Philosophy: The Quest for Truth

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Philosophy: The Quest for Truth

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Praised for its accessibility and comprehensiveness, Philosophy: The Quest for Truth provides an excellent selection of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen key problems in philosophy. Louis P. Pojman has 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, the existence of God, immortality, knowledge, the mind-body question, personal identity, free will and determinism, ethics, political philosophy, and the meaning of life. The sixth edition offers selections from Plato, René Descartes, John Locke, David Hume, William James, Bertrand Russell, John Hick, John Hospers, and James Rachels--as well as essays by Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Blaise Pascal, Thomas Hobbes, George Berkeley, Immanuel Kant, Gilbert Ryle, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alvin Plantinga, and many others.
In Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Sixth Edition, Pojman offers substantial introductions to each of the nineteen philosophical problems. In addition, each of the seventy-six readings is accompanied by an individual introduction with a biographical sketch of the philosopher, study questions, and reflective questions that challenge students to analyze and critique the material. Short bibliographies following each major section and a detailed glossary further enhance the text's pedagogical value. Invaluable for introductory courses in philosophy, this highly acclaimed text inspires and guides students' quest for wisdom.

New to the Sixth Edition::
* Six selections:
William Lane Craig: The Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Anthropic Principle
William Rowe: An Analysis of the Ontological Argument
Daniel Dennett: Postmodernism and Truth
William James: The Dilemma of Determinism
Harry Frankfurt: Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person
John Rawls: The Contemporary Liberal Answer
* More exercises in the excursus on logic

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Louis P. Pojman is at United States Military Academy at West Point.

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"A wide-ranging and interesting selection of both classic texts and contemporary expressions."--Dan O'Bryan, Sierra Nevada College

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