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Fundamentals of Philosophy / Edition 7

Fundamentals of Philosophy / Edition 7

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An accessible reader/text for beginning students of philosophy, this volume offers a broad scope of diverse classic and contemporary selections – with a narrative and format that presents difficult issues and readings in a simplified but not condescending manner. The readings are grouped around major philosophic themes: logic, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of art, and social and political philosophy. It also offers a selection of readings from Eastern philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205647620
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 09/14/2009
Series: MyPhilosophyKit Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: What is Philosophy?

Chapter 1: The Activity of Philosophy

Chapter 2: Philosophy’s History

Chapter 3: Philosophy and the Examined Life

Part 2: Thinking About Thinking (Logic)

Chapter 4: The Life of Reason

Chapter 5: Argument Forms

Chapter 6: Induction and the Philosophy of Science

Chapter 7: Strategies for Philosophical Arguments

Part 3: What is Real? (Metaphysics)

Chapter 8: Introduction to Metaphysics

Chapter 9: Dualism

Chapter 10: Materialism

Chapter 11: Idealism

Chapter 12: The Mind-Body Problem and Personal Identity

Chapter 13: Freedom and Determinism: The Metaphysics of Human Agency

Part 4: How Do We Know? (Epistemology)

Chapter 14: Introduction to Epistemology

Chapter 15: Rene Descartes: The Quest for Certainty

Chapter 16: David Hume: Trust Your Senses

Chapter 17: Immanuel Kant: A Compromise

Chapter 18: Knowledge and Human Practices

Part 5: What Ought We to Do? (Ethics)

Chapter 19: Introduction to Ethical Reasoning

Chapter 20: Moral Skepticism

Chapter 21: Morality and Metaphysics

Chapter 22: Endaemonism: The Morality of Self-Realization

Chapter 23: Utilitarianism: Morality Depends on the Consequences

Chapter 24: Deontology: Morality Depends on the Motives

Part 6: Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 25: Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 26: Religion and Life’s Meaning

Chapter 27: A Priori Arguments for God’s Existence

Chapter 28: A Posteriori Arguments for God’s Existence: Aquinas’ Five Ways

Chapter 29: The Problem of Evil

Part 7: Philosophy of Art (Esthetics)

Chapter 30: Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

Chapter 31: The Value of Art

Chapter 32: Art as Ideal

Chapter 33: Esthetics and Ideology

Part 8: Social and Political Philosophy

Chapter 34: Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

Chapter 35: The Liberal, Secular State

Chapter 36: The Individual and the State

Chapter 37: Human Rights

Chapter 38: Individual Happiness and Social Responsibility

Part 9: Eastern Thought

Chapter 39: Philosophy East and West

Chapter 40: Confucian Theories of Human Nature

Chapter 41: Hindu Debate on Monism

Chapter 42: Buddhist Theory of Emptiness

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