Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life

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Overview

Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life is a hybrid text/reader that helps students understand, appreciate, and even do philosophy. The book emphasizes philosophical writing, reinforced with step-by-step coaching in how to write argumentative essays and supported by multiple opportunities to hone critical thinking. It shows students how philosophy applies to their own lives and brings the subject to life with engaging chapter-ending literary selections, abundant illustrations, and a wealth of pedagogical features.

FEATURES:

* A comprehensive introductory chapter lays the groundwork for philosophical thinking

* Six types of text boxes—"Philosophy Now," "Philosophers at Work," "Philosophy Lab," "What Do You Believe," "Writing to Understand: Critiquing Philosophical Views," and "Writing to Understand: Arguing Your Own Views" demonstrate the value and relevance of philosophy

* Additional pedagogical elements make the material even more engaging and accessible. These include marginal critical-thinking questions, marginal quotes, a timeline, key terms (boldfaced at their first appearance and listed and defined at the end of each chapter), marginal definitions, and a glossary.

* Charts, tables, and color photos keep students visually engaged

* Fictional or narrative selections— followed by "Probing Questions"—at the end of each chapter explore and dramatize the philosophical issues discussed

* A "How to Write a Philosophy Paper" appendix offers concise, step-by-step guidance in crafting an effective philosophical essay

* An Instructor's Manual and Test Bank on CD features chapter summaries, reading summaries, lecture outlines in PowerPoint format, and objective test questions for use in exams or midterms

* A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/vaughn contains all the material from the Instructor's Manual and Test Bank along with student resources including interactive quizzes, flashcards with key words, and helpful web links

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Philosophy Here and Now fully relates philosophy to students' lives and teaches them how to do philosophy. Students are encouraged to think critically and to write from the standpoint of doing analytic work and structuring argumentation effectively."—Michael Sturm, Kishwaukee College

"Lewis Vaughn's style is exemplary. It is clear, engaging, concise, and logical—and by far more student-friendly than similar textbooks."—Gary Pagels, Northwest Community College

"Philosophy Here and Now shows students that philosophy is a way of life that concerns issues of great import that every human being will have to face at some time or other. The book's pedagogical features do an excellent job of engaging students in a 'real-world' context."—Marcos Arandia, North Lake College

"I have not encountered a text that does a better job of explaining difficult concepts and also challenging students on their own views."—Jesse A. Switzer, University of Mississippi

"Vaughn's examples from literature and real-life situations are engaging, diverse, and illuminating."—David Lopez, American River College

"The pedagogical features are far superior to the text I currently use. This is an excellent introductory philosophy text with emphasis on logic and on applications of philosophical ideas to real-life situations."—Ruth E. Zollars, Neosho County Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199765225
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 49,317
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of several books including The Power of Critical Thinking, Fourth Edition (2012), Great Philosophical Arguments (2011), Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Eighth Edition (2011), Contemporary Moral Arguments (2010), and The Moral Life, Fourth Edition (2010), all published by Oxford University Press.

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Table of Contents

Each chapter includes Review Notes, Key Terms, Probing Questions (which follow the literary selections), and Suggestions For Further Reading.

Preface
CHAPTER 1. PHILOSOPHY AND YOU
1.1 PHILOSOPHY: THE QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING
The Good of Philosophy
Philosophical Terrain
1.2 SOCRATES AND THE EXAMINED LIFE
PLATO: The Republic
1.3 THINKING PHILOSOPHICALLY
Reasons and Arguments
Reading Philosophy
Fallacious Reasoning
Argument Exercises
Narrative: Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates
CHAPTER 2. GOD AND RELIGION
2.1 OVERVIEW: GOD AND PHILOSOPHY
Why Religion Matters
Overview: The Philosopher's Quest
Belief and Disbelief
2.2 ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
Cosmological Arguments
AQUINAS: Summa Theologica
CRAIG: Reasonable Faith
Design Arguments
PALEY: Natural Theology
HUME: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
Ontological Arguments
ANSELM: Proslogium
KANT: Critique of Pure Reason
2.3 GOD AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL
Rowe's Argument from Evil
ROWE: Philosophy of Religion
The Free Will Defense
SWINBURNE: Is There a God?
The Soul-Making Defense
HICK: Evil and the God of Love
2.4 THEISM AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
ST. TERESA OF AVILA: The Life of Teresa of Jesus
MACKIE: The Miracle of Theism
ROWE: Philosophy of Religion
SWINBURNE: The Existence of God
2.5 BELIEF WITHOUT REASON
James: Pragmatic Faith
JAMES: "The Will to Believe"
MARTIN: Atheism: A Philosophical Justification
Pascal: Betting on God
PASCAL: Pensées and Other Writings
2.6 BUDDHISM: AN EASTERN WAY
SUMEDHO: Buddha-Nature
RAHULA: What the Buddha Taught
Fiction: Arthur C. Clarke, "The Star"
CHAPTER 3. MORALITY AND THE MORAL LIFE
3.1 OVERVIEW: ETHICS AND THE MORAL DOMAIN
Ethics and Morality
Moral Theories
Religion and Morality
SHAFER-LANDAU: Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?
3.2 MORAL RELATIVISM
Subjective Relativism
Cultural Relativism
3.3 MORALITY BASED ON CONSEQUENCES
Utilitarianism
MILL: "What Utilitarianism Is"
Ethical Egoism
3.4 MORALITY BASED ON DUTY AND RIGHTS
KANT: Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
3.5 MORALITY BASED ON CHARACTER
ARISTOTLE: Nicomachean Ethics
SHAFER-LANDAU: The Fundamentals of Ethics
3.6 FEMINIST ETHICS AND THE ETHICS OF CARE
JAGGAR: "Feminist Ethics"
CROSTHWAITE: "Gender and Bioethics"
HELD: The Ethics of Care
BAIER: "The Need for More Than Justice"
3.7 ALBERT CAMUS: AN EXISTENTIALIST VOICE
CAMUS: The Myth of Sisyphus
Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
CHAPTER 4. MIND AND BODY
4.1 OVERVIEW: THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM
4.2 SUBSTANCE DUALISM
DESCARTES: Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason
SCHICK: Doing Philosophy
DESCARTES: Meditations on First Philosophy
SEARLE: Mind
4.3 MIND-BODY IDENTITY
SMART: "Sensations and Brain Processes"
CHALMERS: The Conscious Mind
NAGEL: "What Is It Like to Be a Bat?"
4.4 THE MIND AS SOFTWARE
FODOR: "The Mind-Body Problem"
BLOCK: "Troubles with Functionalism"
SEARLE: Mind
4.5 THE MIND AS PROPERTIES
CHALMERS: The Conscious Mind
Fiction: Terry Bisson, "They're Made Out of Meat"
CHAPTER 5. FREE WILL AND DETERMINISM
5.1 OVERVIEW: THE FREE WILL PROBLEM
5.2 DETERMINISM AND INDETERMINISM
D'HOLBACH: "Of the System of Man's Free Agency"
JAMES: "The Dilemma of Determinism"
5.3 COMPATIBILISM
LOCKE: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
STACE: Religion and the Modern Mind
ROWE: "Two Concepts of Freedom"
5.4 LIBERTARIANISM
VAN INWAGEN: An Essay on Free Will
TAYLOR: Metaphysics
5.5 SARTRE'S PROFOUND FREEDOM
SARTRE: "Existentialism Is a Humanism"
Fiction: Thomas D. Davis, "A Little Omniscience Goes a Long Way"
CHAPTER 6. KNOWLEDGE AND SKEPTICISM
6.1 OVERVIEW: THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE
6.2 THE RATIONALIST ROAD
Plato's Rationalism
PLATO: Meno
Descartes' Doubt
DESCARTES: Meditations on First Philosophy
Descartes' Certainty
DESCARTES: Meditations on First Philosophy
6.3 THE EMPIRICIST TURN
Locke
LOCKE: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Berkeley
BERKELEY: Of the Principles of Human Knowledge
Hume
HUME: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
6.4 THE KANTIAN COMPROMISE
KANT: Critique of Pure Reason
6.5 A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE ON KNOWLEDGE
AINLEY: "Feminist Philosophy"
ANTONY: "Embodiment and Epistemology"
ANDERSON: "Feminist Epistemology"
COLE: Philosophy and Feminist Criticism
Fiction: Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
CHAPTER 7. THE JUST SOCIETY
7.1 OVERVIEW: JUSTICE AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
7.2 PLATO'S THEORY: JUSTICE AS MERIT
PLATO: The Republic
7.3 SOCIAL CONTRACT THEORIES
Hobbes
HOBBES: Leviathan
Locke
LOCKE: Second Treatise of Government
Rawls
RAWLS: A Theory of Justice
7.4 SOCIALIST THEORIES
MARX AND ENGELS: Manifesto of the Communist Party
7.5 FEMINISM AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
OKIN: Justice, Gender, and the Family
MILLER: Political Philosophy
Fiction: William Golding, Lord of the Flies
CHAPTER 8. THE MEANING OF LIFE
8.1 OVERVIEW: PHILOSOPHY AND THE MEANING OF LIFE
8.2 PESSIMISM: LIFE HAS NO MEANING
TOLSTOY: My Confession
SCHOPENHAUER: On the Sufferings of the World
BAGGINI: What's It All About?
8.3 OPTIMISM: LIFE CAN HAVE MEANING
Meaning from Above
TOLSTOY: My Confession
BAGGINI What's It All About?
Meaning from Below
EDWARDS: The Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Fiction: Voltaire, "The Good Brahmin"

Appendix A. Answers to Exercises
Appendix B. How to Write a Philosophy Paper
Notes
Glossary
Credits
Index of Marginal Questions
General Index

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