The eleventh edition of this renowned, topically organized anthology provides a superb balance of historical selections and recent material. The text covers reason and religious belief, human knowledge, mind and its place in nature, determinism, free will and responsibility, and morality and its critics in five parts with careful attention to opposing points of view.
Rather than taking a smorgasbord approach to introducing students to philosophy, this 11th generation text provides two dozen classic and contemporary readings in representative problem areas: reason and religious belief, the grounds and limits of human knowledge, the place of mind in nature, and challenges to standard concepts of morality. Each section is introduced by Feinberg (U. of Arizona) and Shafer-Landau (U. of Kansas). Includes ten new selections specifically addressed to beginning students; a specially commissioned article offering a new theory of libertarianism; updated translations; and an updated glossary. Lacks an index and dates of previous editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"It's a large book, with a nearly exhaustive list of the most important philosophical topics, represented by excellent selections, with helpful online material. It is the best philosophy textbook of its type."
"REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY gives excellent coverage of both topics and canonical authors, and is thus an ideal text for any Intro. Phil. course that is topically organized but wishes to cover the historical bases, as well."
"A broad anthology appropriate for an Introductory course in Philosophy and/or Ethics."
"Extremely thorough text with very carefully chosen texts, threaded together nicely."
"A topical introduction to philosophy, good resource for a strongly analytic, strongly epistemologically oriented intro class."
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Meet the Author
Joel Feinberg (Professor Emeritus, late of University of Arizona) was widely recognized as one of America's leading political and social philosophers. Acclaimed both for his ground-breaking scholarship and his exemplary teaching skills, Feinberg published widely on topics such as individual rights, legal theory, capital punishment, the treatment of the mentally ill, civil disobedience, and environmental ethics. Before joining the University of Arizona faculty, he taught at Brown, Princeton, and Rockefeller universities. Feinberg was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1987-88 to work in Japan and served as chairman of the National Board of Officers in the American Philosophical Association in the mid-1980s. Some of the royalties from Reason and Responsibility have been used to establish the Regents Professor Joel Feinberg Dissertation Fellowship in Philosophy at the University of Arizona.
Russ Shafer-Landau received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he focuses on ethical theory and philosophy of the law. He is the author of THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ETHICS; MORAL REALISM; A DEFENCE; AND WHATEVER HAPPENED TO GOOD AND EVIL? He also serves as series editor for Oxford Studies in Metaethics.