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About Philosophyby Robert Paul Wolff
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For Introductory Philosophy Courses.
An introductory philosophy text that covers all the major fields of philosophy in easy-to-read language, interspersed with short selections from the major philosophers. The text has been a best-selling leader in the field for more than thirty years. It is written by an internationally recognized author of more than twenty books. He is an important voice in social and political philosophy, Immanuel Kant's philosophy, and the philosophy of education.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with The Main Points ... and Questions for Discussion and Review.)
1. What Is Philosophy?
2. Theory of Knowledge.
ABC NEWS: CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION: Virtual Reality.
3. Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind.
ABC NEWS: CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION: Do Computers Think?
4. Philosophy of Science.
CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION: Is Science Value-Neutal?
5. Ethical Theory.
CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION: Same-Sex Marriage.
ABC NEWS CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION: The Ethics of Cloning Human Beings.
6. Social and Political Philosophy.
Mill and Classical Laissez-Falre Liberalism.
The Socialist Attack on Capitalism.
Rousseau and the Theory of the Social Contract.
The Pluralist Theory of the State.
ABC NEWS CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION: Affirmative Action.
7. Philosophy of Art.
Plato's Attack on the Poets.
Aristotle's Defense of the Poets.
Marcuse and the Uses of Negation.
Arthur C. Danto’s Theory of Artistic Identification.
ABC NEWS CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION: Pornography, Art, and Censorship.
8. Philosophy of Religion.
ABC NEWS CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION: Cults: Religion or Fanaticism?
Appendix: How to Write a Philosophy Paper.
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