An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis / Edition 4

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This book provides an in-depth, problem-oriented introduction to philosophical analysis using an extremely clear, readable approach. The Fourth Edition does not only update coverage throughout the book, but also restores the introductory chapter—Words and the World—the most distinguished, widely acclaimed feature of the first two editions.

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An undergraduate textbook first published in 1953 and most recently in 1988. A major change in the fourth edition is the return of the introductory chapter on philosophy and language, which had been dropped from the third edition. The style is conversational and the concepts are presented in examples. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132663052
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/4/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,094,614
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Words and the World: Language and Reality.

Philosophical Questions.

Words and Things.




Ostensive Definition.


2. What Can We Know? Knowledge.

What is Knowing?

The Sources of Knowledge.


3. What Is the World Like? Perceiving the World.

Common-Sense Realism.

Berkeley's Idealism.

The Attack on Foundations.


4. The Way the World Works: Scientific Knowledge.

Laws of Nature.




The Problem of Induction.


5. What Is and What Must Be: Freedom and Necessity.


Kant and the Synthetic Apriori.


Determinism and Freedom.


6. What Am I? Mind and Body.

The Physical and the Mental.

The Relation Between the Physical and the Mental.

Personal Identity.


7. What Else Is There? Philosophy of Religion.

Religious Experience.

The Ongological Argument.

The Cosmological Argument.

The Argument from Miracles.

The Teleological Argument (The Argument from Design).

Anthropomorphism and Mysticism.


8. The Is and the Ought: Problems in Ethics.


The Good.

Theories of Conduct.


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