Philosophy: The Pursuit of Wisdom / Edition 4

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This topically organized text reflects the historical development of ideas in Pojman's clear and enthusiastic style. Beginning with an inquiry into the nature and purpose of philosophy, it moves through traditional topics and concludes with an exploration into existentialism and the meaning of life.
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Editorial Reviews

This book opens with immediate interest: on the inside front cover and first flyleaf is an alphabetical listing of almost 90 philosophers in alphabetical order with their dates, and then a list of the same philosophers in chronological order. The book is divided into an introduction about logic and the origins of philosophy in Greece, and subsequent sections on the philosophy of religion, the theory of mind, the philosophy of mind, free will and determinism, ethics, and lastly, existentialism and the meaning of life. Third edition changes include 11 revised chapters, a new section on fallacies, developed material on the pre-Socratics, added material on the empiricist/rationalist debate, and a newly available instructor's manual. An appendix gives concise instructions on how to write a philosophy paper, and a glossary is also featured. Pojman received his Ph.D. from Oxford and has been using his textbook to teach at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534605520
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384

Meet the Author

Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.
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Table of Contents

Preface. A Personal Word to the Student. PART I: INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY. 1. What is Philosophy? 2. A Little Bit of Logic. 3. The Rise of the Greek Sophists and Socrates. PART II: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION. 4. The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God. 5. The Teleological Argument for the Existence of God. 6. The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God. 7. The Argument from Religious Experience. 8. The Problem of Evil. 9. Faith and Reason. PART III: THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE. 10. What Can We Know? 11. Why not Skepticism? 12. Perception. PART IV: PHILOSOPHY OF MIND. 13. The Mind Body Problem. 14. Material Monism. 15. Functionalism and Biological Naturalism. 16. Who Am I? The Problem of Personal Identity. 17. Is There Life After Death? Personal Identity and Immortality. PART V: FREEDOM OF THE WILL AND DETERMINISM. 18. Determinism. 19. Libertarianism. 20. Compatibilism: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too. PART VI: ETHICS. 21. What is Morality? 22. Ethical Relativism Versus Ethical Objectivism. 23. Egoism, Selflove, and Altruism. 24. Utilitarianism: The Structure of Ethics. 25. Kantian Deontological Ethics. 26. Religion and Ethics. PART VII: EXISTENTIALISM AND THE MEANING OF LIFE. 27. Existentialism. Appendix: How to Read and Write a Philosophy Paper. Glossary. Index.
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