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Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings, Fourth Edition, is a highly acclaimed topically organized anthology featuring eighty-four selections that cover five major areas of philosophy--theory of knowledge, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, freedom and determinism, and moral philosophy. Louis P. Pojman and new coeditor James Fieser enhance the text's topical organization by presenting opposing articles on each issue so that students can better understand different perspectives. Offering a unique feature for a collection of this depth, the editors also include accessible introductions to each part, subsection, and individual reading, providing context for the essays and summarizing their key themes.
Beginning with the opening section, "What Is Philosophy?", the book focuses on a compelling sampling of classical material--including selections from Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. It also incorporates some of philosophy's best contemporary work, offering articles by Harry Frankfurt, Richard Taylor, John Searle, Thomas Nagel, and others. The volume is enriched by helpful pedagogical features including "Questions for Further Reflection" after each selection; "Suggestions for Further Reading" at the end of the book; a glossary; and two appendices--"How to Read and Write a Philosophy Paper" and "A Little Bit of Logic."

The fourth edition includes the complete text of Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy and nine new selections:

* Sextus Empiricus: "Skepticism and Tranquility"
* Lorraine Code: "A Feminist Epistemology?"
* Samuel Clarke and David Hume: "The Causal Argument for God"
* Voltaire: "The Best of All Possible Worlds?"
* René Descartes: "Interactive Dualism"
* Anne Conway: "Mind and Body as a Continuum"
* Epictetus: "Stoic Resignation to Fate"
* David Hume: "Morality Not Derived from Reason"
* Alfred Jules Ayer: "Emotivism and Prescriptivism"

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Louis Pojman is a Retired Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. James Fieser is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface: I. WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?Plato, Socratic WisdomJohn Locke, Philosophy as the Love of Truth versus EnthusiasmBertrand Russell, The Value of PhilosophyII. THEORY OF KNOWLEDGEClassical Theories on Certainty and the Sources of KnowledgePlato, The Theory of Forms and Doctrine of RecollectionSextus Empiricus, Skepticism and TranquilityRene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (complete)John Locke, Knowledge through ExperienceGeorge Berkeley, An Idealist Theory of KnowledgeDavid Hume, Experience and the Limits of Human ReasonImmanuel Kant, The Copernican Revolution in KnowledgeB. Contemporary Theories on the Limits of KnowledgeJohn Maynard Smith, Science and MythNorman Malcolm, Two Types of KnowledgeKarl Popper, Epistemology without a Knowing SubjectRichard Rorty, Dismantling Truth: Solidarity versus ObjectivityDaniel Dennett, Postmodernism and TruthLorraine Code, A Feminist Epistemology?III. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGIONA. Traditional Arguments for the Existence of GodSaint Thomas Aquinas, The Five WaysSamuel Clarke and David Hume, The Causal Argument for GodF.C. Copleston and Bertrand Russell, A Debate on the Argument from ContingencyWilliam Paley, The Watch and the WatchmakerDavid Hume, A Critique of the Teleological ArgumentAnselm versus Gaunilo, The Ontological ArgumentF.C. Copleston and Bertrand Russell, A Debate on the Argument from Religious ExperienceC.D. Broad, The Argument from Religious ExperienceB. The Problem of EvilVoltaire, The Best of All Possible Worlds?B. Moral ResponsibilityAristotle, Voluntary Action and ResponsibilityEpictetus, Stoic Resignation to FateGalen Strawson, The Impossibility of Moral ResponsibilityMichael Levin, A Compatibilist Defense of Moral ResponsibilityLois Hope Walker, A Libertarian Defense of Moral ResponsibilityC. PunishmentImmanuel Kant, The Right to Punish: RetributivismJonathan Glover, Utilitarianism and PunishmentKarl Menninger, The Crime of Punishment: The Humanitarian TheoryC.S. Lewis, Against the Humanitarian Theory of RehabilitationJohn Rawls, Two Concepts of PunishmentVI. MORAL PHILOSOPHYPlato, Socratic Morality: CritoA. Moral RelativismHerodotus, Custom Is KingRuth Benedict, In Defense of Moral RelativismLouis P. Pojman, Ethical Relativism versus Ethical ObjectivismJ.L. Mackie, The Subjectivity of ValuesLouis P. Pojman, A Critique of Mackie''s Theory of Moral SubjectivismFyodor Dostoyevsky, Why Is There Evil?Bruce Russell, The Problem of Evil: Why Is There So Much Suffering?Richard Swinburne, A Theistic Response to the Problem of EvilC. Faith and ReasonAntony Flew, R.M. Hare, and Basil Mitchell, A Debate on Rationality and Religious BeliefBlaise Pascal, Faith Is a Rational WagerW.K. Clifford, The Ethics of BeliefWilliam James, The Will to BelieveAlvin Plantinga, Religious Belief without EvidenceIV. PHILOSOPHY OF MINDA. The Mind-Body ProblemRene Descartes, Interactive DualismAnne Conway, Mind and Body as a ContinuumJerome Shaffer, Consciousness and the Mind-Body ProblemPaul Churchland, A Critique of DualismPaul Churchland, On Functionalism and MaterialismThomas Nagel, What Is It Like to Be a Bat?David Chalmers, Against Materialism: Can Consciousness Be Reductively Explained?John Searle, Minds, Brains, and ComputersB. The Problem of Personal IdentityJohn Locke, The Self as Psychological PropertiesDavid Hume, The Self as a Bundle of PerceptionsDerek Parfit and Godfrey Vesey, Brain Transplants and Personal Identity: A DialogueC. Personal Identity and Survival: Will I Survive My Death?Plato, Arguments for the Immortality of the SoulBertrand Russell, The Illusion of ImmortalityJohn Hick, In Defense of Life after DeathV. FREEDOM OF THE WILL, RESPONSIBILITY, AND PUNISHMENTA. Free Will and DeterminismBaron Paul Henri d''Holbach, A Defense of DeterminismRichard Taylor, Libertarianism: Defense of Free WillW.T. Stace, Compatibilism: Free Will Is Consistent with DeterminismJohn Hospers, Determinism: Free Will and Psy. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0195311612

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