truth?
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Can Interpretations Be True?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Kant
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Values
Ethics
Introduction: 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
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Social Philosophy
Introduction: What is Social Philosophy?
What Justifies the State?
What is Justice? Law and Civil Disobedience
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls
Readings
Suggestions for Further Reading
Postscript: Art and Meaning
Introduction
What is Art?
Does Life Have Meaning?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Art Acknowledgments
Glossary
Appendix
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