Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology by Steven M. Cahn

Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology

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Extensively revised and updated in its fifth edition, Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology is a uniquely accessible and engaging introduction to philosophy. Steven M. Cahn brings together exceptionally clear recent essays by noted philosophers and supplements them with influentialhistorical sources. Most importantly, the articles have been carefully edited to make them understandable to every reader. The readings are enhanced by concise introductions, study questions, explanatory notes, and suggestions for further reading. While most other widely used introductory philosophyanthologies contain fewer than five articles authored by women, Exploring Philosophy, Fifth Edition, includes more than thirty, thus reflecting the major role of women in contemporary philosophy.

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Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of fifty books. Most recently, he wrote From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor (2008) and coauthored Polishing Your Prose: How to Turn First Drafts into Finished Work (2013). Dr. Cahn is the ...
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Title:Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory AnthologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this Edition1. INTRODUCTIONMonroe C. Beardsley and Elizabeth Lane Beardsley: What Is Philosophy?Bertrand Russell: The Value of PhilosophyHistorical SourcePlato: Defence of Socrates2. REASONINGWesley C. Salmon: The Scope of LogicStephen F. Barker: Improving Your ThinkingSteven M. Cahn: * Necessary and Sufficient ConditionsL. Susan Stebbing: * Thinking to Some PurposeScott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse: * Pushover ArgumentsMorris R. Cohen and Ernest Nagel: Fixing BeliefCarl G. Hempel: Scientific InquiryGillian Barker and Philip Kitcher: * Antiscientism3. KNOWLEDGELinda Zagzebski: * Caring and Epistemic DemandsA. J. Ayer: What Is Knowledge?Edmund L. Gettier: Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?Robert Nozick: Conditions for KnowledgeBertrand Russell: Appearance and RealityD. Z. Phillips: What Can I Know?Bertrand Russell: The Problem of InductionP. F. Strawson: Induction Without a ProblemSusan Haack: * Puzzling Out KnowledgeHistorical SourcesRene Descartes: Meditations on First PhilosophyJohn Locke: An Essay Concerning Human UnderstandingGeorge Berkeley: A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human KnowledgeDavid Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human UnderstandingImmanuel Kant: Critique of Pure Reason4. MINDGilbert Ryle: The Ghost in the MachineRichard Taylor: Body and SoulPaul M. Churchland: * The Mind-Body ProblemThomas Nagel: What Is It Like to Be a Bat?Frank Jackson: * The Qualia ProblemDavid Lewis: Knowing What It's LikeAlan Turing: Computing Machinery and IntelligenceJohn Searle: Do Computers Think?Barbara Montero: * The Body ProblemHistorical SourceRene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy5. FREE WILLThomas Nagel: Free WillW. T. Stace: Free Will and DeterminismSteven M. Cahn: Free Will or Determinism?Harry G. Frankfurt: The Principle of Alternative PossibilitiesNeil Levy: The Capacities of AgentsHistorical SourcesDavid Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human UnderstandingWilliam James: The Dilemma of Determinism6. GODErnest Nagel: Does God Exist?Richard Swiniburne: Why God Allows EvilEleonore Stump: * The Desires of the HeartSimon Blackburn: Pascal's WagerLinda Zagzebski: * Assessing Pascal's WagerMarilyn McCord Adams: * The Problem of HellMichael Scriven: Faith and ReasonRobert McKim: The Hiddenness of GodAnne Minas: * God and ForgivenessSteven M. Cahn: * God and MoralityHistorical SourcesAnselm and Gaunilo: The Ontological ArgumentThomas Aquinas: Summa TheologiaeWilliam Paley: Natural TheologyDavid Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural ReligionBlaise Pascal: The WagerWilliam James: The Will to Believe7. IDENTITY AND IMMORTALITYBrian Smart: A Case of IdentityJohn Perry: The Problem of Personal IdentityDerek Parfit: * The Unimportance of IdentityTerence Penelhum: Life After DeathGrace M. Jantzen: Do We Need Immortality?Historical SourcesJohn Locke: An Essay Concerning Human UnderstandingDavid Hume: A Treatise of Human NatureThomas Reid: Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man8. MORAL THEORYTom Regan: How Not to Answer Moral QuestionsMary Midgley: * Moral IsolationismCharles L. Stevenson: * The Nature of Ethical DisagreementPhilippa Foot: * The Rationality of Moral ActionOnoro O'Neill: Kant's EthicsLouis P. Pojman: Assessing UtilitarianismSteven M. Cahn: A Supreme Moral Principle?Bernard Mayo: Virtue EthicsVirginia Held: The Ethics of CareChristine Vitrano: Happiness and MoralityJean-Paul Sartre: ExistentialismHistorical SourcesAristotle: Nicomachean EthicsImmanuel Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of MoralsJohn Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism9. MORAL PROBLEMSJudith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of AbortionMary Anne Warren: * On the Moral and Legal Status of AbortionDon Marquis: Why Abortion Is ImmoralRosalind Hursthouse: * Virtue Theory and AbortionJames Rachels: Active and Passive EuthanasiaBonnie Steinbock: * The Intentional Termination of LifePeter Singer: Famine, Affluence, and MoralityJohn Arthur: World Hunger and Moral ObligationTom Regan: * The Case for Animal RightsCarl Cohen: * Why Animals Have No RightsMary Anne Warren: * Speaking of Animal Rights10. SOCIETYJean Hampton: * Two Concepts of CitizenshipJohn Dewey: DemocracyMartin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from a Birmingham JailSidney Hook: What Is a Liberal Education?Martha Nussbaum: * Cultivating HumanityCelia Wolf-Devine: * Proportional RepresentationKaren Hanson: * Facing Facts and ResponsibilitiesLaurence Thomas: * What Good Am I?Iris Marion Young: * Five Faces of OppressionHistorical SourcesPlato: CritoJohn Stuart Mill: On LibertyKarl Marx: Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 184411. SOCIAL JUSTICEJohn Rawls: A Theory of JusticeRobert Nozick: Distributive JusticeAmartya Sen: The Idea of JusticeVirginia Held: Non-contractual Society: A Feminist ViewHistorical SourcesPlato: The RepublicThomas Hobbes: LeviathanJohn Locke: Second Treatise of Government12. ARTMorris Weitz: The Role of Theory in AestheticsCharles L. Stevenson: Interpreting PoetryKendall Walton: Fearing FictionsMarcia M. Eaton: * The Aesthetic Appreciation of NatureHistorical SourcesPlato: The RepublicAristotle: Poetics13. LIFE AND DEATHJudith Jarvis Thomson: * The Trolley ProblemJudith Jarvis Thomson: * Turning the TrolleyThomas Nagel: DeathShelly Kagan: * The Badness of DeathSamuel Scheffler: * The AfterlifeHarry G. Frankfurt: * How the Afterlife MattersSusan Wolf: * The Significance of DoomsdayHistorical SourcesPlato: PhaedoEpicurus: WritingsEpictetus: The Handbook14. THE MEANING OF LIFERichard Taylor: The Meaning of LifeSusan Wolf: Meaning in LifeChristine Vitrano: Meaningless Lives?Robert Nozick: * Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

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"I am thrilled to see so many female philosophers added to the textbook. These new additions will enrich the survey of articles offered." --Sara Rettus, Mission College