Philosophy: The Quest for Truth

Philosophy: The Quest for Truth

Philosophy: The Quest for Truth

Philosophy: The Quest for Truth

Synopsis

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

Excerpt

I am grateful for the wide use the first five editions of this introductory textbook received and am happy to bring forth an improved edition. Many instructors sent in constructive suggestions for this edition. I have given them serious consideration and incorporated many of them without sacrificing the central focus and methodology.

This anthology was designed for lower-division (freshmen and sophomore) students in Introduction to Philosophy courses. After several years of using some of the more comprehensive anthologies, and rejecting spoon-fed introductory texts, I came to the conclusion that the more rigorous anthologies are simply too hard for the average undergraduate nonphilosophy major. There was need for an anthology with more modest ambitions—but one that concentrated on the classic texts and raised the classic issues: 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 of life.

I have sought to provide such a middle way between the heavy-duty textbooks and those that seem trendy and simplistic. Although other fine anthologies are available, few are centered in classic texts, as this book is. My book raises some questions not usually covered. It provides more and different readings to discuss all the questions and, at the end of each reading, it provides reflective questions. In this way Philosophy: The Quest for Truth fills a need and establishes a niche of its own.

Organization

Each of the nineteen questions considered in this book has a substantial introduction; in addition, individual introductions, including biographical sketches, are provided for each of the seventy-six readings. Each reading is preceded by a set of study questions and followed by a set of reflective questions that challenge the student to analyze, critique, and develop the arguments presented in the readings. A short bibliography follows each major part of the book. There is an appendix on how to read and write a philosophy paper. A glossary appears at the end.

Teachers will use the two sets of questions in different ways. The study questions, at the beginning of the readings, center on the content of the article and highlight . . .

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