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Beginning Philosophy offers students and general readers a uniquely straightforward yet challenging introduction to fundamental philosophical problems. Readily accessible to novices yet rich enough for more experienced readers, it combines serious investigation across a wide range of subjects in analytic philosophy with a clear, user-friendly writing style. Topics include logic and reasoning, the theory of knowledge, the nature of the external world, the mind/body problem, normative ethics, metaethics, free will, the existence of God, and the problem of evil. A concluding chapter outlines the worldview developed in the text and connects that view to questions about the meaning of life. The interconnection of philosophical problems and the relationship of philosophy and science are emphasized throughout. The book includes both extensive quotes from historical figures such as Aquinas, Descartes, and Hume and references to philosophically minded nonphilosophers like Dostoevski, Stephen Jay Gould, and Carl Sagan.

Beginning Philosophy is designed for use in introductory philosophy courses at a wide range of institutions. It contains numerous pedagogical materials at the end of each chapter: sections called "misconceptions" list errors that introductory readers should avoid; guide questions prompt students to explain in their own words what the text is saying; review questions help students prepare for examinations; open-ended discussion questions call for independent judgment; and annotated bibliographies provide suggestions for further reading. The volume is further enhanced by a list of famous quotations from philosophers, a glossary of philosophical terms, a glossary of names of the most famous philosophers and scientists discussed in the text, and an extensive bibliography listing every work cited.

Synopsis:

Beginning Philosophy offers readers a uniquely straightforward yet rigorous introduction to fundamental philosophical problems. Combining serious philosophical investigation with a clear, user-friendly writing style, it covers logic and reasoning, the theory of knowledge, the nature of the external world, the mind/body problem, ethics, free will, the existence of God, and the problem of evil. It includes both extensive quotes from historical figures such as Aquinas, Hume, and Descartes, and references to philosophically-minded non-philosophers like Dostoevsky and Carl Sagan. Easily accessible to novices, Beginning Philosophy is unique in that it also represents serious, systematic thinking across a wide range of subjects in analytical philosophy, emphasizing the interconnection of philosophical problems and the relationship of philosophy and science throughout.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

What Is Philosophy?

How Is Philosophy Possible?

A Survey of the Topics Covered in the Text

Why Do Philosophy?

2. Some Methodological Tools

Definition and Meaning

Logic

Inference to the Best Explanation

Cognitive Errors

Methodological Tools at Work

Logical Definitions Chart

3. Theory of Knowledge

Epistemology and Epistemic Agency

The General Problem of Skepticism

Specific Skeptical Problems

Inference to the Best Explanation

A Challenge to the Theory of Knowledge

Misconceptions about the Theory of Knowledge

4. The Nature of the External World

Direct Realism

Scientific Realism

Phenomenalism

A Final Remark on the Debate Between the Realists and the Phenomenalists

5. The Mind/Body Problem

Dualistic Theories

Materialism

Artificial Intelligence as a Challenge for Materialism

Conclusion

Misconceptions about the Mind/Body Problem

6. Normative Ethics

Some Problematic Theories of Moral Obligation

Two Main Approaches to Moral Obligation: Consequentialism and Deontology

Mixed Theories and What They Show about Normative Ethics

7. Metaethics

Objectivist Theories of Moral Judgments

Subjectivism

A Final Assessment of the Dispute Between the Objectivists and Subjectivists

8. The Free Will Problem

Six Theories

Summary of the Six Theories

The Four Questions Considered

The Case for Subjectivism

Misconceptions about the Free Will Problem

9. The Existence of God

Faith-Based Arguments for the Existence of God

A Posteriori Arguments for the Existence of God

An A Priori Argument for the Existence of God: The Ontological Argument

The Case for Atheism

10.The Problem of Evil

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Evil as a Necessary Part of Any World

The Virtue (Soul-Making) Defense

The Free Will Defense

Animal Suffering

A Problem of Goodness?

11. A Total Picture

Philosophy as Worldview Construction

A Worldview

The Meaning of Life

Discussion Questions

For Further Reading

Philosophical Quotes

Glossary of Philosophical Terms

Glossary of Names

Works Cited

Index

Chapters 3-10 open with an Introduction

Chapters 1-10 include Guide Questions, Review Questions for Examinations, Discussion Questions, and For Further Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195117813
Author:
Double, Richard
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
null, Richard
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19980903
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 line illus.
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.21x6.53x.76 in. 1.18 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Beginning Philosophy offers readers a uniquely straightforward yet rigorous introduction to fundamental philosophical problems. Combining serious philosophical investigation with a clear, user-friendly writing style, it covers logic and reasoning, the theory of knowledge, the nature of the external world, the mind/body problem, ethics, free will, the existence of God, and the problem of evil. It includes both extensive quotes from historical figures such as Aquinas, Hume, and Descartes, and references to philosophically-minded non-philosophers like Dostoevsky and Carl Sagan. Easily accessible to novices, Beginning Philosophy is unique in that it also represents serious, systematic thinking across a wide range of subjects in analytical philosophy, emphasizing the interconnection of philosophical problems and the relationship of philosophy and science throughout.

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