Philosophical Dilemmas

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

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Does God exist? Is morality relative? Are we free? Different, sometimes contradictory, answers to these and other fundamental philosophical questions are found throughout Philosophical Dilemas: A Pro and Con Introduction to the Major Questions, third Edition. The underlying idea behind this introduction to philosophy is that students will be abel to formulate their own worldviews by studying the arguments and positions that philosophers have articulated over the ages. the text is comprised of sixty-four brief essays on thirty-one important questions. the essays are not excerpts from philosophers but are rather arguments that Phil Washburn has created, or re-created. Each essay takes a particular positions - pro or con - on the question posed and argues that side, incorporating vivid examples and demonstrating a variety of critical thinking questions, up-to-date annotated bibliographies, and a glossary. New to the third edition is an appendix on how to write an essay.show more

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  • Paperback | 524 pages
  • 162.56 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 748.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0195314646
  • 9780195314649
  • 1,984,065

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; 1. God, Immorality 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 Is Faith an Answer?; 1.6 Is Believing in God Necessary for a Meaningful Life?; CURRENT CONTROVERSY; 1.7 Is Buddhism Philosophy?; CONNECTIONS: TRANSCENDENTALIST OR NATURALIST?; 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?; CONNECTIONS: INDIVIDUALIST OR RELATIONIST?; 3. Happiness, Obligations and 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?; CONNECTIONS: HUMANIST OF OBJECTIVIST?; 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?; 4.6 Does Personal Identity on Memory?; CURRENT CONTROVERSY; 4.7 Are the Differences Between Men and Women Philosophically Significant?; CONNECTIONSL REDUCTIONIST OF SPRIITUALIST?; 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?; 5.5 Does Truth Exist?; CONNECTIONS: INTUITIONIST OR EXTERNALIST?show more

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