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Philosophy for Dummies - 99 edition

Philosophy for Dummies - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780764551536

ISBN10: 0764551531

Philosophy for Dummies by Tom Morris - ISBN 9780764551536
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Philosophy for Dummies by Tom Morris - ISBN 9780764551536

ISBN13: 9780764551536

ISBN10: 0764551531

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99

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Summary

The ancient philosopher Socrates claimed that ''the only true knowledge is knowing that you know nothing.'' What better way to discover philosophy than with Philosophy For Dummies. You may not necessarily consider yourself a ''deep thinker,'' but if you're looking for guidance with some of those seemingly unanswerable questions, this will be the road best traveled (not to mention the most concise and easy-to-understand).

What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? What's the deal with death? These questions and many more are posed and discussed at length in order to give you a better understanding of the history and the path of humanity's quest to understand our lot in life. Best of all, this information is presented in the same simple, unpretentious style you've come to expect from the ...For Dummies® line of books. Read about the ideas of some of the greatest minds, such as Plato, Aristotle, and John Locke; then discover some names you may not have heard before, such as Soren Kierkegaard and Bertrand Russell. You can begin your quest for enlightenment right here, The Dummies Way, with Philosophy For Dummies.

Author Bio

Morris, Tom :

Tom Morris, Ph.D., author of True Success and other books, taught philosophy at Notre Dame University for 15 years and currently heads the Morris Institute for Human Values.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction.
PART I: What Is Philosophy, Anyway?

Chapter 1: Great Thinkers, Deep Thoughts.
Chapter 2: Philosophy as an Activity.
Chapter 3: The Love of Wisdom.

PART II: How Do We Know Anything?

Chapter 4: Belief, Truth, and Knowledge.
Chapter 5: The Challenge of Skepticism.
Chapter 6: The Amazing Reality of Basic Beliefs.

PART III: What Is the Good?

Chapter 7: What Is Good?
Chapter 8: Happiness, Excellence, and the Good Life.
Chapter 9: Ethical Rules and Moral Character.

PART IV: Are We Ever Really Free?

Chapter 10: Fate, Destiny, and You.
Chapter 11: Standard Views of Freedom.
Chapter 12: Just Do It: Human Agency in the World.

PART V: The Incredible, Invisible You.

Chapter 13: What Is a Person?
Chapter 14: The Case for Materialism.
Chapter 15: The Case for Dualism.

PART VI: What's the Deal with Death?

Chapter 16: From Dust to Dust: Fear and the Void.
Chapter 17: Philosophical Consolations on Death.
Chapter 18: Is There Life After Death?

PART VII: Is There a God?

Chapter 19: Two World Views.
Chapter 20: Theistic Visions.
Chapter 21: The Problem of Evil.

PART VIII: The Meaning of Life.

Chapter 22: What Is the Meaning of Life?
Chapter 23: Pascal's Wager: Betting Your Life.
Chapter 24: Success and Happiness in Life.

PART IX: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Ten Great Philosophers.
Chapter 26: Ten Great Questions.

Index.
Book Registration Information.