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Echoes from the Cave

Ideal for introductory philosophy courses that take a topical, problem-oriented approach, this anthology offers an in-depth exploration of the five main branches of philosophy-metaphysics, epistemology, morality, politics, and aesthetics. Considerations of these branches are anchored by readings from Plato and expanded through thoughtfully edited historical and contemporary pieces by a wide range of thinkers, inviting students to become active participants in the philosophical tradition.
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Note: Each chapter includes: ; - Introduction ; - Film Notes ; PART ONE: THE REAL ; Cave Allegory ; PERSONAL IDENTITY ; Of Identity and Diversity ; The Lost Mariner ; Personal Identity ; The Same and the Same: Two Views of Psychological Continuity ; Introduction to The Second Sex ; You're Not the Indian I Had in Mind ; FREEDOM AND DETERMINISM ; Of the System of Man's Free Agency ; Of Liberty and Necessity ; The Antimony of Pure Reason ; When Is a Man Responsible? ; Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility ; Crime, Genes, and Responsibility ; NATURAL AND SOCIAL KINDS ; Of Words ; Meaning and Reference ; Natural Kinds and Biological Taxa ; Madness: Biological or Constructed? ; Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be? ; Preface to The Order of Things ; PART TWO: THE TRUE ; From Meno ; KNOWLEDGE OF THE EXTERNAL WORLD ; From Meditations on First Philosophy ; From Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, in Opposition to Skeptics and Atheists ; From Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding ; From Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics ; Words, Works, Worlds ; Realism and Anti-Realism; Metaphysics and Empiricism ; KNOWLEDGE OF THE MIND ; The Experience of the Body and Classical Psychology ; From Philosophical Investigations ; The Solipsist ; Sensations and Brain Processes ; The Nature of Mental States ; What Is it Like to Be a Bat? ; METHODS OF SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY ; Aphorisms Concerning the Interpretation of Nature and the Kingdom of Man ; A Survey of Some Fundamental Problems ; Birth of a New Physics or Death of Nature? ; Teleology and the Relationship between Biology and the Physical Sciences in the Nineteenth Century ; Public Knowledge, Public Trust: Toward Democratic Epistemic Practices ; PART THREE: THE GOOD ; Euthyphro ; MORAL FOUNDATIONS ; From Nicomachean Ethics ; From Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Ethics ; What Utilitarianism Is ; On the Cognitive Content of Morality ; CHALLENGES TO MORAL FOUNDATIONS ; Morality as Anti-Nature ; Critique of Ethics ; From "Existentialism and Humanism" ; Cultural Relativism and Cultural Values ; GENDER AND MORALITY ; Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation ; Moral Orientation and Moral Development ; Ethics, "Feminine" Ethics, and Feminist Ethics ; Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation ; Moral Equality and "Natural" Subordination ; PART FOUR: THE JUST ; Crito (or On Duty) ; CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ; Resistance to Civil Government ; Letter from Birmingham Jail ; The Justification of Civil Disobedience ; DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT ; From Second Treatise of Government ; From Considerations on Representative Government ; Quotas for Women ; Modernity, Persons, and Subpersons ; MULTICULTURALISM ; The Politics of Recognition ; From Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights ; Liberalism's Last Stand: Minority Rights and the (Mis)recognition of Aboriginal Sovereignty ; On the Dark Side of Nation: Politics of Multiculturalism and the State of "Canada" ; PART FIVE: THE BEAUTIFUL ; Art as Imitation ; Diotima on Beauty: Socrates' Speech in Symposium ; ART AND AESTHETICS ; On the Metaphysics of the Beautiful and Aesthetics ; The Artworld ; What Is Wrong with a Forgery? ; The Aesthetics of Cultural Appropriation ; A BEAUTIFUL LIFE ; From A Confession ; The Meanings of Lives ; The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality ; Glossary

About the Author

Lisa Gannett is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 2004.

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