Philosophy A Text with Readings

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  • Edition: 10th
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  • Copyright: 2007-02-28
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This highly engaging text will not only help you explore and understand philosophy-it will also give you an appreciation of how philosophy is relevant to your day-to-day life as well as the larger social world. Author Manuel Velasquez combines clear prose and primary source readings to take you on a meaningful exploration of a range of philosophical topics, such as human nature, feminist theory, diversity, and aesthetics. Plus, the text's carefully crafted built-in learning aids will help you succeed in your course.

Table of Contents

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
Human Nature
Introduction: 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?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle and Confucius
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
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
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
Introduction: Belief, Knowledge and Truth
What is Truth?
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Can Interpretations Be True?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Historical Showcase: Kant
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
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
Postscript: Art and Meaning
What is Art? Does Life Have Meaning?
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
Art Acknowledgments
Suggestions for Further Reading
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