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Philosophy : the quest for truth

Author: Louis P Pojman
Publisher: Belmont : Wadsworth Pub. Co., ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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"In this exceptional anthology, Louis P. Pojman helps readers pursue a vital quest - to draw relevant meaning from some of philosophy's most enduring problems. Renowned for its choice collection of classical and contemporary readings that are both wonderfully accessible and complete in their arguments, The Quest for Truth continues to inspire readers to search for philosophical insight." "This book's 69 readings,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Introductions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis P Pojman
ISBN: 0534254535 9780534254537 0534254527 9780534254520
OCLC Number: 31606566
Description: xv, 600 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I. What Is Philosophy? --
Ten Commandments of Philosophy --
Excursus: A Little Bit of Logic --
Pt. II. Philosophy of Religion --
Is Belief in God Rationally Justified? Arguments for the Existence of God --
Why Is There Evil? --
Is Faith Compatible with Reason? --
Pt. III. Knowledge --
What Can We Know? Classical Theories of Knowledge --
Skepticism: Can We Know Anything? --
Truth, Rationality, and Cognitive Relativism --
Pt. IV. Philosophy of Mind: The Mind/Body Problem --
What Am I? A Mind or a Body? --
Who Am I? Do We Have Personal Identity? --
Is There Life After Death? Am I Immortal? --
Pt. V. Freedom of the Will and Determinism --
Determinism (Sometimes Called "Hard Determinism") --
Libertarianism --
Compatibilism (How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too) --
Pt. VI. Ethics --
What Is Ethics? --
Are There Any Moral Absolutes or Is Morality Completely Relative? --
Ethics and Egoism: Why Should We Be Moral? --
Which Is the Correct Ethical Theory? --
Pt. VII. Political Philosophy --
Why Should I Obey the Government? What Is the Justification of Political Authority? --
Pt. VIII. What Is the Meaning of Life? --
Pt. IX. Philosophy in Action --
Is Abortion Morally Permissible? --
Is the Death Penalty Morally Permissible? --
Do Animals Have Rights? --
Do Multiculturalism and Political Correctness Espouse Ethical and Epistemological Relativism? Appendix: How to Read and Write a Philosophy paper.
Responsibility: [collected by] Louis P. Pojman.

Abstract:

"In this exceptional anthology, Louis P. Pojman helps readers pursue a vital quest - to draw relevant meaning from some of philosophy's most enduring problems. Renowned for its choice collection of classical and contemporary readings that are both wonderfully accessible and complete in their arguments, The Quest for Truth continues to inspire readers to search for philosophical insight." "This book's 69 readings, presented in a pro-con format, allow for the critical exploration of important issues in a balanced arena. Moreover, introductory discussions by Pojman offer illuminating analyses of the readings, and study and review questions add to this book's usefulness by encouraging readers to think independently about the perennial questions pursued in philosophy." "In this Third Edition readers will find four articles on truth and cognitive relativism, including Richard Rorty's provocative "Dismantling Truth" and W.H. Newton-Smith's critique, plus three new articles by Paul Churchland, Tom Nagel, and John Searle on philosophy of mind; inclusion of Richard Taylor's essay on defense of free will, a newly commissioned essay by Bruce Russell on the problem of evil, plus coverage of James Rachels' critique of moral relativism and John Rawls' "A Theory of Justice"; a section on "ethics in action," featuring opposing essays on abortion, the death penalty, animal rights, and political correctness. Now included: Jane English's moderate position on abortion, and a resourceful introductory section on logic (covering informal fallacies), plus an appendix on how to read and write philosophy papers."--Jacket.

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