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Does the Center Hold?: An Introduction to Western Philosophy / Edition 6 available in Paperback
Does the Center Hold? is an entertaining, topically-organized introductory text with more than 500 original illustrations. The ideas and issues typically covered in introductory philosophy courses are presented here in a remarkably accessible and enjoyable manner. Donald Palmer demonstrates that serious philosophical inquiry may be perplexing, but is ultimately liberating, and students will come away from the book with a comprehensive, and often delighted, understanding of philosophy.
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Table of Contents
Preface / Introduction1. What Are We Doing in This Class?
Is Philosophy Possible? / The Origins of Philosophy / Contemporary Branches of Philosophy / The Philosophy of Socrates / Conclusion 2. Truth Is Beauty, Beauty Is Truth
Rationalist Epistemology / The Philosophy of Plato / Rene Descartes' Rationalism / 3. What You See Is What You Get
Empiricist Epistemology / The Empiricism of John Locke / Hume's Radicalization of Berkeley's Empiricism / Logical Positivism: The Further Radicalizationof Empiricism / Kant's Compromise / Conclusion: Getting Up-to-Date 4. Who's on First, What's on Second?
Ontology / Dualism / Materialistic Monism / Pluralism / Conclusion 5. Mount Olympus, Mount Moriah, and Other Godly Places
Philosophy of Religion / Theism / Atheism / Volitional Justifications of Religious Belief / Religious Mysticism / Religious Existentialism / Conclusion 6. The Largest Airline in the Free World
Philosophy of Freedom / Determinism: Ancient Greek and Enlightenment Views / Hard Determinism: Modern Views / The Attack on Free Will / Soft Determinism (a.k.a. Compatibilism) / Indeterminism / Conclusion 7. Thou Shalt Become Perfected
Ethics / Ancient Greek Moral Philosophers / Egoism / Kantianism Today? / Conclusion 8. Different Strokes for Different Folks
Critiques of Traditional Ethical Theories / Existentialism / Hume and the Naturalistic Fallacy / Logical Positivism / Cultural Relativism / Ethics and Feminism / Ethics and Deep Ecology / Conclusion 9. Let Them Eat Cake
Political and Social Philosophy / Political Philosophy / Social Philosophy / Conclusion 10. But Is It Art?
Philosophy of Art / Analytic Philosophy of Art / Wittgenstein / Plato, Freud, and Art / Aristotle and Art / Marx and Art / Existentialism and Art / Conclusion
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