Philosophy: The Quest for Truth


Praised for its accessibility and comprehensiveness, Philosophy: The Quest for Truth provides an excellent selection of classical and contemporary readings on nineteen key problems in philosophy. Louis P. Pojman has carefully organized the essays in each section so that they present pro/condialogues that allow students to compare and contrast the philosophers' positions. Topics covered include the nature of philosophy, the existence of God, immortality, knowledge, the mind-body question, personal identity, free will and determinism, ethics, political philosophy, and the meaning oflife. The sixth edition offers selections from Plato, Rene Descartes, John Locke, David Hume, William James, Bertrand Russell, John Hick, John Hospers, and James Rachels--as well as essays by Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Blaise Pascal, Thomas Hobbes, George Berkeley, Immanuel Kant, Gilbert Ryle,Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alvin Plantinga, and many others. In Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Sixth Edition, Pojman offers substantial introductions to each of the nineteen philosophical problems. In addition, each of the seventy-six readings is accompanied by an individual introduction with a biographical sketch of the philosopher, study questions,and reflective questions that challenge students to analyze and critique the material. Short bibliographies following each major section and a detailed glossary further enhance the text's pedagogical value. Invaluable for introductory courses in philosophy, this highly acclaimed text inspires andguides students' quest for wisdom. New to the Sixth Edition::
• Six selections: William Lane Craig: The Kalam Cosmological Argument and the Anthropic Principle William Rowe: An Analysis of the Ontological Argument Daniel Dennett: Postmodernism and Truth William James: The Dilemma of Determinism Harry Frankfurt: Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person John Rawls: The Contemporary Liberal Answer
• More exercises in the excursus on logic

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Plato
  • John Locke
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • William Lane Craig
  • Plato
  • John Locke
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • William Lane Craig
  • Paul Edwards
  • William Paley
  • David Hume
  • St. Anselm Guanilo
  • William Rowe
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • B. C. Johnson
  • John Hick
  • Blaise Pascal
  • W. K. Clifford
  • William James
  • Antony Flew
  • R. M. Hare
  • Basil Mitchell
  • Alvin Plantinga
  • RenÉ Descartes
  • George Berkeley
  • John Hospers
  • Richard Rorty
  • Daniel Dennett
  • Gilbert Ryle
  • J. P. Moreland
  • Paul Churchland
  • Thomas Nagel
  • John Searle
  • Derek Parfit
  • Godfrey Vesey
  • Baron D’holbach
  • Corliss Lamont
  • W. T. Stace
  • Harry Frankfurt
  • Richard Taylor
  • Ruth Benedict
  • James Rachels
  • Ayn Rand
  • Louis P. Pojman
  • Aristotle
  • Immanuel Kant
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Robert Paul Wolff
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Karl Marx
  • Friedrich Engels
  • John Rawls
  • Epicurus
  • Epictetus
  • Albert Camus
  • Lois Hope Walker
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • John T. Noonan, Jr.
  • Mary Anne Warren
  • Jane English
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Burton Leiser
  • Hugo Adam Bedau
  • Peter Singer
  • Carl Cohen
  • Albert Mosley
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2006
  • 6th