Readings on Ultimate Questions An Introduction to Philosophy

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-22
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Author Biography

Nils Ch. Rauhut studied philosophy and history at the University of Regensburg (Germany). He received an M.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Washington in Seattle. He taught at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and he is currently teaching at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
About the Authorsp. viii
Whv Study Philosophy?p. 1
What Is Enlightenment?p. 2
Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellectp. 8
Letter to Menoeceusp. 11
Philosophy, a Bus Ridep. 12
Apologyp. 15
The Value of Philosophyp. 27
What Do We Know?p. 31
Meditations 1 and 2p. 32
A Skeptic's Manifestop. 41
The Lure of Radical Skepticismp. 47
Appearance and Realityp. 57
An Essay Concerning Human Understandingp. 62
A Priori Justificationp. 70
Do We Have Free Will?p. 75
Determinismp. 76
Compatibilismp. 79
Beyond Compatibilism: A Buddhist Approach to Freedom and Determinismp. 86
The Consequence Argumentp. 100
Human Freedom and the Selfp. 106
Libertarianismp. 114
Is There an Enduring Self?p. 133
A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortalityp. 135
˘No-Self÷in Buddhismp. 145
The Judaic-Christian Conception of the Personp. 152
A Critique of Locke's Theory of Personal Identityp. 161
Brain Transplants and Personal Identityp. 165
Where Am I?p. 172
Feminist Perspectives on the Selfp. 183
What is the Mind?p. 195
They're Made Out of Meat Terry Bissonp. 197
An Argument for Dualism from ˘Alcibiades I÷p. 199
A Critique of Dualismp. 202
A Defense of Dualismp. 214
Philosophical Behaviorismp. 219
The Nature of Mindp. 231
Mad Pain and Martian Painp. 241
Arguments Against Materialismp. 249
Does God Exist?p. 263
The Evidential Value of Religious Experiencep. 265
The Five Waysp. 276
The Ontological Argumentp. 278
The Cosmological Argumentp. 284
A Debate on the Cosmological Argumentp. 292
Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inferencep. 301
Born-Again Creationismp. 314
You Bet Your Life: Pascal's Wager Defendedp. 323
The Problem of Evilp. 336
Why God Allows Evilp. 341
TheEthics of Beliefp. 351
The Will to Believep. 356
Male-Chauvinist Religionp. 364
what ought we To DO?p. 377
The Objective Basis of Moralityp. 379
Relativismp. 383
Must God's Commands Conform to Moral Standards?p. 385
Reflective Equilibriump. 388
The Principle of Utilityp. 396
Push-Pin and Poetryp. 402
Higher and Lower Pleasuresp. 403
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Moralsp. 407
Maria von Herbert's Challenge to Kantp. 416
Nicomachean Ethicsp. 429
Regarding the Last Frontier of Bigotryp. 442
Do Animals Have Rights?p. 450
The Case for Gay Marriagep. 460
The Case against Gay Marriagep. 465
Creditsp. 469
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