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Engaging and compelling on every page, Velasquez’s text is a fascinating exploration of philosophy that helps readers appreciate how the subject is relevant to day-to-day life and our larger social world. This trusted book combines clear prose and primary source readings to take readers on a meaningful exploration of a range of philosophical topics, such as human nature, reality, truth, ethics, the meaning of life, diversity, and social/political philosophy.
Table of Contents
The Nature Of Philosophy
What Is Philosophy?
The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy
A Philosopher in Action: Socrates
The Value of Philosophy
Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers
Why Study Human Nature?
What Is Human Nature?
The Mind-Body Problem: How Do Mind and Body Relate?
Is There an Enduring Self?
Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals?
Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius
Reality And Being
What Is Real?
Reality: Material or Nonmaterial?
Reality in Pragmatism
Reality and Logical Positivism
Antirealism: The Heir of Pragmatism and Idealism
Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism
Is Freedom Real?
Is Time Real?
Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley
Philosophy And God
The Significance of Religion
Does God Exist?
Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil
Traditional Religious Belief and Experience
Nontraditional Religious Experience
Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway
The Sources Of Knowledge
Why Is Knowledge a Problem?
Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge?
Can the Senses Account for All Our Knowledge?
Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World?
Does Science Give Us Knowledge?
Historical Showcase: Hume
Knowledge, Truth, and Justification
What Is Truth?
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Can Interpretations Be True?
Historical Showcase: Kant
What Is Ethics?
Is Ethics Relative?
Do Consequences Make an Action Right?
Do Rules Define Morality?
Is Ethics Based on Character?
Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries?
Ethics and Moral Responsibility
Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft
Social And Political Philosophy
What Is Social and Political Philosophy?
What Justifies the State?
What is Justice?
Limits on the State
Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls
Postscript: The Meaning Of Life
Does Life Have Meaning?
The Theistic Response to Meaning
Meaning and Human Progress
The Nihilist Rejection of Meaning
Meaning as a Self-Chosen Commitment
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