An Introduction To Philosophy: Knowledge, God, Mind And Morality

Paperback | February 28, 2008

byDavid Ohreen

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Ohreen's An Introduction to Philosophy is a one-semester anthology intended to bring the relevance of philosophical issues to light for students in interesting and important ways.Reading original philosophical work can be arduous for the beginner student. An Introduction to Philosophy provides historical and contemporary readings that are easy to understand and of high philosophical quality. The articles have been edited to ensure students get the most salient philosophical ideas without having to read superfluous details.Each chapter starts with a comprehensive introduction or commentary on the readings, setting out the main philosophical themes and concepts. The text is intentionally structured to give students contrasting and critical views regarding knowledge, god, mind, and morality.In this ground-up Canadian text, students receive a unique set of readings focusing on five core issues in philosophy: What is the value of philosophy? Does God exist? What can we know? How does the mind relate to the body? And, what is morally right and wrong?The readings have been selected to focus on philosophical depth, not breadth, regarding these issues. Canadian context has been included where appropriate. Moreover, the total number and size of readings has been reduced, in comparison to other texts, to maximize text usage for students.An Introduction to Philosophy has been developed to get students thinking, philosophically, about the world in which they live.

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Ohreen's An Introduction to Philosophy is a one-semester anthology intended to bring the relevance of philosophical issues to light for students in interesting and important ways.Reading original philosophical work can be arduous for the beginner student. An Introduction to Philosophy provides historical and contemporary readings that ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:411 pages, 11 × 8.52 × 0.57 inPublished:February 28, 2008Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionChapter 1: The Value of Philosophy the Purpose of PhilosophyPlato - The Apology (selection)Bertrand Russell - The Value of PhilosophyChapter 2: Ways of Knowing Scepticism and Rationalism René Descartes - Meditations on First Philosophy (First and Second Mediations)Empiricism John Locke - Essay Concerning Human Understanding (selection)George Berkeley - A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Understanding (selection)David Hume - Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding (selection)On CertaintyGeorg Hendrik von Wright - Wittgenstein on CertaintyFeminist EpistemologyLorraine Code - Is the Sex of the Knower Epistemologically Significant?Chapter 3: The Existence of God The Ontological Argument St. Anselm - Proslogium (selection)Yaeger Hudson - Problems and Possibilities for the Ontological ArgumentThe Cosmological Argument St. Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologiae (selection)Theodore Schick Jr. - The "Big Bang" Argument for the Existence of God. The Teleological (Design) Argument William Paley - Natural Theology (selection)David Hume - Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (selection)Richard Dawkins - The Improbability of GodThe Problem of EvilWilliam Rowe - The Problem of EvilBelief and FaithSimon Blackburn - Infini-RienNatalie Angier - Im No BelieverChapter 4: The Mind/Body Problem Dualism René Descartes - Meditations on First Philosophy (Sixth Mediation)Patricia Churchland - Substance DualismIdentity Theory William Lyons - Nothing but the BrainFunctionalismJerry Fodor - MaterialismJohn Searle - Can Computers Think?Eliminative Materialism Paul Churchland - Eliminative MaterialismChapter 5: Morality: Searching for Right and Wrong God and Morality Plato - Euthyphro Ethical RelativismJames Rachels - The Challenge of Cultural Relativism UtilitarianismJohn Stuart Mill - Utilitarianism (selection)Richard Brandt - Moral Obligation and General WelfareDeontological Ethics Immanuel Kant - Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (selection)Joshua Glasgow - Kants Principle of Universal LawFeminist EthicsAlison Jaggar - Feminist Ethics