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Philosophical Traditions: A Text with Readings / Edition 2 available in Paperback
Pojman (philosophy, Cambridge U.) combines primary sources with analytic commentary to explain the vitality of philosophy and its history from the ancient Greeks to current practitioners. Pojman is very innovative in his choice of primary texts (such as including a passage from Doyle's "The Red Headed League" in the section on reasoning) and includes questions for discussion and reflection with each chapter. His major topics include the sophists, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; the philosophy of religion, including the cosmological, teleological and ontological arguments for the existence of God; the problem of evil; faith and reason; the theory of knowledge; metaphysics; freedom of will and determinism; ethics; and existentialism and the meaning of life. Pojman has added material on Aristotle, Kant and Schopenhauer for this edition, as well as an essay on reading and writing philosophical papers. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents
Preface. A Personal Word to the Student. Part I: AN INTRODUCTION. 1. What Is Philosophy? 2. A Little Bit of Logic. Part II: THE BEGINNING OF PHILOSOPHY: THE ANCIENT GREEKS: THE SOPHISTS, SOCRATES, PLATO AND ARISTOTLE. 3. The Rise of the Sophists. 4. A Portrait of a Philosopher: Socrates. 5. The Philosophy of Plato: Knowledge and Reality. 6. Aristotle. Part III: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION. An Introduction. Arguments for the Existence of God. 7. The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God. 8. The Teleological Argument for the Existence of God. 9. The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God. 10. The Argument from Religious Experience. 11. The Problem of Evil. 12. Faith and Reason. Part IV: THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE. 13. What Can We Know? An Introduction. 14. Skepticism. 15. Perception: Our Knowledge of the External World. 16. Kants Copernican Revolution. 17. Schopenhauers Transcendental Idealism. 18. Truth, Rationality, and Cognitive Relativism. Part V: METAPHYSICS: PHILOSOPHY OF MIND. 19. What Am I? A Mind or a Body? 20. Materialist Monism. 21. Functionalism. 22. Who Am I? The Problem of Personal Identity. 23. Is There Life After Death? Personal Identity and Immortality. Part VI: FREEDOM OF THE WILL AND DETERMINISM. 24. Determinism. 25. Libertarianism. 26. Compatibilism: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too. Part VII: ETHICS. 27. What Is Ethics? 28. Ethical Relativism: Whos to Judge What Is Right or Wrong? 29. Egoism: Why Should I Be Moral? 30. Utilitarianism. 31. Kantian Deontological Ethics. 32. Religion and Ethics. Part VIII: EXISTENTIALISM AND THE MEANING OF LIFE. 33. What Is Existentialism? 34. Freedom: The Core of Our Being. Appendix: How to Read and Write a Philosophy Paper. Glossary. Index.