Does the Center Hold? is an entertaining, topically-organized introductory text with more than 500 original illustrations. The ideas and issues typically covered in introductory courses are presented here in a remarkably accessible and enjoyable manner. The author demonstrates that serious philosophical inquiry may be perplexing but is ultimately enlightening and liberating.
Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)
Table of Contents
Preface / Introduction
1. What Are We Doing in This Class?
Is Philosophy Possible? / The Origins of Philosophy / Contemporary Branches of Philosophy / The Philosophy of Socrates / Conclusion
2. Truth Is Beauty, Beauty Is Truth
Rationalist Epistemology / The Philosophy of Plato / Rene Descartes' Rationalism /
3. What You See Is What You Get
Empiricist Epistemology / The Empiricism of John Locke / Hume's Radicalization of Berkeley's Empiricism / Logical Positivism: The Further Radicalizationof Empiricism / Kant's Compromise / Conclusion: Getting Up-to-Date
4. Who's on First, What's on Second?
Ontology / Dualism / Materialistic Monism / Pluralism / Conclusion
5. Mount Olympus, Mount Moriah, and Other Godly Places
Philosophy of Religion / Theism / Atheism / Volitional Justifications of Religious Belief / Religious Mysticism / Religious Existentialism / Conclusion
6. The Largest Airline in the Free World
Philosophy of Freedom / Determinism: Ancient Greek and Enlightenment Views / Hard Determinism: Modern Views / The Attack on Free Will / Soft Determinism (a.k.a. Compatibilism) / Indeterminism / Conclusion
7. Thou Shalt Become Perfected
Ethics / Ancient Greek Moral Philosophers / Egoism / Kantianism Today? / Conclusion
8. Different Strokes for Different Folks
Critiques of Traditional Ethical Theories / Existentialism / Hume and the Naturalistic Fallacy / Logical Positivism / Cultural Relativism / Ethics and Feminism / Ethics and Deep Ecology / Conclusion
9. Let Them Eat Cake
Political and Social Philosophy / Political Philosophy / Social Philosophy / Conclusion
10. But Is It Art?
Philosophy of Art / Analytic Philosophy of Art / Wittgenstein / Plato, Freud, and Art / Aristotle and Art / Marx and Art / Existentialism and Art / Conclusion