Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions

Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions

by Garrett J. DeWeese, J. P. Moreland
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0830827668

ISBN-13: 9780830827664

Pub. Date: 10/11/2005

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

From time to time we all face life's big questions . . .

What is real?How do we know what we know?What is right?Who or what am I?How should we view science and its claims?

And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking, Perhaps what I need is a good dose of philosophy. It's a shame philosophy is so difficult.

Garrett DeWeese and J. P.

Overview

From time to time we all face life's big questions . . .

What is real?How do we know what we know?What is right?Who or what am I?How should we view science and its claims?

And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking, Perhaps what I need is a good dose of philosophy. It's a shame philosophy is so difficult.

Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland understand this frustration and in this book offer help to make philosophy at least slightly less difficult. In straightforward language with everyday examples, they explain the basics needed to understand philosophical concepts and thus bring clarity to discussions of life's big questions.

Students, pastors, campus workers and ordinary Christians will all benefit from this user-friendly guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830827664
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Pages:
171
Sales rank:
314,154
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Where Do I Start?
Logic
Method
Philosophy and Theology
2. What Is Real?
Metaphysics
Getting Started
The Problem of Universals
Identity
Substances, Essences and Natures
Modality: The Necessary, the Possible and the Actual
3. How Do I Know?
Epistemology
Kinds of Knowledge
What Is Knowledge?
The Problem of Skepticism
Concluding Applications
4. How Should I Live?
Ethics
Metaethics
Normative Ethics
Why Be Moral?
5. What Am I?
Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
Philosophy of Mind
Consciousness and Property Dualism
The Self and Substance Dualism
Objections to Dualism
A Critique of Physicalist Alternatives to Dualism
Freedom and Determinism
Theological Implications of the Free Will Debate
6. How Should Christians Think About Science?
Philosophy of Science
Where Do We Go for Help?
She Blinded Me with Science (Scientism)
Theistic Science and Methodological Naturalism
The Realism/Antirealism Debate
Models for Integrating Science and Theology
7. Where Do I Go From Here?
Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis
Saving the Soul and Saving the Mind
For Further Reading
Notes
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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