Philosophy: A Text with Readings / Edition 7

Philosophy: A Text with Readings / Edition 7

by Manuel G. Velasquez, Velasquez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0534552110

ISBN-13: 9780534552114

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Wadsworth

Combining clear, accessible prose and many primary sources, Velasquez provides a complete introduction to philosophy in an engaging and meaningful way. He provides attention to topics not always covered in other texts, including feminist theory, continental philosophy, diversity, and aesthetics. The chapter organization encourages thinking and studying in amounts

Overview

Combining clear, accessible prose and many primary sources, Velasquez provides a complete introduction to philosophy in an engaging and meaningful way. He provides attention to topics not always covered in other texts, including feminist theory, continental philosophy, diversity, and aesthetics. The chapter organization encourages thinking and studying in amounts students can master while examples and questions help connect philosophy to their personal experiences. In addition to the chapter-end readings, which permit students to work with primary source material, Historical Showcases readings put development of ideas into context for a "big picture" view.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534552114
Publisher:
Wadsworth
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Philosophy
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
710
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Eighth Editionvii
Part IIntroduction1
Chapter 1The Nature of Philosophy
1.1Introduction: What Is Philosophy?4
1.2The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy11
1.3An Example of Philosophy: Socrates18
1.4The Value of Philosophy32
1.5Chapter Summary and Conclusions40
1.6Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers42
1.7Readings47
1.8Appendix: A Look at Logic51
1.9Suggestions for Further Reading72
Chapter 2Human Nature
2.1Introduction: Why Study Human Nature?76
2.2What Is Human Nature?81
2.3How Do Mind and Body Relate?104
2.4Is There an Enduring Self?118
2.5Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals?130
2.6Chapter Summary and Conclusions140
2.7Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius144
2.8Readings162
2.9Suggestions for Further Reading172
Part IIMetaphysics175
Chapter 3Reality and Being
3.1Introduction: What Is Real?178
3.2Reality: Material or Nonmaterial?182
3.3Reality in Pragmatism200
3.4Reality and Logical Positivism205
3.5Antirealism: The New Idealists211
3.6Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism218
3.7Is Freedom Real?231
3.8Is Time Real?241
3.9Chapter Summary and Conclusions247
3.10Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley250
3.11Readings261
3.12Suggestions for Further Reading272
Chapter 4Philosophy and God
4.1Introduction: What Is Religion?276
4.2Does God Exist?280
4.3Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil293
4.4Traditional Religious Belief and Experience302
4.5Nontraditional Religious Experience309
4.6Chapter Summary and Conclusions325
4.7Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway328
4.8Readings344
4.9Suggestions for Further Reading355
Part IIIEpistemology357
Chapter 5The Sources of Knowledge
5.1Introduction: Why Is Knowledge a Problem?360
5.2Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge?366
5.3Can the Senses Account for All Our Knowledge?378
5.4Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World?393
5.5Does Science Give Us Knowledge?402
5.6Chapter Summary and Conclusions415
5.7Historical Showcase: Hume418
5.8Readings425
5.9Suggestions for Further Reading434
Chapter 6Truth
6.1Introduction: Belief, Knowledge, and Truth436
6.2What Is Truth?441
6.3Does Science Give Us Truth?464
6.4Can Interpretations Be True?471
6.5Chapter Summary and Conclusions481
6.6Historical Showcase: Kant484
6.7Readings494
6.8Suggestions for Further Reading504
Part IVValues507
Chapter 7Ethics
7.1Introduction: What Is Ethics?510
7.2Is Ethics Relative?515
7.3Do Consequences Make an Action Right?519
7.4Do Rules Define Morality?531
7.5Is Ethics Based on Character?554
7.6Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries?565
7.7Ethics and Moral Responsibility576
7.8Chapter Summary and Conclusions582
7.9Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft584
7.10Readings595
7.11Suggestions for Further Reading603
Chapter 8Social Philosophy
8.1Introduction: What Is Social Philosophy?606
8.2What Justifies the State?608
8.3What Is Justice?627
8.4Law and Civil Disobedience646
8.5Chapter Summary and Conclusions657
8.6Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls661
8.7Readings674
8.8Suggestions for Further Reading681
Chapter 9Postscript: Art and Meaning
9.1Introduction684
9.2What Is Art?686
9.3Does Life Have Meaning?702
9.4Chapter Summary and Conclusions714
9.5Suggestions for Further Reading715
Glossary717
Index723
Art Acknowledgments739

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