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Core questions in philosophy : a text with readings

Author: Elliott Sober
Publisher: Boston : Pearson Education, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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Core Questions in Philosophy emphasizes the idea that philosophy is a subject devoted to evaluating arguments and constructing theories. Presented in an engaging lecture-style format, this text/reader focuses on the basic issues and ideas in philosophy with lectures/discussions, supported by readings from historically important sources. Discussions emphasize the logic of philosophical arguments and how they relate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Introductions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliott Sober
ISBN: 9780205206698 0205206697
OCLC Number: 799024771
Description: 393 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: PART ONE: INTRODUCTION: What is philosophy? --
Deductive arguments --
Inductive and abductive arguments --
PART TWO: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: Aquinas's first four ways --
The design argument --
Evolution and creationism --
The ontological argument --
Is the existence of God testable? --
Pascal and irrationality --
The argument from evil --
PART THREE: THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE: What is knowledge? --
Descartes' fundamentalism --
The reliability theory of knowledge --
Justified belief and Hume's problem of induction --
Can Hume's Skepticism be refuted? --
Beyond fundamentalism --
Locke on the existence of external objects --
PART FOUR: PHILOSOPHY OF MIND: Dualism and the mind/body problem --
Logical behaviorism --
Methodological behaviorism --
The mind/brain identity theory --
Functionalism --
Freedom, determinism, and causality --
A menu of positions on free will --
Compatibilism --
Psychological egoism --
PART FIVE: ETHICS: Ethics: normative and meta --
The Is/Ought gap and the naturalistic fallacy --
Observation and explanation in ethics --
Conventionalist theories --
Utilitarianism --
Kant's moral theory --
Aristotle on the good life.
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Core Questions in Philosophy emphasizes the idea that philosophy is a subject devoted to evaluating arguments and constructing theories. Presented in an engaging lecture-style format, this text/reader focuses on the basic issues and ideas in philosophy with lectures/discussions, supported by readings from historically important sources. Discussions emphasize the logic of philosophical arguments and how they relate to the content of modern physical and social sciences.

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