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Introducing Philosophy


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INTRODUCTION: PHILOSOPHY ; A. Socrate ; B. What is Philosophy ; C. Modern Approach to Philosophy ; D. A Brief Introduction to Logic ; PART 1: THE WORLD AND BEYOND ; Chapter 1. Reality ; A. "The Way the World Really Is" ; B. The First Greek Philosophers ; C. Ultimate Reality in the East; India, Persia, and China ; D. Two Kinds of Metaphysics: Plato and Aristotle ; E. Modern Metaphysics: Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz ; Chapter 2. Religion ; A. What is Religion? ; B. The Western Traditions ; C. God as Creator: Intellegence and Design ; D. Religion, Morality, and Evil ; E. Beyond Reason: Faith and Irrationality ; F. Doubts over Religion ; Chapter 3. Knowledge ; A. The Rationalist's Confidence: Descartes ; B. Innate Ideas Concerning Human Understanding: John Locke ; C. The Empiricist Theory of Knowledge ; D. Common Sense Undone: Bishop Berkeley ; E. The Congenial Skeptic: David Hume ; F. Kant's Revolution ; G. The Battle in Europe after Kant: Relativism and Absolutism ; H. Phenomenology ; I. Heremeneutics and Pragmatism: Relativism Reconsidered ; J. Feminist Epistemology ; Chapter 4. Self ; A. Consciousness and the Self: From Descartes to Kant ; B. Existentialism: Self-Identity and the Responsibility of Choice ; C. The Individual and the Community ; D. One Self? Any Self? Questioning the Concept of Personal "Essence" ; Chapter 5. Mind and Body ; A. What is Consciousness? ; B. The Problems of Dualism ; C. The Rejection of Dualism ; D. The Problem of Consciousness ; Chapter 6. Freedom ; A. Fatalism and Karma ; B. Predestination ; C. Determinism ; D. Compulsion and Ignorance ; E. Freedom in Practice ; F. Racial Freedom: Existentialism ; PART 3: THE GOOD AND THE RIGHT ; Chapter 7. Ethics ; A. Morality ; B. Is Morality Relative? ; C. Egotism and Altruism ; D. Morality as Virtue: Aristotle ; E. Morality and Sentiment: Hume and Rousseau ; F. Morality and Practical Reason: Kant ; G. Utilitarianism ; H. The Creation of Morality: Nietzsche and Existentialism ; I. Ethics and Gender ; Chapter 8. Justice ; A. The Problem of Justice ; B. Individual Rights and Freedom ; C. Obeying the Law: Civil Disobediance and Anarchism ; D. A Neglected Right: The Right to Eat

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