Praised for its accessibility and comprehensiveness, "Philosophy: The Quest for Truth" provides an excellent selection of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen key problems in philosophy. Louis P. Pojman has carefully organized the essays in each section so that they present pro/con dialogues that allow students to compare and contrast the philosophers' positions. The topics covered include the nature of philosophy, the existence of God, immortality, knowledge, the mind-body question, personal identity, free will and determinism, ethics, political philosophy, and the meaning of life. The sixth edition offers selections from Plato, Rene Descartes, John Locke, David Hume, William James, Bertrand Russell, John Hick, John Hospers, and James Rachels - as well as essays by Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Blaise Pascal, Thomas Hobbes, George Berkeley, Immanuel Kant, Gilbert Ryle, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alvin Plantinga, and many others. In "Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Sixth Edition", Pojman offers substantial introductions to each of the nineteen philosophical problems.
In addition, each of the seventy-six readings is accompanied by an individual introduction with a biographical sketch of the philosopher, study questions, and reflective questions that challenge students to analyze and critique the material. Short bibliographies following each major section and a detailed glossary further enhance the text's pedagogical value. Invaluable for introductory courses in philosophy, this highly acclaimed text inspires and guides students' quest for wisdom. New to the Sixth Edition are: Six selections: "William Lane Craig: The Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Anthropic Principle"; "William Rowe: An Analysis of the Ontological Argument"; "Daniel Dennett: Postmodernism and Truth"; "William James: The Dilemma of Determinism"; "Harry Frankfurt: Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person"; "John Rawls: The Contemporary Liberal Answer"; a student Online Resource Centre featuring study and review questions, discussion questions, chapter overviews and summaries, topical links, suggestions for further reading, and PowerPoint lecture aids; and more exercises in the excursus on logic.show more