Exploring Philosophy

Exploring Philosophy : An Introductory Anthology

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Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology is a remarkably accessible and inviting introduction to philosophy. In this unique volume Steven M. Cahn brings together extraordinarily clear recent essays by noted philosophers and supplements them with influential historical sources. Most importantly, 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, faith and reason, cultural relativism, abortion, euthanasia, democracy, privacy, capital punishment, affirmative action, death, and the meaning of life. The collection also contains, in preeminent translations and with explanatory notes, the complete texts of Plato's Meno, Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito as well as specially selected materials by Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Mill. Also provided are an introduction to logic and scientific method and guiding commentary by the editor.Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology is a landmark collection that enables all readers to appreciate for themselves the importance and fascination of philosophical inquiry.show more

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  • Hardback | 446 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 halftones, 16 line illustrations
  • 0195136195
  • 9780195136197

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Preface; I. INTRODUCTION; What is Philosophy?; ELIZABETH LANE BEARDSLEY; HISTORICAL SOURCE; Defence of Socrates; II. REASONING; The Scope of Logic; Improving Your Thinking; Fixing Belief; Testing Hypotheses; Science and Common Sense; III. KNOWLEDGE AND SELF; Appearance and Reality; What Can I Know?; The Problem of Induction; Will the Future Be Like the Past?; Free Will or Determinism?; Free Will and Determinism; Mind and Body; Death; HISTORICAL SOURCES; Meno; Meditations on First Philosophy; An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding; IV. GOD; Does God Exist?; Why God Allows Evil; Theology and Falsification; Do Miracles Occur?; Faith; Faith and Reason; HISTORICAL SOURCES; Euthyphro; Summa Theologiae; Meditations on First Philosophy; An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding; V. MORALITY; The Challenge of Cultural Relativisim; How Not to Answer Moral Questions; The Nature of Ethical Disagreement; A Supreme Moral Principle?; Abortion; Giving Birth; Active and Passive Euthanasia; Active and Passive Euthanasia: A Reply; Choosing Death; HISTORICAL SOURCES; Nicomachean Ethics; Foundation of the Metaphysics of Morals; Utilitarianism; VI. SOCIETY; Democracy; Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands; Privacy; The Death Penalty; Capital Punishment; Two Concepts of Affirmative Action; Are Quotas Sometimes Justified?; What is a Liberal Education?; HISTORICAL SOURCES; Crito; On Liberty; VII. CONCLUSION; The Meaning of Life; The Value of Philosophy; HISTORICAL SOURCE; Phaedo; Suggestions for Further Readingshow more

About Steven M. Cahn

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate School of the City University of New York. He is the author of Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia, Revised Edition (1994), editor of Classics of Western Philosophy, 5/e (1999) and Classics of Modern Political Theory: Machiavelli to Mill (OUP, 1997), and coeditor of Ethics: History, Theory, and Contemporary Issues (OUP, 1998). He lives in New York City.show more

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