Ultimate Questions: Thinking About Philosophy (Penguin Academics Series) / Edition 1

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Nils, Rauhut C., Introduction to Philosophy: An Active Learning Approach/ Helps readers understand the issues and problems in philosophy by becoming true active learners and shows that philosophy is not about remote questions, but rather issues that lie deep within ourselves. Includes over 100 Food for Thought exercises that help readers understand concepts and offer opportunities for genuine conversations about philosophy and contains an extensive discussion and explanation of philosophical terminology. For anyone interested in understanding philosophical issues and how they relate to our lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321108937
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/22/2003
  • Series: Penguin Academics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Philosophical Tools.
What Is Philosophy?
The Relationship Between Philosophy and Science.
The Main Branches of Philosophy.
Philosophical Methodology.
The Basic Structure of Arguments.

2. What Do We Know?
What Is Knowledge?
Three Different Theories of Knowledge.
The Case for Empiricism.
Final Remarks on Epistemology.

3. The Problem of Free Will.
Why Is There a Problem with Free Will?
The Case for Hard-Determinism.
Can Indeterminism Save Free Will?
Soft Determinism.
Final Remarks on the Problem of Free Will.

4. The Problem of Personal Identity.
Do We Always Remain the Same?
The Illusion Theory of Personal Identity.
The Body Theory of Personal Identity.
The Soul Theory of Personal Identity.
The Memory Theory of Personal Identity.
Final Remarks on Personal Identity.

5. The Mind/Body Problem.
What Is the Problem?
Possible Solutions to the Mind/Body Problem.
Substance Dualism.
Varieties of Physicalism.
The Identity Theory.
Final Remarks on the Mind Body Problem.

6. Does God Exist?
God, Faith, and Reason.
What Do We Mean By the Word “God” ?
Arguments in Defense of a Classical Theistic God.
Arguments Against the Existence of a Classical Theistic God.
Final Remarks on the Problem of God's Existence.

7. What Ought We Do?
Moral Intuitions and Moral Principles.
A Fundamental Challenge: Relativism.
Some Important Ethical Theories.
Divine Command Theory.
Duty-Based Theories.
Virtue-Based Theories.
Final Remarks on the Problem of Morality.

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