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Engaging and compelling on every page, Velasquez's text helps you explore and understand philosophy while it helps you appreciate the relevance of philosophy to your day-to-day life and the larger social world. This trusted text combines clear prose and primary source readings to take you on a meaningful exploration of a range of philosophical topics, such as human nature, reality, truth, ethics, the meaning of life, diversity, and social/political philosophy. Carefully crafted built-in learning aids help you quickly master the material and succeed in your course.

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"Professor Velasquez has written an introduction to philosophy which embodies the results of a lifetime devoted to philosophy. His book is mellow with a very human, personal flavor, while it also presents the reasonings and the contentions of the various schools. It not only asserts that philosophy deals with life, but it proceeds to do so. . . . The text is organized extremely well according to the traditional divisions of philosophy."

"Well-written and organized introduction to philosophy that contains a balanced treatment of the major issues and problems of the discipline. . . . Major philosophical topics are well-covered in each chapter."

"Velasquez has taken an even-handed approach to some of the most significant controversies in philosophy. . . . Velasquez has put together excellent resources for a problems approach to introducing philosophy, including both solid orientations to classic problems and questions and selected excerpts. . . . The coverage of topics in philosophy is excellent for the level of the text."

"A clear, thorough introduction to philosophy with an emphasis on the development of contemporary philosophical issues. . . . Velasquez is able to (1) clearly explain and (2) motivate all sides of a philosophical issue."

"Comprehensive, interactive, topically driven."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133612100
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 180,613
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Having received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, Manuel Velasquez now serves as the Charles Dirksen Professor of Business Ethics at Santa Clara University. He teaches courses in the Leavey School of Business in the Legal, Political, and Social Environment of the Firm, in Business Strategy, and in Business Ethics. Professor Velasquez's research interests lie in the field of business ethics, and he has published numerous articles in journals such as the ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW, THE BUSINESS ETHICS QUARTERLY, SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH, and THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS JOURNAL.

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Table of Contents

1. THE NATURE OF PHILOSOPHY. What Is Philosophy? The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy. A Philosopher in Action: Socrates. The Value of Philosophy. Chapter Summary. Reading. Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers. 2. HUMAN NATURE. Why Does Your View of Human Nature Matter? What Is Human Nature? The Mind—Body Problem: How Do Mind and Body Relate? Is There an Enduring Self? Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals? Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius. 3. REALITY AND BEING. What Is Real? Reality: Material or Nonmaterial? Reality in Pragmatism. Reality and Logical Postivism. Antirealism: The Heir of Pragmatism and Idealism. Encountering Being: Reality in Phenomenology and Existentialism. Is Freedom Real? Is Time Real? Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley. 4. PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION, AND GOD. The Significance of Religion. Defining Religion. Does God Exist? Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil. Traditional Religious Belief and Experience. Nontraditional Religious Experience. Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway. 5. THE SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE. Why Is Knowledge a Problem? Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge? Can the Senses Account for All Our Knowledge? Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World? Does Science Give Us Knowledge? Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Hume. 6. TRUTH. Knowledge, Truth, and Justification. What Is Truth? Does Science Give Us Truth? Can Interpretations Be True? Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Kant. 7. ETHICS. What Is Ethics? Is Ethics Relative? Do Consequences Make an Action Right? Do Rules Define Morality? Is Ethics Based on Character? Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries? Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft. 8. SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY. What Is Social and Political Philosophy? What Justifies the State? What Is Justice? Limits on the State. Chapter Summary. Readings. Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls. 9. POSTSCRIPT: THE MEANING OF LIFE. Does Life Have Meaning? The Theistic Response to Meaning. Meaning and Human Progress. The Nihilist Rejection of Meaning. Meaning as a Self-Chosen Commitment. Chapter Summary. Glossary. Suggestions for Further Reading. Index.

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