Twenty Questions An Introduction to Philosophy

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-25
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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How should I make (and spend) money? What gives my life meaning? Should I be afraid of death? Philosophical questions such as these--timely, personal, and relevant to daily life--are explored in TWENTY QUESTIONS. Through an exploration of classical and contemporary approaches to these problems in philosophy, literature, and beyond, TWENTY QUESTIONS challenges you to reflect on the role of philosophical thinking in your own life.

Table of Contents

Philosophy, Religion and the Meaning of Life
What Gives My Life Meaning?
The Summer Day
Life and Meaning
A Confession
The Meaning of Life: A Philosophical Question
On Doing Philosophy of Religion
Compassion and the Individual
Love as the Practice of Freedom
The Absurd
Gratitude: The Idea of Life as a Gift
What Should I Believe About the Existence and Nature of God?
Faith and Reason
The Ontological Argument
Whether God Exists
The Teleological Argument
Why Does God Let People Suffer?
Proving the Existence of God by Way of Morality
The Leap of Faith and the Limits of Reason
The Will To Believe
God is Dead
The Anti-Christ
Intimate Creation: God's Body, Our Home
The Existence and Nature of God
Should I Be Afraid of Death?
?The Essential Phowa
The Death of Socrates
A Taoist on Death
Epicurus: Death is Nothing to Us
Death, Fetishism, and Morbid Solipsism
The Strangeness of Death
The Unknown Soldier
Science, Mind, and Nature
What Does Science Tell Me About the World?
The Deductive-Nomological Model of Science
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Science: Conjectures and Refutations
Feminism and Science
Seeking New Laws of Nature
Which Should I Believe: Evolution, Creation, or Design?
The Bible: Genesis
The Descent of Man
Is Evolutionary Theory a Secular Religion?
Science and Design
Darwin vs. Intelligent Design
Response to Critics
Show Me the Science
How Is My Mind Connected to My Body?
Mind as Distinct From Body
The Concept of Mind
Robots and Minds
The Puzzle of Conscious Experience
The Problem of Consciousness
The Mysterious Flame
Consciousness: How Much is that in Real Money?
Thinking and Knowing
What Do I Know?
The Myth of the Cave
Meditations I and II
Keanu's Cartesian Meditations
Through the Looking Glass
Where Our Ideas Come From
To Be Is to Be Perceived
Appearance and Reality
What Can She Know?
Does Language Make Me Think the Way I Do?
Getting Rid of Words
Meaning as Use
Language, Thought, and Reality
The Language Instinct
Humpty Dumpty
The Dilemmas of Personhood
Who Am I?
The First Night
Of Identity and Diversity
Of Personal Identity
Persons, Brains, and Bodies
Personal Identity: Many Criteria
Identity and Identities
Why Are My Emotions Important to Me?
On Anger
The Passions of the Soul
On Pride
What Is an Emotion?
Emotions as Transformations of the World
What Love Is
Can Science Tell Us Why We Fall, and Stay, in Love?
Destructive Emotions
What Should I Think About the Morality of Abortion?
Abortion and Life
Abortion and Life
A Defense of Abortion
The Beginning of Individual Human Life
When Does a Person Begin?
Essentially Contested Concepts and the Problem of Abortion
Right to Life: What Can the White Man Say to the Black Woman?
What Should I Think About Terrorism and Torture?
Terrorism and Just War
What is Terrorism, Why is it Wrong, and Could it Ever be Morally Permissable?
Questions Regarding a War on Terrorism
The Truth About Torture
Torture in Dreamland: Disposing of the Ticking Bomb
How Does Racism Affect My Life?
Early Memory: The California Zephyr
Anti-Semite and Jew
Is Racism in the "Heart"?
Racial Cognition and the Ethics of Implicit Bias Sally Haslanger: Future Genders?
Future Races?
Spiks and Gringos
Living a Good Life
Why Shouldn't I Be Selfish?
get it and feel good
The Ring of Gyges
The Pursuit of Pleasure
People are Selfish
The Selfish Gene
Adventures in Good and Evil: The Evolutionary Roots of Morality
Ethical Egoism
The Virtue of Selfishness
Ivan Boesky's Choice
The Good Doctor
The Life of the Saint
Does It Matter What Gender I Am?
The Subjection of Women
Woman as Other
The Right Definition of Women
A Progressive Male Standpoint
It's a Jungle Out There
The "F" word
What Is the Right Thing for Me to Do?
The Bible: The Ten Commandments and The Sermon on the Mount
Confucius: The Analects
The Koran: The Unjust
Happiness and the Good Life
Morality is an Emotional Response
Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals
The Natural History of Morals
Freedom and Morality
One Feminist View of Ethics
Through the Moral Maze
I Like It, but Is It Art?
What Is Art?
The Culture Industry
Art, Beauty, and Judgment
What Has Beauty to do with Art?
Art, Practice, and Narrative
The Music of our Lives
The Male Gaze. ?
Justice and Responsibility
Am I Free to Choose What I Do?
Voluntary and Involuntary Action
Are We Cogs in the Universe?
Twilight of an Error
Meaning and Free Will
Freedom and Responsibility
Freedom and the Control of Men
Do We Have Free Will?
Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
The Significance of Free Will: Old Dispute, New Themes
What Do I Justly Deserve?
Does Might Make Right
Justice and the Social Contract
A Utilitarian Theory of Justice
Justice as Fairness
The Principle of Fairness
Triumph of Hope over Self-Interest
Rich and Poor
The Myth of Merit
Property and Hunger
Human Rights, Civil Rights
Justice, Care, and Gender Bias
How Should I Make (and Spend) Money?
On Business
Benefits of the Profit Motive
The Immorality of Capitalism
The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits
Shareholders and Social Responsibility
Ford Motor Company: The Ford Pinto Memo
Crime in the Suites
SweatX is Chic
Honest Work
The Hidden Costs of Money
Making Money and the Importance of the Virtues
What's a Business For?
Follow Your Bliss
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