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Beginning metaphysics : an introductory text with readings

Author: Heimir Geirsson; Michael Losonsky
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This textbook is both an introduction and a reader in metaphysics, combining original discussion with selections from primary sources. It aims to show that important social, political and moral  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Heimir Geirsson; Michael Losonsky
ISBN: 1557867283 9781557867285 1557867291 9781557867292
OCLC Number: 38426046
Description: ix, 499 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. What is metaphysics? --
Ch. 2. Metaphysics and political philosophy --
Plato, Crito, Phaedo --
Thomas Hobbes, Selection from the Leviathan --
Simone de Beauvoir, The second sex, introduction --
Bertrand Russell, Selection from The Problems of Philosophy --
Ch. 3. Values and reality --
John O'Neill, The varieties of intrinsic value --
J.L. Mackie, The subjectivity of values --
Richard Boyd, How to be a moral realist --
Ch. 4. God and evil --
St. Anselm of Canterbury, Selection from Proslogion --
St. Thomas Aquinas, Selection from Summa Theologica --
David Hume, Selection from Dialogues concerning natural religion --
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, Summary of the controversy reduced to formal arguments --
J.L. Mackie, Evil and omnipotence --
Alvin Plantinga, Was it within God's power to create any possible world he pleased? --
Ch. 5. Causation and responsibility --
David Hume, Selection from Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding --
Edward H. Madden, A third view of causality --
Alan Garfinkel, The ethics of explanation --
Ch. 6. Mind and morality --
Rene ́Descartes, Selections from Principles of Philosophy and Passions of the soul --
Denis Diderot, Selection from Conversation between d'Alembert and Diderot --
Thomas Nagel, What is it like to be a bat? --
John R. Searle, Is the brain's mind a computer program? --
Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland, Could a machine think? --
Ch. 7. Freedom and responsibility --
Paul Henri Thiry d'Holback, Selection from The System of Nature, Appendix --
C.A. Campbell, Has the self "free will"? --
William L. Rowe, Two concepts of freedom --
Harry G. Frankfurt, Freedom of the will and the concept of a person --
Susan Wolf, Sanity and the metaphysics of responsibility --
Ch. 8. Against metaphysics --
Rudolf Carnap, The elimination of metaphysics through logical analysis of language --
Friedrich Nietzsche, The four great errors --
John Rawls, Justice as fairness: Political not metaphysical.
Responsibility: written and edited by Heimir Geirsson and Michael Losonsky.

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