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Fifty Readings in Philosophy is designed for an introductory course in philosophy that uses primary texts. The readings are from classical Western philosophers, contemporary authors writing in that tradition, and feminist authors. These readings were selected on the basis of their cogency of thought, clarity of expression, historical significance, diversity of views, and accessibility. They are organized into seven thematic chapters: the nature of philosophy; philosophy of religion; theories of knowledge; philosophy of mind; free will and determinism; ethics; and political and social philosophy.
Donald C. Abel is Professor of Philosophy at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, an M.A. in Philosophy from Tulane University, a Ph.L. in Philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute, an M.Div. in Theology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University. He is the author of Freud on Instinct and Morality (1989), Theories of Human Nature: Classical and Contemporary Readings (McGraw-Hill, 1992), Fifty Readings in Philosophy (McGraw Hill, 3d ed., 2008). He is the editor of Discourses (www.primisdiscourses.com), an electronic database of philosophy readings that is part of Primis, McGraw-Hill’s online resource for creating customized textbooks. Professor Abel has received two awards for excellence in teaching and an award for outstanding scholarship. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
*indicates a reading new to this edition+indicates new translation for this edition Chapter 1: What is Philosophy? +1. Plato, Euthyphro Translated by G. M. A. Grube, revised by John M. Cooper 2. Bertrand Russell, The Value of Philosophy Chapter 2: Philosophy of Religion A. The Existence of God +3. Anselm, Proslogion and Exchange with Gaunilo Translated by Thomas Williams +4. Thomas Aquinas, Treatise on God Translated by William P. Baumgarth and Richard J. Regan 5. William Paley, Natural Theology 6. David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion 7. Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker B. The Problem of Evil 8. J.L. Mackie, Evil and Omnipotence 9. John Hick, The Problem of Evil C. Faith and Reason *10. Blaise Pascal, Pensees 11. William James, The Will to Believe Chapter 3: Theories of Knowledge +12. Plato, Republic Translated by G. M. A. Grube, revised by C. D. C. Reeve +13. Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy Translated by John Cottingham (and more...)