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Praised for its unique combination of accessibility and comprehensiveness, Philosophy: The Quest for Truth is one of the best-selling textbooks for the introduction to philosophy course. Now in its seventh edition, this acclaimed text provides an excellent selection of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen key problems in philosophy. Louis P. Pojman and new coeditor Lewis Vaughn have carefully organized the essays in each section so that they present pro/con dialogues that allow students to compare and contrast the philosophers' positions. Topics covered include the nature of philosophy, logic, the existence of God, immortality, knowledge, the mind-body question, personal identity, free will and determinism, ethics, political philosophy, the meaning of life, abortion, capital punishment, animal rights, and affirmative action. Pojman and Vaughn provide substantial introductions to each major section. In addition, each of the eighty-four readings is accompanied by study questions, end-of-reading reflective questions, and an individual introduction featuring a biographical sketch of the philosopher. Short bibliographies following each major section, a detailed glossary of key terms, and an appendix--on reading and writing philosophy papers--further enhance the text's pedagogical value.

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* Eleven new readings including selections by David Chalmers, Roderick M. Chisholm, Jerry A. Fodor, David Hume, Søren Kierkegaard, Don Marquis, Michael Martin, James Rachels, Bertrand Russell, Harvey Siegel, and Judith Jarvis Thomson
* An expanded and improved discussion of logic and arguments (in Part I)
* Updated headnotes and bibliographies
* An Instructor's Manual that provides a concise summary of each reading; a bank of 672 test questions (multiple-choice and true/false); a set of essay questions for each reading; a list of key terms; sample syllabi/course schedules; and useful web links
* An Online Student Study Guide containing more than three hundred study questions; flashcards for all key terms; two essay questions for each reading; and a list of helpful web links categorized by philosophical problem

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Louis P. Pojman is a Retired Professor of Philosophy at United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: *=New to this edition Each Part opens with an Introduction and ends with Suggestions for Further Reading. Preface I. WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY? 1. Plato: Socratic Wisdom 2. John Locke: Of Enthusiasm and the Quest for Truth 3. Bertrand Russell: The Value of Philosophy Excursus: A Little Bit of Logic Deductive and Inductive Reasoning * Inference to the Best Explanation Some Applications Fallacies of Reasoning * Exercises in Critical Reasoning Questions for Discussion II. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION II.A. Is Belief in God Rationally Justified? Arguments for the Existence of God The Cosmological Argument Pro 4. Thomas Aquinas: The Five Ways 5. William Lane Craig: The Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Anthropic Principle Contra 6. Paul Edwards: A Critique of the Cosmological Argument The Teleological Argument Pro 7. William Paley: The Watch and the Watchmaker Contra 8. David Hume: A Critique of the Teleological Argument The Ontological Argument Pro et Contra 9. St. Anselm and Gaunilo: The Ontological Argument 10. William Rowe: An Analysis of the Ontological Argument II.B. Why Is There Evil? 11. Fyodor Dostoevsky: Why Is There Evil? 12. B.C. Johnson: Why Doesn't God Intervene to Prevent Evil? 13. John Hick: There Is a Reason Why God Allows Evil II.C. Is Faith Compatible with Reason? 14. Blaise Pascal: Yes, Faith Is a Logical Bet 15. W.K. Clifford: The Ethics of Belief 16. William James: The Will to Believe 17. Antony Flew, R.M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell: A Debate on the Rationality of Religious Belief 18. Alvin Plantinga: Religious Belief Without Evidence * 19. Soren Kierkegaard: Faith and Truth * 20. Michael Martin: Holy Spirit Epistemology * 21. Bertrand Russell; Can Religion Cure Our Troubles? III. KNOWLEDGE III.A. What Can We Know? Classical Theories of Knowledge 22. Rene Descartes: Cartesian Doubt and the Search for Foundational Knowledge 23. John Locke: The Empiricist Theory of Knowledge 24. George Berkeley: An Idealist Theory of Knowledge 25. David Hume: The Origin of Our Ideas and Skepticism about Causal Reasoning 26. John Hospers: An Argument Against Skepticism III.B. Truth, Rationality, and Cognitive Relativism 27. Bertrand Russell: The Correspondence Theory of Truth 28. William James: The Pragmatic Theory of Truth 29. Richard Rorty: Dismantling Truth: Solidarity versus Objectivity 30. Daniel Dennett: Postmodernism and Truth * 31. Harvey Siegel: Relativism IV. PHILOSOPHY OF MIND: THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM IV.A. What Am I? A Mind or a Body? 32. Rene Descartes: Dualistic Interactionism 33. Gilbert Ryle: Exorcising Descartes' "Ghost in the Machine" 34. J.P. Moreland: A Contemporary Defense of Dualism 35. Paul Churchland: On Functionalism and Materialism 36. Thomas Nagel: What Is It Like to Be a Bat? * 37. Jerry A. Fodor: The Mind-Body Problem * 38. David Chalmers: Property Dualism 39. John Searle: Minds, Brains, and Computers IV.B. Who Am I? Do We Have Personal Identity? 40. John Locke: Our Psychological Properties Define the Self 41. David Hume: We Have No Substantial Self with Which We Are Identical 42. Derek Parfit and Godfrey Vesey: Brain Transplants and Personal Identity: A Dialogue IV.C. Is Ther. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0195311329

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