Philosophy for the 21st Century A Comprehensive Reader

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  • Copyright: 2002-11-21
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Philosophy for the 21st Century is the most comprehensive and challengingtopically organized introductory anthology available. It covers all the majorareas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy ofreligion, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, political philosophy,philosophy of science, and aesthetics. A unique collection, it features classicand contemporary selections chosen by a team of young associate editors. Thesescholars--Delia Graff, Robin Jeshion, L. A. Paul, Jesse Prinz, Stuart Rachels,Gabriela Sakamoto, David Sosa, and Cynthia A. Stark--are at the forefront of21st-century philosophy. Each section of the book has been carefully structuredin order to maximize continuity among the readings. The volume includessubstantial readings from such leading contemporary philosophers as David Lewis,Robert Nozick, Thomas Nagel, Derek Parfit, and Sydney Shoemaker. An introductoryessay by Simon Blackburn presents elements of symbolic logic that help studentsbetter comprehend technical passages in the book.

Table of Contents

About the Editors
What Is Philosophy?
The Elements of Logic
Philosophy of Religion
The Ontological Argument
In Behalf of the Fool
Critique of the Ontological Argument
Is Existence a Predicate?
Why the Ontological Argument Fails
Five Ways to Prove the Existence of God
The Cosmological Argument
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Why God Allows Evil
The Moriarty Hypothesis
The Will to Believe
William James and the Will to Believe
The Hiddenness of God
Meditations on First Philosophy
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous
Proof of an External World
On Certainty
The Problem of the Criterion
Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
Discrimination and Perceptual Knowledge
Knowledge and Scepticism
The Raft and the Pyramid: Coherence Versus Foundations in the Theory of Knowledge
Elusive Knowledge
Epistemology Naturalized
What Is "Naturalized Epistemology"?
Philosophy of Science
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
The Traditional Problem of Induction
The Inference to the Best Explanation
The Experimental Method
Aspects of Scientific Explanation
The Truth Doesn't Explain Much
The New Riddle of Induction
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Realism and the Theory-Dependence of Experimental Design
On the Relations of Universals and Particulars
The Doctrine of Arbitrary Undetached Parts
Many, but Almost One
Of Identity and Diversity
Personal Identity and Memory
Personal Identity
Of Motion
Achilles and the Tortoise
Of the Idea of Necessary Connection
The Sea-Battle Tomorrow
The Problem of Future Contingencies
Freedom and Necessity
Human Freedom and the Self
Alternative Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
The Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism
Philosophy of Mind
Meditations on First Philosophy
The Causes of Behavior
Sensations and Brain Processes
The Mind-Body Problem
Computing Machinery and Intelligence
Can Computers Think?
The "Causal Power"of Machines
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