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9780534561819

Philosophy A Text with Readings (with InfoTrac)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534561819

  • ISBN10:

    0534561810

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-10-05
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Combining clear, accessible prose and many primary sources, Velasquez provides a complete introduction to philosophy in an engaging and meaningful way. The text brings attention to topics not always covered in other texts, including human nature, feminist theory, continental philosophy, diversity, and aesthetics. The chapter organization encourages critical thinking and studying in amounts students can master while examples and questions help connect philosophy to their personal experiences. In addition to the chapter-end readings, which permit students to work with primary source material, "Historical Showcases" readings put development of ideas into context for a "big picture" view.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Eighth Edition vii
PART I Introduction 1(174)
The Nature of Philosophy
Introduction: What Is Philosophy?
4(7)
The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy
11(7)
An Example of Philosophy: Socrates
18(14)
The Value of Philosophy
32(8)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
40(2)
Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers
42(5)
Readings
47(4)
Appendix: A Look at Logic
51(21)
Suggestions for Further Reading
72(4)
Human Nature
Introduction: Why Study Human Nature?
76(5)
What Is Human Nature?
81(23)
How Do Mind and Body Relate?
104(14)
Is There an Enduring Self?
118(12)
Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals?
130(10)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
140(4)
Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius
144(18)
Readings
162(10)
Suggestions for Further Reading
172(3)
PART II Metaphysics 175(182)
Reality and Being
Introduction: What Is Real?
178(4)
Reality: Material or Nonmaterial?
182(18)
Reality in Pragmatism
200(5)
Reality and Logical Positivism
205(6)
Antirealism: The New Idealists
211(7)
Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism
218(13)
Is Freedom Real?
231(10)
Is Time Real?
241(6)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
247(3)
Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley
250(11)
Readings
261(11)
Suggestions for Further Reading
272(4)
Philosophy and God
Introduction: What Is Religion?
276(4)
Does God Exist?
280(13)
Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil
293(9)
Traditional Religious Belief and Experience
302(7)
Nontraditional Religious Experience
309(16)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
325(3)
Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway
328(16)
Readings
344(11)
Suggestions for Further Reading
355(2)
PART III Epistemology 357(150)
The Sources of Knowledge
Introduction: Why Is Knowledge a Problem?
360(6)
Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge?
366(12)
Can the Senses Account for All Our Knowledge?
378(15)
Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World?
393(9)
Does Science Give Us Knowledge?
402(13)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
415(3)
Historical Showcase: Hume
418(7)
Readings
425(9)
Suggestions for Further Reading
434(2)
Truth
Introduction: Belief, Knowledge, and Truth
436(5)
What Is Truth?
441(23)
Does Science Give Us Truth?
464(7)
Can Interpretations Be True?
471(10)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
481(3)
Historical Showcase: Kant
484(10)
Readings
494(10)
Suggestions for Further Reading
504(3)
PART IV Values 507(210)
Ethics
Introduction: What Is Ethics?
510(5)
Is Ethics Relative?
515(4)
Do Consequences Make an Action Right?
519(12)
Do Rules Define Morality?
531(23)
Is Ethics Based on Character?
554(11)
Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries?
565(11)
Ethics and Moral Responsibility
576(6)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
582(2)
Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft
584(11)
Readings
595(8)
Suggestions for Further Reading
603(3)
Social Philosophy
Introduction: What Is Social Philosophy?
606(2)
What Justifies the State?
608(19)
What Is Justice?
627(19)
Law and Civil Disobedience
646(11)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
657(4)
Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls
661(13)
Readings
674(7)
Suggestions for Further Reading
681(3)
Postscript: Art and Meaning
Introduction
684(2)
What Is Art?
686(16)
Does Life Have Meaning?
702(12)
Chapter Summary and Conclusions
714(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
715(2)
Glossary 717(6)
Index 723(16)
Art Acknowledgments 739

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