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Title Exploring philosophy : an introductory anthology / edited by Steven M. Cahn
Edition Second edition
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2005


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Description xi, 436 pages ; 24 cm
Contents What is philosophy? / Monroe C. Beardsley and Elizabeth Lane Beardsley -- Defence of Socrates / Plato -- The scope of logic / Wesley C. Salmon -- Improving your thinking / Stephen F. Barker -- Fixing belief / Morris R. Cohen and Ernest Nagel -- Testing hypotheses / Steven M. Cahn, Patricia Kitcher and George Sher -- Science and common sense / Ernest Nagel -- Appearance and reality / Bertrand Russell -- What can I know? / D. Z. Phillips -- Knowledge and belief / Norman Malcolm -- The problem of induction / Bertrand Russell -- Will the future be like the past? / Frederick L. Will -- Meno / Plato -- Meditations on first philosophy / Rene Descartes -- An enquiry concerning human understanding / David Hume -- The ghost in the machine / Gilbert Ryle -- The mind as a function of the body / Richard Taylor -- What is it like to be a bat? / Thomas Nagel -- Do computers think? / John Searle -- Free will or determinism? / Steven M. Cahn -- Free will and determinism / W. T. Stace -- Meditations on first philosophy / Rene Descartes -- Does God exist? / Ernest Nagel -- Why God allows evil / Richard Swinburne -- Theology and falsification / Antony Flew and Basil Mitchell -- Do miracles occur? / Monroe C. Beardsley and Elizabeth Lane Beardsley -- Pascal's wager / Simon Blackburn -- The hiddenness of God / Robert McKim -- Euthyphro / Plato -- Summa theologiae / Saint Thomas Aquinas -- Meditations on first philosophy / Rene Descartes -- An enquiry concerning human understanding / David Hume -- The challenge of cultural relativism / James Rachels -- How not to answer moral questions / Tom Regan -- The nature of ethical disagreement / Charles L. Stevenson -- A supreme moral principle? / Steven M. Cahn -- Abortion / Joel Feinberg -- Giving birth / Virginia Held -- Active and passive euthanasia / James Rachels -- Active and passive euthanasia : a reply / Thomas D. Sullivan -- Nicomachean ethics / Aristotle -- Foundations of the metaphysics of morals / Immanuel Kant -- Utilitarianism / John Stuart Mill -- Democracy / John Dewey -- Letter from a Birmingham jail / Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Political action : the problem of dirty hands / Michael Walzer -- The death penalty / Burton Leiser -- Capital punishment / Hugo Adam Bedau -- Two concepts of affirmative action / Steven M. Cahn -- Are quotas sometimes justified? / James Rachels -- What is a liberal education? / Sidney Hook -- Crito / Plato -- On liberty / John Stuart Mill -- The meaning of life / Richard Taylor -- The value of philosophy / Bertrand Russell -- Phaedo / Plato
Summary "Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, Second Edition, is an accessible introduction to philosophy. Steven M. Cahn brings together clear, recent essays by noted philosophers and supplements them with historical sources. Most important, the articles have been carefully edited to make them understandable to every reader. The topics are drawn from the major fields of philosophy and include knowledge and skepticism, freedom and determinism, mind and body, the existence of God, the problem of evil, cultural relativism, abortion, euthanasia, democracy, capital punishment, affirmative action, and the meaning of life."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Philosophy -- Introductions.
Philosophy -- Textbooks.
Genre/Form Textbooks.
Author Cahn, Steven M.
LC no. 2004049548
ISBN 0195177622 paperback alkaline paper