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For Introduction to Philosophy courses.

The Philosopher's Way, 2/e inspires students to think like a philosopher. Integrated readings, interspersed with commentary, guide students in their understanding of the topics, while critical thinking activities challenge students to go beyond their reading to explore the connections philosophy has on their everyday lives. Full-color visuals bring topics to life, and writing examples give students a foundation for their own philosophical exploration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136141389
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/11/2008
  • Series: MyPhilosophyKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

John Chaffee, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York where he has developed a program in Philosophy and Critical Thinking which involves 25 faculty and 3,000 students annually. He is a nationally recognized figure in the area of critical thinking, having authored several leading books, many professional articles and conducted numerous conference presentations and workshops throughout the country. In developing programs to teach people to think more effectively in all academic subjects and areas of life, he has received grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Ford Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was selected as New York Educator of the Year (1992) and received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Diversity in Teaching in Higher Education (1998).

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Table of Contents

The Philosopher's Way: A Text with Readings, 2nd Edition

Thinking Philosophically About Life

Socrates and the Examined Life
Consciousness, Identity, and the Soul
Freedom and Determinism
Philosophical Foundations
Further Explorations
Exploring the Philosophy of Religion
Thinking About Ethics
Constructing an Ethical Theory
Creating a Just State

The Primary Source compact disc: Table of Contents

Anselm: Proslogion (Chapters 2-7)

Aquinas, Thomas: Summa Theologica (third article: Whether God Exists)

Aristophanes: The Clouds

Aristotle: Categories; De Anima (On the Soul); The Metaphysics (Books Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Zeta); Nicomachean Ethics (Book I: 1095A, 1095B, 1096A, 1143B); On Interpretation; Physics (Book II); Poetics; The Politics (Book I, Book IV); Posterior Analytics (Book I); Prior Analytics; Rhetoric (Book I, Chapters 1-9; Book II, Chapters 1-4 and 16-24; Book III, Chapter 1)

Augustine: The City of God (Books I-V, XIV-XXII); The Confessions (Books I-II)

Aurelius, Marcus: Meditations (Books 3 and 4)

Benedict, Ruth: Anthropology and the Abnormal

Bentham, Jeremy: An Introduction to the Principles of Morality and Legislation (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 10)

Berkeley, George: Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous; A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge.

Bhagavad Gita

Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy

Buddha: The Fire Sermon; From the Diamond Sutra (The Vagrakkhedika); The Heart Sutra; Verses from the Sanskrit Dharmapada

Confucius: The Analects (Books III, IV, VII, VIII, XII, XIV, XV)

D’Holbach, Baron; Paul Henri Thiry: The System of Nature (Volume I, Chapters 11 and 12)

Descartes, Renè: Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason and Seeking the Truth in the Sciences Meditations on First Philosophy

Du Bois, W.E.B.: The Souls of Black Folk (Of Our Spiritual Strivings, Of the Dawn of Freedom, Of the Sons of Master and Man)

Epictetus: Discourses (excerpt); The Enchiridion

Epicurus: Letter to Menoeceus

Heraclitus: Fragments (Numbers 32, 39, 54, 56, 72)

Hick, John: Philosophy of Religion (Chapter 4: The Problem of Evil)

Hobbes, Thomas: Leviathan (Parts One and Two)

Hume, David: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion; An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding (selections); A Treatise of Human Nature

James, William: Does “Consciousness” Exist?; Mysticism; Pragmatism; The Will to Believe

Kant, Immanuel: Critique of Practical Reason (Book 1); Critique of Pure Reason (Transcendental Aesthetic, Transcendental Logic); Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals (First and Second Sections); Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics (Preamble and Second Part)

Kierkegaard, Soren: Concluding Unscientific Postscript; Philosophical Fragments (The Leap of Faith and the Limits of Reason); That Individual

Lao Tzu (Laozi): Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) (Poems 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 25, 34, 63, 77)

Leibniz, Gottfried: Monadology

Locke, John: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (Book I, Chapters 1 and 2; Book II, Chapters 2 and 7; Book IV, Chapter 11); The Second Treatise of Government

Lucretius: On the Nature of the Universe (Books 2 and 3)

Marx, Karl: The Communist Manifesto

Mencius: Human Nature (Book II, Chapters V-VII)

Milindaphana: The Questions of King Milinda: The Simile of the Chariot

Mill, John Stuart: On Liberty; Utilitarianism (Chapters 1, 2 and excerpts from 4)

Paley, William: The Teleological Argument

Peirce, Charles S.: The Fixation of Belief: How to Make Our Ideas Clear

Plato: Apology; Charmides; Cratylus; Crito; Euthydemus; Euthyphro; Gorgias; Ion; Laches; The Laws (excerpts); Meno; Parmenides; Phaedo; Phaedrus (The Chariot Analogy); Philebus; Protagoras (excerpts); The Republic (The Myth of Gyges; What is Justice?; The Simile of the Cave); Sophist; Statesman; Symposium; Theaetetus (excerpts); Timaeus (excerpts)

Plotinus: The Enneads

Russell, Bertrand: The Problems of Philosophy (Chapters 1 and 15); Why I Am Not a Christian (The Existence of God; The First Cause Argument; The Argument from Design)

Singer, Peter: Animal Liberation

Smith, Adam: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (Books I and II)

Spinoza, Baruch: The Ethics (Parts I and II)

Thales: Fragments


Wollstonecraft, Mary: A Vindication of the Rights of Women

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