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Philosophy : basic readings
Warburton, Nigel, 1962-
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 449 pages ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
1340 Lexile.

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This is the ideal introduction to key philosophical texts for students. Nigel Warburton brings philosophy to life with an imaginative selection of philosophical writings on key topics. Each chapter considers a key area of philosophy, complementing the sections in Philosophy: The Basicswith a selection of readings.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Philosophy?
1 What Makes Someone a Philosopher?Mary Warnock
2 Analytic PhilosophyD.H. Mellor
3 The Method of PhilosophyA.J. Ayer
4 The Value of PhilosophyBertrand Russell
Section 1 God
1 The Wager Blaise Pascal
2 Proofs of GodMartin Gardner
3 Evil and OmnipotenceJ.L. Mackie
4 Why God Allows EvilRichard Swimburne
5 Of MiraclesDavid Hume
6 Viruses of the MindRichard Dawkins
Section 2 Right and Wrong
1 The Categorical ImperativeImmanuel Kant
2 The Experience MachineRobert Nozick
3 Higher and Lower PleasuresJohn Stuart Mill
4 A Critique of UtilitarianismBernard Williams
5 The Solzhenitsyn PrincipleJonathan Glover
6 Neo-AristolelianismRosalind Hursthouse
7 A Defence of AbortionJudith Jarvis Thomson
8 Moral LuckThomas Nagel
9 RelativismBernard Williams
Section 3 Politics
1 The Natural Condition of Mankind Thomas Hobbes
2 Two Concepts of LibertyIsiah Berlin
3 Freedom to BoxNigel Warburton
4 Discrimination and Sexual JusticeJanet Radcliffe Richards
5 Letter from Birmingham JailMartin Luther King jr
6 All Animals are EqualPeter Singer
Section 4 The External World
1 Of the Things we may DoubtRene Descartes
2 DescartesBernard Williams and and and Bryan Magee
3 ColoursGeorge Berkeley
4 Of the Origin of IdeasDavid Hume
5 Epistemology Naturalised - Nature Know ThyselfAlex Orenstein
Section 5 Mind
1 The Diary and The Beetle in the BoxLudwig Wittgenstein
2 Sensations and Brain ProcessesJ.J.C. Smart
3 Minds, Brains and ProgramsJohn Searle
4 What is it Like to be a Bat?Thomas Nagel
5 Where am I?Daniel C. Dennett
Section 6 Science
1 The Problem of DemarcationKarl Popper
2 Anomaly and the Emergence of Scientific DiscoveriesThomas Kuhn
3 How to Defend Society Against SciencePaul Feyerabend
4 Feyerabend: Anything GoesAlan Sokal and Jean Bricmont
Section 7 Art
1 Significant FormClive Bell
2 The Intentional FallacyWimsatt and Beardsley
3 Of the Standard of TasteDavid Hume
4 What is Wrong with a ForgeryAlfred Lessing
5 Pierre Menard, Author of the QuixoteJorge Luis Borges
Further Reading