Philosophical Dilemmas

Philosophical Dilemmas : A Pro and Con Introduction to the Major Questions

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Lucidly written, this extensive and very original introduction to philosophy features over fifty brief, jargon-free essays arranged in pairs. Each pair answers one of the principal philosophical questions, such as "Does God exist?" or "Are we free?", with two opposing points of view. While the essays often employ standard arguments of great philosophers, they present the ideas in contemporary language with vivid examples. This new edition features sections on current issues including race, gender, euthanasia, and Buddhist philosophy.show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 149.86 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195134966
  • 9780195134964

Table of contents

Preface; Historical Parallels; Introduction: What is Philosophy?; 1. God, Immortality, and Faith; 1.1 Does God Exist?; 1.2 Is God like Human Beings?; 1.3 Can God Allow Innocent Suffering?; 1.4 Is the Soul Immortal?; 1.5 Does Faith Provide Answers?; CURRENT CONTROVERSY; 1.6 Is Buddhism Philosophy?; 2. Liberty, Equality, and Justice; 2.1 Is Society Based on a Contract?; 2.2 Is Liberty the Highest Social Value?; 2.3 Is Equality the Highest Social Value?; 2.4 Is Capitalism Just?; 2.5 Should we Establish a World Government?; CURRENT CONTROVERSY; 2.6 Is Race Essential to Identity?; 3. Pleasure, Duty, Values; 3.1 Is Pleasure the Only Value?; 3.2 Can we Understand Happiness?; 3.3 Is Morality Relative?; 3.4 Is Happiness the Standard of Morality?; 3.5 Is Society the Source of Values?; CURRENT CONTROVERSY; 3.6 Should Doctors Ever End People's Lives?; 4. Free Will, Mind, and Human Nature; 4.1 Are We Free?; 4.2 Are We Responsible for Our Actions?; 4.3 Is the mind Nothing But the Brain?; 4.4 Can Computers Think?; 4.5 Are We Always Selfish?; CURRENT CONTROVERSY; 4.6 Are the Differences Between Men and Women Philosophically Significant?; 5. Knowledge, Science, and Truth; 5.1 Can We Know About the External World?; 5.2 Does Science Give Us Real Knowledge?; 5.3 Is Experience the Source of All Knowledge?; 5.4 Is Certainty the Standard of Knowledge?; CURRENT CONTROVERSY; 5.5 Does Truth Ever Exist?show more

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