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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534552114
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Philosophy
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 710
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Eighth Edition vii
Part I Introduction 1
Chapter 1 The Nature of Philosophy
1.1 Introduction: What Is Philosophy? 4
1.2 The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy 11
1.3 An Example of Philosophy: Socrates 18
1.4 The Value of Philosophy 32
1.5 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 40
1.6 Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers 42
1.7 Readings 47
1.8 Appendix: A Look at Logic 51
1.9 Suggestions for Further Reading 72
Chapter 2 Human Nature
2.1 Introduction: Why Study Human Nature? 76
2.2 What Is Human Nature? 81
2.3 How Do Mind and Body Relate? 104
2.4 Is There an Enduring Self? 118
2.5 Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals? 130
2.6 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 140
2.7 Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius 144
2.8 Readings 162
2.9 Suggestions for Further Reading 172
Part II Metaphysics 175
Chapter 3 Reality and Being
3.1 Introduction: What Is Real? 178
3.2 Reality: Material or Nonmaterial? 182
3.3 Reality in Pragmatism 200
3.4 Reality and Logical Positivism 205
3.5 Antirealism: The New Idealists 211
3.6 Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism 218
3.7 Is Freedom Real? 231
3.8 Is Time Real? 241
3.9 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 247
3.10 Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley 250
3.11 Readings 261
3.12 Suggestions for Further Reading 272
Chapter 4 Philosophy and God
4.1 Introduction: What Is Religion? 276
4.2 Does God Exist? 280
4.3 Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil 293
4.4 Traditional Religious Belief and Experience 302
4.5 Nontraditional Religious Experience 309
4.6 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 325
4.7 Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway 328
4.8 Readings 344
4.9 Suggestions for Further Reading 355
Part III Epistemology 357
Chapter 5 The Sources of Knowledge
5.1 Introduction: Why Is Knowledge a Problem? 360
5.2 Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge? 366
5.3 Can the Senses Account for All Our Knowledge? 378
5.4 Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World? 393
5.5 Does Science Give Us Knowledge? 402
5.6 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 415
5.7 Historical Showcase: Hume 418
5.8 Readings 425
5.9 Suggestions for Further Reading 434
Chapter 6 Truth
6.1 Introduction: Belief, Knowledge, and Truth 436
6.2 What Is Truth? 441
6.3 Does Science Give Us Truth? 464
6.4 Can Interpretations Be True? 471
6.5 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 481
6.6 Historical Showcase: Kant 484
6.7 Readings 494
6.8 Suggestions for Further Reading 504
Part IV Values 507
Chapter 7 Ethics
7.1 Introduction: What Is Ethics? 510
7.2 Is Ethics Relative? 515
7.3 Do Consequences Make an Action Right? 519
7.4 Do Rules Define Morality? 531
7.5 Is Ethics Based on Character? 554
7.6 Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries? 565
7.7 Ethics and Moral Responsibility 576
7.8 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 582
7.9 Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft 584
7.10 Readings 595
7.11 Suggestions for Further Reading 603
Chapter 8 Social Philosophy
8.1 Introduction: What Is Social Philosophy? 606
8.2 What Justifies the State? 608
8.3 What Is Justice? 627
8.4 Law and Civil Disobedience 646
8.5 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 657
8.6 Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls 661
8.7 Readings 674
8.8 Suggestions for Further Reading 681
Chapter 9 Postscript: Art and Meaning
9.1 Introduction 684
9.2 What Is Art? 686
9.3 Does Life Have Meaning? 702
9.4 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 714
9.5 Suggestions for Further Reading 715
Glossary 717
Index 723
Art Acknowledgments 739
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