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Philosophy Through Fiction and Film

Philosophy Through Fiction and Film - 04 edition

Philosophy Through Fiction and Film - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780130975065

ISBN10: 0130975060

Philosophy Through Fiction and Film by Burton Porter - ISBN 9780130975065
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No
Philosophy Through Fiction and Film by Burton Porter - ISBN 9780130975065

ISBN13: 9780130975065

ISBN10: 0130975060

Edition: 04

Summary

For Introduction to Philosophy courses or for courses in Humanities and Philosophy in/and/of Literature.

Philosophy Through Fiction and Film offers a fresh approach to philosophy using literary and film narratives along with standard philosophic works to introduce students to the basic branches of the field. The fiction and film enliven the philosophic issues, tapping into today's cultural experience, and the philosophic works ground the issues, showing their deeper significance. At the same time, the fundamental problems of philosophy are covered to provide a complete introduction to the field.

Features

  • A fresh approach to philosophy--Uses film and literary narrative along with standard philosophic works to introduce the major fields of philosophy.
    • Connects to today's students by showing basic philosophic issues in a contemporary context and through lively effective media.
  • An extensive bibliography of films--Grouped under the fundamental fields of philosophy.
    • Allows instructors to easily identify those films that can be shown in class to further enliven the philosophic material.
  • Unique discussions of film.
    • Illustrates philosophic concepts in a way that appeals to both students and faculty.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

I. OBTAINING RELIABLE KNOWLEDGE: EPISTEMOLOGY.

A. Appearance and Reality: Is the World the Way It Seems?
B. Modes of Knowing: Perceiving, Reasoning, Intuiting.

II. EXPLORING THE NATURE OF REALITY: METAPHYSICS.

A. The Self: Questioning Its Identity and Freedom.
B. The Universe: What Is Ultimately Real?

III. JUDGING THE VALUE OF CONDUCT: ETHICS.

A. Relativism and Objectivism: Are There Universal Values?
B. Ideals in Living: Doing What's Right or Achieving the Good.

IV. FOUNDATIONS OF BELIEF: THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION.

A. The Existence of God: Examining the Arguments.
B. The Problem of Evil: If God Is Good, Why Do People Suffer?

V. ESTABLISHING THE SOCIAL ORDER: POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.

A. The Individual and Society: Freedom and Equality.
B. The Ideal State: What Is the Best Form of Government?

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