Puzzles & Perplexities

Puzzles & Perplexities : Collected Essays

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The thirty articles in Puzzles and Perplexitie, displaying clarity and acumen, present a balanced picture of Steven M. Cahn's wide-ranging work over more than four decades. Taken together, the signal essays in this volume guide the reader on a journey through Cahn's remarkable career as a philosopher and educator.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 149.9 x 223.5 x 12.7mm | 272.16g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Second Edition
  • 0739121162
  • 9780739121160

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Free Will or Determinism? Chapter 2 Random Choices Chapter 3 Time, Truth, and Ability Chapter 4 Does God Know the Future? Chapter 5 Does God Exist? Chapter 6 The Problem of Goodness Chapter 7 The Moriarty Hypothesis Chapter 8 Job's Protest Chapter 9 The Noes Have It: Hume'sDialogues Chapter 10 Suppose God Exists Chapter 11 Religion Without God Chapter 12 The Question: Plato'sEuthyphro Chapter 13 False Beliefs Chapter 14 A Supreme Moral Principle? Chapter 15 Happiness and Immorality Chapter 16 Meaningless Lives? Chapter 17 Two Concepts of Affirmative Action Chapter 18 The Curious Tale of Atlas College Chapter 19 Why Not Tell the Truth? Chapter 20 The Divestiture Puzzle Chapter 21 The Strange Case of John Shmarb Chapter 22 The Wife of Lear Chapter 23 John Dewey at Eighty Chapter 24 Are the Humanities Useful? Chapter 25 Should Liberal Education Change? Chapter 26 How to Improve Your Teaching Chapter 27 How to Teach Introductory Philosophy Chapter 28 Taking Teaching Seriously Chapter 29 Teaching Graduate Students to Teach Chapter 30 Searching for Adminstrators: The Missing Step
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Review quote

Not only Cahn's lucidity but his philosophical passion and honesty shine through these essays. He is both scrupulously fair to opposing positions and straightforward in advocating his own, whether popular or not. The book will engage students and scholars alike. I found it a pleasure to read. -- Alan H. Goldman, College of William & Mary APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy Steven M. Cahn is a master of the philosophical essay. In each chapter he confronts a perennial issue, such as God, free will, art, and social justice, and provides an original and provocative philosophical discussion. The chapters combine crisp thinking, elegant writing, and careful, imaginative analysis. These essays are models of philosophical writing. -- Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy
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About Steven M. Cahn

Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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