Monday 16th 10am - 8pm
Tuesday 17th 10am - 9pm
Wednesday 18th 10am - 9pm
Thursday 19th 10am - 10pm
Friday 20th 10am - 9pm
Saturday 21st 10am - 9pm
Sunday 22nd 10am - 9pm
Monday 23rd 10am - 9pm
Tuesday 24th 10am - 7pm
Christmas Day 25th CLOSED
Boxing Day 26th 10am - 9pm
The Basics of Western Philosophy
Publisher : Humanity Books
Published Date : 2006/12
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781591024644
BookWeb Price : A$ 47.94
Kinokuniya Card Member Price : A$ 43.15
Availability Status : Our fulfillment centre has the item in stock.
Usually dispatches within 3 working days.
Language : English
|Store||Shelf Location||Click here||Stock|
|Sydney||C01-05, B13-09, B13-11||Map|
Academic Descriptors： A10200000
Place of Publication： United States
Academic Level： Undergraduate
Preface xi PART I: THE ACTIVITY OF PHILOSOPHY 1 Chapter 1: The Nature of Philosophy 3 Philosophy As Theory of Theories 5 Philosophy As the Search for Conceptual 6 Clarity Philosophy As the Search for a Better Way 7 of Living Philosophy, in Education: The Allegory of 8 the Cave Chapter 2: Logic and Language 13 The Ideal of Reason 13 Formal Logic 14 Statements and Arguments 14 Truth-Functional Logic 17 Informal Logic 21 Criticizing Informal Arguments: The 22 Premisses Criticizing Informal Arguments: The 23 Language Criticizing Informal Arguments: The 24 Warrant Linguistic Analysis 27 The Technique of Analysis 27 Ethics and Linguistic Analysis: An 28 Application Chapter 3: A Sketch of the History of 31 Philosophy Why Philosophers Study the History of 31 Philosophy Ancient Philosophy 32 Before Philosophy 32 Pre-Socratic Philosophy 33 The Golden Age of Greek Philosophy 35 Greco-Roman Philosophy 37 Medieval Philosophy 41 Christian Philosophy at the Close of the 41 Roman Empire The High Middle Ages 44 The Modern World 45 The Early Modern Period 45 The Enlightenment 50 Rationalists and Empiricists 52 The Nineteenth Century 56 The Contemporary World 59 General Characteristics 59 Pragmatism 62 Logic and Language in the 63 English-Speaking World Philosophy on the European Continent 64 PART II: THE PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY 67 Chapter 4: Metaphysics 69 Aristotle and the Problem of Being 69 The Early Greek Cosmologists 70 Plato and the Origin of Metaphysics 73 Aristotle 79 The Physical Make-up of a Substance 79 The Dynamics of Change 80 The Fixity of Things 82 Early Modern Metaphysics 84 Descartes 85 Dualism, Materialism, and Idealism 87 Metaphysics in Early Modern Great Britain 89 Locke 90 Hume 91 Kant and the Critique of Metaphysics 93 Hegel 96 Metaphysics in the Twentieth Century 98 The European Continent 98 Metaphysics in Great Britain and the 103 United States History and Metaphysics in the Twentieth 103 Century Chapter 5: Epistemology 105 The Problem of Knowledge in the Ancient 105 World The Challenge of Skepticism 108 The Tree in the Forest 108 Illusions 109 The Problem of Universals in the Middle Ages 110 The Modern Formulation of the Problem of 112 Knowledge Descartes: Rational Knowledge 112 Primary and Secondary Qualities 113 Locke: Empirical Knowledge 114 Hume and the Problem of Induction 115 Kant and Transcendental Idealism 118 Hegel and Absolute Idealism 121 Twentieth-Century Epistemology on the 121 European Continent Hermeneutics and Historicism 122 Phenomenology 124 Contemporary Epistemology in the 125 English-Speaking World Russell 125 The Influence of the Vienna Circle 127 Wittgenstein 127 Pragmatism 128 Metaphysics and Epistemology 131 Chapter 6: Ethics 133 Moral Experience 134 The Subject Matter of Ethics 135 Choice 135 Freedom 135 Moral Relativism 137 Normative Ethics 139 Theories of Virtue 139 Rule-Based Ethics 145 Contemporary Issues in Ethics 165 Moral Skepticism 165 New Efforts in Moral Theory 166 Chapter 7: Social and Political Philosophy 177 Theory of Justice: Characteristics 177 Plato: Justice As Harmony 179 Aristotle: The State and the Individual 184 Social and Political Philosophy in the 186 Middle Ages Saint Augustine 186 Saint Thomas Aquinas 187 Idealism and Realism: The Early Modern World 189 Thomas Hobbes 189 John Locke 193 Jean-Jacques Rousseau 197 The Nineteenth Century: Radicalism and 204 Liberalism Karl Marx 204 John Stuart Mill 210 Social and Political Philosophy in the 213 Twentieth Century Critical Theory 213 Recent Social and Political Philosophy in 217 the United States Chapter 8: Philosophy of Religion 225 God and Philosophy 225 Defining the Concept of God 227 The Uniqueness of God 227 God's Omnipotence 227 God's Eternity 228 God As a Person 230 God's Moral Nature 231 The Euthyphro Question 231 God's Purposes 233 Divine Love 233 Arguments for God's Existence 234 The Ontological Argument 235 The Cosmological Argument 238 The Teleological Argument 239 An Argument against God's Existence: The 241 Argument from Evil God and Linguistic Philosophy 243 Chapter 9: Science and Human Nature 247 The Problem of Human Nature 247 Evolution and Human Nature 248 The Conflict between Science and Religion 250 The Scientific Approach to Human Nature 250 Psychoanalysis 251 Behaviorism 254 The Problem of Free Will 256 Genetics and Human Nature 258 Neurophysiology and the Philosophy of Mind 260 A Humanist Approach to Human Nature: 265 Existentialism The Absurdity of Human Existence 266 Consciousness 267 Freedom 270 "Existence Precedes Essence" 271 Dread, the Other, and Bad Faith 272 Postscript 274 Timeline 275 Bibliography 281 Index 289
This outstanding introductory work offers students and the general reader a concise, accessible overview of the nature, problems, and history of Western philosophy. The book is divided into two parts. Part I examines the process of philosophical discourse, including discussions of some of its greatest practitioners, elementary techniques of logical analysis, and a sketch of the history of philosophy from its earliest beginnings among the ancient Greeks to the current day. Part II considers the major problems of philosophy. Separate chapters are devoted to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophical anthropology.Frequent sidebars succinctly present background material on specific topics and provide brief biographies of major philosophers. Complete with helpful tables, diagrams, illustrations, and a very useful time line and bibliography for students, this lucid synopsis of Western philosophy will enlighten the beginner while conveying the excitement of intellectual discovery.
Your cart is empty.
|WEEKLY BESTSELLERS Under same category|
Grayling, A. C.
Skidelsky, Robert/ Skidelsky, Edward
Kierkegaard, Soren/ Eremita, Victor (EDT)