Living Issues in Philosophy

Hardcover | August 15, 1993

EditorHarold Titus, Marilyn Smith, Richard Nolan

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Used by more than one million students around the world since its original publication, this introductory philosophy text makes accessible a wide range of philosophical issues closely related to everyday life. Emphasizing personal and immediate questions, the authors approach introductoryphilosophy through basic human questions rather than focusing on methodology or the history of thought. The text presents vital questions of contemporary interest in an overall framework of enduring concepts, interweaving coverage of various topics in art, history, and education. It covers a varietyof types of philosophy in depth, and both western and eastern perspectives are represented. Ideal for students who have no background in philosophy, Living Issues in Philosophy, 9/e simplifies technical language wherever possible; unfamiliar terms are clearly defined upon first appearance and in theend-of-chapter glossaries. Additional pedagogical features include exercises, chapter summaries, and annotated bibliographies at the end of every chapter. The text also features photo biographies of major philosophers and short excerpts from philosophical classics.

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Used by more than one million students around the world since its original publication, this introductory philosophy text makes accessible a wide range of philosophical issues closely related to everyday life. Emphasizing personal and immediate questions, the authors approach introductoryphilosophy through basic human questions rather ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 7.6 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:August 15, 1993Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Each chapter ends with Glossary Terms, Chapter Review, Study Questions and Projects, and Suggested Readings sectionsIntroduction: What is Philosophy?Chapter 1: The Task of Philosophy: The Meanings of PhilosophyWhy We Need PhilosophyTraditional Branches of PhilosophyPhilosophical Methodology--Socratic DialecticThe Uses of PhilosophyValues and EducationPhilosophy TodayReflectionsPart One: The Nature of Human NatureChapter 2: Human Nature: What Is It?: Metaphysics and Human NatureIs There a Human Nature?How Humans Differ from the Rest of NatureImages of Human NatureReflectionsChapter 3: The Self: The Nature of the SelfDenials of the Existence of a SelfConsciousnessReflectionsChapter 4: The Mind: The Nature of the MindDifficulties of Studying the MindTheories of the MindThe Mind-Body RelationshipParapsychologyReflectionsChapter 5: The Freedom to Choose: The Philosophical Meaning of FreedomThe Denial of FreedomIndeterminismSelf-DeterminationReflectionsPart Two: The Realm of ValuesChapter 6: The Meaning of Values: Value JudgmentsFacts and ValuesHow Values Are JustifiedValues and the Aesthetic ExperienceThe Selection of ValuesReflectionsChapter 7: Ethics and Morality: Moral JudgmentsThe Moral SituationEthics: The Study of MoralityA Variety of Ethical Standards--Normative EthicsApproaches to Ethical StandardsContemporary PrinciplesReflectionsChapter 8: Individual and Social Morality: A Contemporary ChallengeCivil LibertiesCivil DisobedienceThe Limits of LibertyThe Enforcement of MoralsContemporary Moral IssuesReflectionsPart Three: Knowledge and ScienceChapter 9: The Sources of Knowledge: Central Questions in the Theory of KnowledgeTradition and Common SenseObstacles to Clear ThinkingThe Possible Sources of KnowledgeReflectionsChapter 10: The Nature and Tests of Knowledge: Basic Issues in the Nature of KnowledgeSubjectivismObjectivismThe Nature of Knowledge: Further ConsiderationsThe Tests of KnowledgeThree Tests of TruthReflectionsChapter 11: Science and Philosophy: The Development of SciencePhilosophy of Science: Basic IssuesScientific MethodsThe Nature and Role of Models and ParadigmsA Method of Acquiring KnowledgeLimitations of Scientific MethodsPhilosophy and Science: Agreements and ContrastsScientfic Views of the UniverseThe Origin and Nature of LifeHuman Beings and EvolutionReflectionsPart Four: Philosophical PerspectivesChapter 12: Naturalism: Naturalism DefinedMechanistic MaterialismDialectical MaterialismHumanistic NaturalismReflectionsChapter 13: Idealism and Realism: Contrasting Philosophical MovementsIdealism DefinedTypes of IdealismImplications of IdealismRealism DefinedTypes of RealismImplications of RealismEvaluation of IdealismEvaluation of RealismChapter 14: Pragmatism: Pragmatism DefinedCharles S. PeirceWilliam JamesJohn DeweyReflectionsChapter 15: Analytic Philosophy: Language and PhilosophyLocke, Hume, and the Traditional OutlookThe Empirical TraditionAnalytic Philosophy and Questions of KnowledgeReflectionsChapter 16: Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Process Philosophy: Some Characteristics of ExistentialismSome Existentialist ThinkersSome Characteristics of PhenomenologySome Phenomenological ThinkersSome Characteristics of Process PhilosophyTwo Process PhilosophersReflectionsPart Five: Religion: East and WestChapter 17: The Nature of Religion: What Is Religion?The Nature of ReligionThe Origin and Growth of ReligionMyth in Sacred LiteratureReligious ExperienceThree Universal Religions: Judaism, Christianity, IslamCurrent Religious IssuesReflectionsChapter 18: Belief in God: The Nature of GodGrounds for Belief in GodGrounds for Disbelief in GodPersonal Survival after DeathReflectionsChapter 19: Asian Thought: The Nature of Asian ReligionThe Hindu TraditionThe Buddhist Quest for EnlightenmentConfucius and Lao-ziMao Ze-dongThe Value System of the JapaneseReflectionsConcluding Reflection: Glossary: Picture Credits: Index: