Wisdom Without Answers: A Brief Introduction to Philosophy / Edition 5

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By speaking directly to the students in a personal tone, this text invites students to get excited about philosophy and to explore how philosophy affects them. Fourteen lively chapters take students deep into the world of philosophical thinking and challenge them to ponder life's big questions.

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This intriguing yet relatively gentle introduction to philosophy, looks at the major philosophical questions and their many answers and nonanswers, and its aim is to motivate and prepare beginning students for a first course in philosophy. It deconstructs students' attachments to ready-made answers, encouraging speculation on topics such as God, knowledge, reality, and death, and engages students in the skills they need to interact critically with the material typically presented in an introductory course. Kolak is affiliated with William Patterson University of New Jersey; Martin with the University of Maryland. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534534653
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. Puzzles. Points of View. Wisdom. 1. WHERE. Location. Nowhereness. 2. WHEN. Time. Now. Eternity. 3. WHO. Self. Identity. Impermanence. 4. FREEDOM. Causation. Randomness. 5. KNOWLEDGE. Belief. Evidence. Reliability. 6. GOD. Arguments. Faith. Mystery. 7. REALITY. Objects. Perception. Interpretation. 8. EXPERIENCE. Sensation. Thought. 9. CONSCIOUSNESS. Reduction. Science. Mind. 10. COSMOS. Science vs. Religion. Nothingness. Ultimate Questions. 11. DEATH. Souls. Explanation. Survival. 12. MEANING. Life. Struggles. Success. 13. ETHICS. Authority. Conditioning. Conscience. 14. VALUES. Values. Facts. Self-Knowledge. Epilogue: Concluding Unphilosophical Postscript. Uncrossable Rivers. Isometrics for the Mind. Unanswerable Questions. Philosophical Connections. Name Index.

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