Philosophies for Living / Edition 1by Robert Michael Timko, Joan Whitman Hoff
This interdisciplinary and intercultural anthology approaches some fundamental philosophical questions with a focus on the “self” — and its discovery, limitations, possibilities, and contexts. Numerous readings and a wide variety of voices include Africans, Natives, Hispanic Americans, religious traditions outside dominant/b>/b>… See more details below
This interdisciplinary and intercultural anthology approaches some fundamental philosophical questions with a focus on the “self” — and its discovery, limitations, possibilities, and contexts. Numerous readings and a wide variety of voices include Africans, Natives, Hispanic Americans, religious traditions outside dominant Christian philosophies, and European and Asian traditions. These narratives, poetry selections, and discursive arguments either reinforce or challenge each other and traditional thoughts and beliefs — about human nature, the natural world, race and gender, the good life, society, culture and morality, relationships with others, and religion. For risk-takers who are not afraid to question popular beliefs in order to discover which ones are true to his or her own self.
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Table of Contents
1. Taking Risks/Living Philosophically.
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus. Plato, The Allegory of the Cave. Richard Wright, The Library Card. Hermann Hesse, Govinda. John Stuart Mill, A Balanced Learning. Marge Piercy, To Be of Use. Gloria Steinem, Unlearning. Bertrand Russell, The Value of Philosophy.
2. Discovering the Nature of Our Human Self.
Biblical Conceptions of Human Nature. Kwame Gyekye, African Dualism. Rene Descartes, Meditations and Correspondence [Meditations II and VI, Letters]. Gilbert Ryle, Descartes' Ghost. Eve Browning Cole, An Embodied Self. Buddhist Scripture, The Doctrine of the Not-Self. Chang Tzu, The Identity of Contraries. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Identity and Personality.
3. Discovery the Self as a Social Reality.
Mary McCarthy, Names. George Herbert Mead, The Social Self. Arthur Bierman, The Relatent Notion of Personhood. W.H. Auden, The Unknown Citizen. Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition. Charles Taylor, Strains of Modern Identity. Jean Paul Sartre, Existentialism. John Mohawk, Spiritualism and the Law of Peace.
4. Race and Ethnic Identity.
Naomi Zack, Racial and Ethnic Identity. Hannah Arendt, Race and Bureaucracy. W.E.B. Dubois, The Soul of Black Folk. Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecouer, What is an American. James Baldwin, Stranger in the Village. Samuel Betances, Race and Identity. Paula Gunn Allen, Where I Come From is Like This. U.S. Department of State, National Socialism: Volk and Racial Supremacy.
5. Class Identity.
The Mahabharata, On the Origin and Value of the Four Castes. Aristotle, Master and Slave. Karl Marx, Alienated Labor. Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb, The Divided Self. Donna Langston, Tired of Playing Monopoly? Catherine Macleod, Bob and Cathie's Daughter: Why I Call Myself Working Class. Peter Marin, Helping and Hating the Homeless. Diana Pearce, The Feminization of Poverty.
6. Sexuality and Gender Identity.
Plato, Aristophanes' Story of Divided Selves. Richard Mohr, Prejudice and Homosexuality. John Stoltenberg, How Men Have (a) Sex. Jean Paul Sartre, Intimacy. Thomas Aquinas, On the Production of Woman. Simone de Beauvoir, Women are not Our brothers. Marilyn Frye, Oppression. Rayna Green, Culture and Gender in Indian America.
7. The Self in Context: Marriage and Parenthood.
Margaret Atwood, Happy Endings. Rig-Veda and the Manusmirti, 'Marriage' and 'The Role of Women.' Immanuel Kant, On Marriage. John McMurty, Monogamy: A Critique. Carolynne Timko, Motherhood: A Sociopolitical Concept. Bonnie Steinbock, Surrogate Motherhood. Thomas W. Laqueur, The Facts of Fatherhood. Joan Whitman Hoff, The Other Woman.
8. The Self and Religious Experience.
Bhagavad Gita, Cosmic Law and Spiritual Life. Leo Tolstoy, Faith and the Meaning of Life. Cynthia Ozick, The Riddle of the Ordinary. William James, The Unseen Order. Elie Wiesel, The Sacrifice of Isaac. Chief Red Jacket and the Missionary, A Dialogue. Carol P. Christ, Why Women Need the Goddess. Kwasi Wiredu, Religion From an African Perspective. Lin Yutang, Chinese Paganism.
9. Taking Risks/Acting Philosophically.
Plato, Socrates' Apology. Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus. Confucius, Analects. St. Matthew, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Søren Kierkegaard, Living a Human Life. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From the Birmingham Jail. Sara Ruddick, A Women's Politics of Resistance. Eagle Man, We Are All Related. Paulo Freire, Education for a Critical Consciousness.
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