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Philosophy : The Quest for Truth

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Praised for its unique combination of accessibility and comprehensiveness, Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Tenth Edition, provides an excellent selection of ninety-five classical and contemporary readings-on twenty key problems in philosophy-carefully organized so that they present pro/con dialogues that allow students to compare and contrast the philosophers' positions. Each of the readings is accompanied by study questions, end-of-reading reflective questions, and an individual introduction featuring a biographical sketch of the philosopher. A tutorial on logic and argument, a time line, boldfaced key terms, a detailed glossary, and an appendix on reading and writing philosophy papers further enhance the text's pedagogical value. In addition, each major section opens with a substantial introduction and ends with a short bibliography.show more

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  • Paperback | 816 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 28mm | 1,240g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 10th Revised edition
  • 0190254777
  • 9780190254773
  • 2,040,389

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This is an impressive collection of the most relevant readings one might hope for in conducting an introductory course. Students fearful of philosophy will have their prejudice ruptured upon seeing the relevant and enjoyable topics covered in this anthology. The book doesn't just speak the language of philosophy, it speaks the language of students. What a nice pairing! * Shandon L. Guthrie, University of Nevada, Las Vegas * Philosophy: The Quest for Truth is simply superb. It is clearly one of the best * if not the best *show more

About Lewis Vaughn

The late Louis P. Pojman was Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the author, editor, or coeditor of more than twenty books. Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Bioethics, Third Edition (2016), The Power of Critical Thinking, Fifth Edition, (2015), Philosophy Here and Now, Second Edition (2015), and Living Philosophy (2014), all published by Oxford University Press.show more

Table of contents

EACH PART OPENS WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND ENDS WITH KEY TERMS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; *=NEW TO THIS EDITION; I. WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?; II. PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION; II.A. IS BELIEF IN GOD RATIONALLY JUSTIFIED? ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD; II.B. WHY IS THERE EVIL?; II.C. IS FAITH COMPATIBLE WITH REASON?; III. KNOWLEDGE; III.A. WHAT CAN WE KNOW? CLASSICAL THEORIES OF KNOWLEDGE; III.B. TRUTH, RATIONALITY, AND COGNITIVE RELATIVISM; * III.C. FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON KNOWLEDGE; III.D. INDUCTION; IV. PHILOSOPHY OF MIND: THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM; IV.A. WHAT AM I? A MIND OR A BODY?; IV.B. WHO AM I? DO WE HAVE PERSONAL IDENTITY?; V. FREEDOM OF THE WILL AND DETERMINISM; VI. ETHICS; VI.A. ARE THERE ANY MORAL ABSOLUTES OR IS MORALITY COMPLETELY RELATIVE?; VI.B. ETHICS AND EGOISM: WHY SHOULD WE BE MORAL?; VI.C. WHICH IS THE CORRECT ETHICAL THEORY?; VII. POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND JUSTICE; VII.A. WHAT IS THE MOST JUST FORM OF GOVERNMENT?; VIII. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?; IX. CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS; IX.A. IS ABORTION MORALLY PERMISSIBLE?; IX.B. IS THE DEATH PENALTY MORALLY PERMISSIBLE?; IX.C. SHOULD SOCIETY PERMIT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE?; IX.D. DO WE HAVE OBLIGATIONS TO THE POOR AND HUNGRY?; 94. GARRETT HARDIN: LIVING ON A LIFEBOATshow more

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