Philosophy : A Text with Readings

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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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.

The Eleventh Edition is now easier to use and more flexible than ever. And, it is simple to customize the content and the readings in the text to meet specific course needs with TextChoice and Proteus (see SUPPLEMENTS section.) When used with The Examined Life Telecourse, Philosophy: A Text With Readings, Eleventh Edition is the ideal text choice for distance learning settings. Whether you are teaching your course online or in the classroom, unmatched support is just a click away with our Philosophy Resource Center, a powerful course resource system.

Table of Contents

The Nature Of Philosophy
What Is Philosophy?
The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy
A Philosopher in Action: Socrates
The Value of Philosophy
Chapter Summary
Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers
Human Nature
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
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?
Chapter Summary
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
Chapter Summary
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?
Chapter Summary
Historical Showcase: Hume
Knowledge, Truth, and Justification
What Is Truth?
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Can Interpretations Be True?
Chapter Summary
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
Chapter Summary
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
Chapter Summary
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
Chapter Summary
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Amazing textbook March 15, 2011
I rented this textbook for a philosophy class. The text is extremely easy to understand if perhaps not in depth. Velasquez goes above the norm to find common ground with the theories, thoughts, and ideas of modern and ancient philosophy, as well as with the reader and/or student. I would highly recommend this book for philosophy students, the "unprofessional" beginning philosopher, and philosophy instructors alike.
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cheaptextbook February 14, 2011
Awesome book on very interesting topics. This book lets you explore topics you may have never thought about. I like this book also because it is not as pricey as the others.
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