Classic Philosophical Questions

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Classic Philosophical Questions

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A proven classic, this anthology stimulates readers' interest in philosophy through an innovative “sides of the argument” presentation, representing positions on each of the fundamental philosophical principles. Each reading contains a biographical sketch of the author, with a group of further readings for those wishing to pursue issues in further depth. Using debate and argument as a vehicle, the eleventh edition of Classic Philosophical Questions simultaneously gives readers the fundamentals of philosophy while demonstrating that philosophy is a discourse that has spanned centuries. Topics covered include knowledge, metaphysics, religion, ethics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, and the meaning of life. This anthology offers both classic and contemporary selections that challenge readers with the basic inquiries that philosophers have discussed throughout the ages.

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A classic proven through seven previous editions, this anthology has stimulated students' interest in philosophy through a uniquely innovative "pro-con" presentation of fundamental philosophical questions. Sure to create lively in-class debates, this proven anthology offers classic readings, challenging students with the basic inquiries that philosophers have wrestled with for centuries.

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Preface

This tenth edition of Classic Philosophical Questions is structured to set forth the fundamental questions raised in undergraduate philosophy courses. The instructor will find that this structure encourages especially lively classes.

The essays, starting with Plato's Euthyphro and Apology, have been selected because they concern topics of particular interest to the beginning student in philosophy. These topics also encompass the major classical questions of concern to philosophers. None of the material is technical.

Introductions and study questions precede each essay and alert students to which ideas are important to grasp. The instructor may find it valuable to organize the class around these questions. At the end of each essay, the "To Think About" questions and quotations provide material for spirited debates or for written assignments. Also at the end of each essay is a reading list that can be used for writing term papers, and at the end of the book there is a glossary.

The enthusiastic reception the earlier editions received reflects in part many excellent suggestions from both students and teachers. We have included some of their ideas in this tenth edition, with new or additional material from Aristotle, Hobbes, Descartes, William James, and Rosemarie Tong, as well as essays relating to contemporary social issues. We sincerely appreciate the suggestions from the following reviewers, which helped to strengthen this edition: Robert Newton, DePauw University and Warren Weinstein, California State University, Long Beach. We especially want to thank our editor Ross Miller and our production editor Louise Rothman.

James A. Gould
Robert J. Mulvaney

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