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This anthology is designed to be a stand-alone text for an introduction to philosophy course. It includes more accessible readings, selected from general-readership magazines like Harper's, Lingua Franca, and Scientific American to help shape and give definition to the more difficult philosophical readings, like those of Plato, Aquinas, Locke, and Kant.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073129365
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/3/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Instructors


Introduction: Welcome to Philosophy

1. Jacques Barzun, "Trim the College? – A Utopia!"

2. Plato, Apology

3. Stanley Milgram, "Obedience to Authority"


Introduction to Moral Philosophy

4. Jonathan Bennett, "The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn"

5. Plato, Euthyphro

6. Mary Midgely, "Trying Out One’s New Sword"

7. James Rachels, "Ethical Egoism"

8. Jeremy Bentham, "The Principle of Utility"

9. John Stuart Mill, "Utilitarianism"

10. Immanuel Kant, "The Categorical Imperative"

11. Friedrich Nietzsche, "Criticisms of Conventional Morality"

12. Carol Gilligan, "Gender and Moral Development"


Introduction to Political Philosophy

13. John Locke, "From the State of Nature to Civil Society"

14. John Rawls, "Contractarianism"

15. Robert Nozick, "How Liberty Upsets Patterns"

16. Seyla Benhabib, "A Deliberative Model of Democracy"

17. Amy Gutmann, "Deliberation and Democratic Character"

18. Susan Mendus, "Losing the Faith: Democracy and Feminism"


Introduction to God and Religious Belief

19. Paul Kurtz, "Should Skeptical Inquiry Be Applied to Religion?"

20. Thomas Aquinas, "The Five Ways"

21. William Paley, "The Watchmaker"

22. Neil Manson, "The Design Argument"

23. Blaise Pascal, "The Wager"

24. Daniel Lazare, "False Testament"

25. B.C. Johnson, "The Problem of Evil"

26. Eleonore Stump, "The Problem of Evil"

27. Steven Cahn, "Religion Without God"


Introduction to Free Will

28. Steven D. Hales, "The Traditional Problem of Free Will"

29. William Rowe, "Two Concepts of Freedom"

30. Thomas Reid, "Liberty and Motives"

31. David Hume, "Of Liberty and Necessity"


Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

32. Robert Almeder, "Reincarnation and Mind-Body Dualism"

33. Steven D. Hales, "Evidence and the Afterlife"

34. Clive Thompson, "The Know-It-All Machine"

35. John Searle, "Minds, Brains, and Programs"

36. David Chalmers, "The Puzzle of Conscious Experience"


Introduction to The Problem of Personal Identity

37. Daniel Dennett, "Where Am I?"

38. Oliver Sacks, "A Matter of Identity"

39. Antonio Demasio, "Phineas Gage"

40. John Locke, "The Continuing Consciousness Theory of Personal Identity"

41. David Hume, "The Bundle Theory of Personal Identity"

42. Derek Parfit, "The Bundle Theory"


Introduction to Epistemology

43. Michael Shermer, "I Am Therefore I Think"

44. Bertrand Russell, "Appearance and Reality"

45. William Clifford, "The Ethics of Belief"

46. William James, "The Will to Believe"

47. René Descartes, "Meditations I and II"

48. John Locke, "Empiricism"

49. George Berkeley, "Idealism"
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