Questions that Matter: An Invitation to Philosophy

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-10
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This classic text-reader introduces readers to the fundamental, timeless, and pressing questions of philosophy. The authors make the issues accessible for students with primary source readings incorporated into clearly written text material and an extensive pedagogical program that includes running summaries, high-interest boxes, biographies, epigrams, a philosophical dictionary. The new edition has been streamlined and revised to include a new chapter on Democracy, which expands the coverage of the ever-evolving realm of social and political philosophy.

Table of Contents

The Story as a Tool of Ethics
Thinking About Values The Best of Times, the Worst of Times? Good and Evil Is Morality Hardwired?
Values, Morals and Ethics Debating Moral Issues: The Role of Religion, the Law, Logic, Emotions, and Story-Telling Martha Nussbaum
Stories, Ethics, and Emotions Primary Reading: Martha Nussbaum,Love's Knowledge Primary Reading
The Lucifer Effect Narrative:Smoke Signals Narrative:Big Fish Narrative:East of Eden
Learning Moral Lessons from Stories Didactic Stories The New Interest in Stories Across the Professions
The Value of Stories in World Cultures Stories of Values Across the Ages Primary Reading: Plato
The Republic Primary Reading: Aristotle,Poetics Primary Reading: Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose Primary Reading: Raymond Chandler
The Simple Art of Murder Narrative:Medea Narrative
The Sorrows of Young Werther Narrative
The Education on Mingo Narrative:Pulp Fiction
What Should I Do? Theories of Conduct
Ethical Relativism How to Deal with Moral Differences
The Lessons of Anthropology Refuting Ethical Relativism James Rachels and Soft Universalism Ethical Relativism and Multiculturalism Primary Reading
Anthropology and the Abnormal Primary Reading
Dwellers and Spirits: The Problem with Moral Absolutes Primary Reading
Paradox and Dream Narrative:The Poisonwood Bible Narrative
Possessing the Secret of Joy Narrative:Do the Right Thing
Myself or Others?
Psychological Egoism: From Virginia Tech to 9/11
Psychological Egoism: From Glaucon to Hobbes Shortcomings to Psychological Egoism Ethical Egoism and Its Critics Being Selfless: Levinas's Ideal Altruism vs. Singer's Reciprocal Altruism Selfish Genes, or Fellow-Feeling?
Dawkins, Midgley, Hume and de Waal Primary Reading: Plato,The Republic Primary Reading
The Rings of Tolkien and Plato: Lessons in Power, Choice, and Morality Primary Reading
Leviathan Primary Reading
The Ethics of Emergencies Primary Reading
Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved Narrative:Friendsepisode: "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Narrative:Return to Paradise Narrative
Atlas Shrugged Narrative:The Lord of the Rings
Using Your Reason, Part 1: Utilitarianism Jeremy Bentham and the Hedonistic Calculus Advantages and Problems of Sheer Numbers: From Animal Welfare to the Question of Torture
Higher and Lower Pleasures Mill's Harm Principle Act and Rule Utilitarianism Primary Reading
Of the Principle of Utility Primary Reading
Utilitarianism Primary Reading: Peter Singer
A Convenient Truth Narrative
The Blacksmith and the Baker Narrative
The Brothers Karamazov Narrative
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Narrative
Extreme Measures Narrative:Runaway Jury
Using Your Reason, Part 2: Kant's Deontology Consequences Don't Count
Having a Good Will Does
The Categorical Imperative Rational Beings Are Ends in Themselves Beings Who Are Things
The Kingdom of Ends Primary Reading
Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals Primary Reading
The Metaphysics of Morals Narrative:High Noon Narrative:3:10 to Yuma Narrative:Match Point
Personhood, Rights, and Justice What Is a Human Being?
The Expansion of the Concept "Human" Personhood: The Key to Rights Science and
The Nature Of Philosophy
What Is Philosophy?
The Word Itself
The Fields of Philosophy
A Rational, Critical Enterprise Differing Conceptions
A Working Definition Philosophy, Religion, and Science Of Beards and Bread
Where do we Begin?
Professor Miller’s Four Principles
in Review Readings from: Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers Plato, Apology Whitehead, Process and Reality
Moore, Principia Ethica Camus
""The Myth of Sisyphus""
Husserl, Ideas James, ""The Present
Introduction to the Philosophical Journey: Where Are We Going and How Will We Get There?
Overview of the Journey
Socrates and the Search for Wisdom From Plato
Apology From Plato, Republic
Plato's Allegory of the Cave From Plato, Republic
Argument and Evidence: How Do I Decide What to Believe?
The Search for Knowledge
Overview of the Problem of Knowledge
Skepticism From
Meditations on First Philosophy From
Meditations on First Philosophy
Rationalism From
Meditations on First Philosophy
Empiricism From
An Essay concerning Human Understanding From
A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge From
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding From
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding From
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding From
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding From
A Treatise of Human Nature
Kantian Constructivism From Immanuel Kant
Critique of Pure Reason From
Critique of Pure Reason
Epistemological Relativism From
Beyond Good and Evil
Rethinking the Western Tradition: Pragmatism From
Pragmatism's Conception of Truth
Rethinking the Western Tradition: Feminist Epistemology From
and Reality
The Search for Ultimate Reality
Overview of Metaphysics
Overview: The Mind-Body Problem From
Dualism From
Discourse on the Method From
Meditations on First Philosophy From
Meditations on First Philosophy
Physicalism From
Persons and Their World
Functionalism and Artificial Intelligence From
The Mind-Body Problem From
Why People Think Computers Can't
Overview: Freedom and Determinism
Hard Determinism From
Walden Two From
Erewhon From
The Leopold and
Libertarianism From
Metaphysics From
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