Traversing Philosophical Boundaries

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2011-01-12
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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TRAVERSING PHILOSOPHICAL BOUNDARIES is the most comprehensive multicultural text/reader for introductory philosophy on the market today. Addressing six primary philosophical concerns?the self, reality, epistemology, ethics, politics, and religion?this book contains not only many readings from the Western canon, but also essential readings from many cultural perspectives not typically included in introductory philosophy classes. Asian, African, African-American, Latin American, and Feminist traditions are broadly represented and fully integrated into the exploration of these fundamental matters. The text also includes several readings from the sciences, with selections from Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, and Jared Diamond.

Table of Contents

Self, Mind, and Body
Do We Have an Essential Self or Soul?
Dialogue with Death, From the Upanishads
On Personal Identity
The Questions of King Milinda on the Self, From the Buddhist Scriptures
There Is No Personal Identity
A Dialogue on Immortality
To What Extent Do Our Bodies Determine Who We Are? The Nature of the Soul and Its Relation to the Body, Plato
Of the Real Distinction Between Mind and Body
Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons
Disciplining the Body
Females as Docile Bodies
Where Am I?
What Else Determines Who I Am? ZarathustraÆs Prologue and Three Speeches
The Question of Lay Analysis
The Social Self
The Illusion of Human Freedom
Existentialism Is a Humanism
Woman as the Second Sex
An Autobiographical View of Mixed Race and Deracination
Creation and Reality
How Did We Get Here? An African Creation Story, From the Sacred Storytelling of the Boshongo People
Creation of the World from the Self, From the Upanishads
The Creation and the Fall, From the Bible
How the World Was Made and the Origin of Disease and Medicine, From the Sacred Storytelling of the Cherokee
Origin and Fate of the Universe
The Origin of the Species
YaliÆs Question
What Is the Nature of Reality? The Myth of the Cave
The Way of the Universe
The Nature of Reality
On the Nature of Things, Lucretius
The Monadology
An Introduction to Metaphysics
The True Features of Reality
The Politics of Reality
Knowledge and Truth
How Do We Know What We Know? Meditations on the Nature of Knowledge
The Source of Our Knowledge
Principles of Human Knowledge
The Fixation of Belief
PragmatismÆs Conception of Truth
Methods and Modes of Knowing
Truth and Existence
Navajo Ways of Knowing
The Metaphysics of Oppression
Is Knowledge Really Attainable? A Dialogue on Dogmatism and Truth
From the Buddhist Scriptures
The Identity of Contraries
Doubts Concerning the Possibility of Knowledge
The Elimination of Metaphysics
Situated Knowers
How Do We Determine What We Ought to Do?
The Proper Function of Man and Its Relation to the Good Life, Aristotle
On Human Goodness, Mencius
The Good Will and Morality
The Principle of Utility
The Sentiment of Solidarity as the Foundation of Ethics
Mysticism and Ethics in Hindu Thought
Compassion and the Reverence for Life
What Are Some Reasons for Questioning Traditional Values? Relativism
Master Morality and Slave Morality
Mitakuye Oyasin: We Are All Related
The Earth Charter, The Earth Charter Commission
Transvaluation of Values: The End of Phallic Morality
The Ethics of Care
What Means This Freedom
What Is the Basis of Our Obligations to Society? Crito, Plato, The Social Contract
The Declaration of Independence
The Racial Contract
The Communist Manifesto
Socialist Feminism: Our Bridge to Freedom
In Defense of Democracy
The Political Theory of Islam
Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism
Where Do Our Obligations to Society End? On Liberty
On Revolt
Principles of Nonviolence
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Power and Racism
Feminism: A Transformational Politic
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Anarchism: What It Really Stands For
What Is the Basis of Religious Belief? Confessions on the Nature of God
The Powers of the Bison and the Elk
Proof That God Exists
The Faith of Abraham
I and Thou
Involvement in the Liberation Process
Witchcraft and WomenÆs Culture, Starhawk
The Anthropological Essence of Religion
Is Religious Belief Beneficial or Harmful? The Will to Believe
Myth and Society
Why Women Need the Goddess
Why I Am a Pagan
Religion and Science
How Not to Compare African Thought with Western Thought
Theology and Falsification
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?
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