Fifty Readings Plus: An Introduction to Philosophy / Edition 2

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Designed for an introductory course in philosophy that uses primary texts, Fifty Readings Plus by Donald C. Abel is an expanded version of his best-selling topical anthology Fifty Readings in Philosophy. It retains all the pedagogical aids of that book and has a wide variety of additional features such as study and discussion question that help students get the most from the readings and from their introduction to philosophy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073386720
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/21/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 251,060
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald C. Abel is Professor of Philosophy at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, an M.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University, a Ph.L. in Philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute, an M.Div. in Theology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University. He is the author of Freud on Instinct and Morality (1989), Theories of Human Nature: Classical and Contemporary Readings (McGraw-Hill, 1992), Fifty Readings in Philosophy (McGraw Hill, 3d ed., 2008). He is the editor of Discourses (, an electronic database of philosophy readings that is part of Primis, McGraw-Hill’s online resource for creating customized textbooks. Professor Abel has received two awards for excellence in teaching and an award for outstanding scholarship. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
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Table of Contents

* indicates new in the Fifth Edition.


Ch.1: What is Philosophy?

1. Plato: Euthyphro (complete) Translated by G. M. A. Grube, revised by John M. Cooper

2. Bertrand Russell: The Value of Philosophy (complete)

Ch. 2: Philosophy of Religion


3. Anselm: Proslogion and Exchange with Gaunilo (selection) Translated by Thomas Williams

4. Thomas Aquinas: Treatise on God (selection) Translated by William P. Baumgarth and Richard J. Regan

5. William Paley: Natural Theology (selection)

6. David Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (selection)

7. Richard Dawkins: The Blind Watchmaker (selection)


8. *Augustine: On Free Choice of the Will (selection)Translated by Thomas Williams

9. J. L. Mackie: Evil and Omnipotence (complete)

10. John Hick: The Problem of Evil (selection)


11. Blaise Pascal: Pensées (selection)Translated by A. J. Krailsheimer

12. William James: The Will to Believe (selection)

Ch. 3 Theories of Knowledge

13. Plato: Republic (selection) Translated by G. M. A. Grube, revised by C. D. C. Reeve

14. Rene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy (selection) Translated by John Cottingham

15. John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (selection)

16. George Berkeley: Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous (selection)

17. David Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (selection)

18. Immanuel Kant: Critique of Pure Reason (selection) Translated by Paul Guyer and Allen W. Wood

19. *Alison M. Jaggar: Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology (selection)

Ch. 4 Philosophy of Mind


20. Rene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy (selection) Translated by John Cottingham

21. D. M. Armstrong: The Nature of Mind (complete)


22. Thomas Nagel: What Is It Like to Be a Bat? (complete)

23. *David Chalmers: Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness (selection)


24. Pali Canon: The Middle-Length Discourses of the Buddha (selection) Translated by Nyanamoli Thera

25. David Hume: A Treatise of Human Nature (selection)

26. Daniel C. Dennett: The Origins of Selves (complete)

Ch. 5 Free Will and Determinism


27. Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d’Holbach: Of the System of Man’s Free Agency (selection) Translated by H. D. Robinson

28. John Hospers: The Range of Human Freedom (selection)


29. William James: The Dilemma of Determinism (selection)

30. Richard Taylor: Freedom and Determinism (selection)


31. W. T. Stace: The Problem of Morals (selection)

32. Nancy Holmstrom: Firming Up Soft Determinism (complete)

Ch. 6 Ethics


33. Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (selection) Translated by Christopher Rowe

34. Thomas Aquinas: Treatise on Law (selection) Translated by Richard J. Regan

35. Immanuel Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (selection) Translated by Mary Gregor

36. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism (selection)


37. *Soren Kierkegaard: Is There a Teleological Suspension of the Ethical? (complete) Translated by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong

38. Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil (selection) Translated by Judith Norman

39. Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialism Is a Humanism (selection) Translated by Philip Mairet

40. James Rachels: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism (selection) Revised by Stuart Rachels

41. Rita C. Manning: Just Caring (selection)

Ch. 7 Political and Social Philosophy

42. Plato: Crito (complete) Translated by G. M. A. Grube, revised by John M. Cooper

43. Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan (selection)

44. John Locke: The Second Treatise of Government (selection)

45. Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (selection)

46. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Manifesto of the Communist Party (selection) Translated by Samuel Moore

47. John Stuart Mill: On Liberty (selection)

48. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail (complete)

49. John Rawls: A Theory of Justice (selection)

50. *Joseph Raz: Multiculturalism (complete)

Appendix: Logic and Argumentation


Sources and Credits

Index of Authors and Titles
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