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Great Philosophical Arguments

Great Philosophical Arguments

ISBN 9780195342604
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Publisher Oxford University Press Inc
A great deal of the satisfaction of studying philosophy lies in exploring its landmark arguments. Working from this premise, Great Philosophical Arguments: An Introduction to Philosophy focuses on the debates that define and drive the field. Editor Lewis Vaughn presents seventy-eight readings--both classic selections and contemporary works--that are topically organized into six chapters: the existence of God, knowledge and skepticism, mind and body, free will and determinism, ethics, and contemporary ethical debates. The readings are grouped by argument into pro/con dialogues within each chapter. Each of the thirty-four arguments is introduced with a brief outline, which is followed by two to four essays presenting the classic statement of the argument, critiques and defenses of it, and discussions of related debates.FEATURES: * A substantial introductory chapter and extensive chapter introductions* Essay questions at the end of each argument section and chapter* Pedagogical features including boldfaced key terms, biographical text boxes, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary* An appendix on how to read and write argumentative essays* An Instructor's Manual and Test Bank on CD featuring chapter summaries, reading summaries, PowerPoint-based lecture outlines, and test questions* A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/vaughn containing study questions, interactive quizzes, flashcards, and helpful links

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