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CHAPTERS 2-7 OPEN WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND CLOSE WITH ESSAY QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING; CHAPTER 1. PHILOSOPHICAL WORK; CHAPTER 2. THE EXISTENCE OF GOD; 1. THE COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT; 2. THE DESIGN ARGUMENT FROM ANALOGY; 3. THE DESIGN ARGUMENT FROM THE BEST EXPLANATION; 4. THE ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT; 5. THE ARGUMENT FROM MIRACLES; 6. THE ARGUMENT FROM EVIL; CHAPTER 3. KNOWLEDGE AND SKEPTICISM; 7. DESCARTES' DREAM AND EVIL GENIUS ARGUMENTS; 8. DESCARTES' ARGUMENT AGAINST SKEPTICISM; 9. BERKELEY'S ARGUMENT AGAINST THE EXISTENCE OF MATERIAL OBJECTS; 10. HUME'S ARGUMENT AGAINST INDUCTION; CHAPTER 4. MIND AND BODY; 11. DESCARTES' CONCEIVABILITY ARGUMENT FOR DUALISM; 12. NAGEL'S BAT ARGUMENT AGAINST MIND-BODY IDENTITY; 13. CHALMERS' ZOMBIE ARGUMENT AGAINST MATERIALISM; 14. BLOCK'S CHINESE BRAIN ARGUMENT AGAINST FUNCTIONALISM; 15. SEARLE'S CHINESE ROOM ARGUMENT AGAINST STRONG AI; CHAPTER 5. FREE WILL AND DETERMINISM; 16. ARGUMENT FOR HARD DETERMINISM; 17. INDETERMINIST ARGUMENT FOR FREE WILL; 18. ARGUMENT AGAINST COMPATIBILISM; 19. ARGUMENT AGAINST LIBERTARIANISM; CHAPTER 6. ETHICS; 20. ARGUMENT FOR CULTURAL RELATIVISM; 21. ARGUMENT AGAINST ETHICAL EGOISM; 22. ARGUMENT AGAINST THE DIVINE COMMAND THEORY; 23. ARGUMENT AGAINST UTILITARIANISM; 24. ARGUMENT AGAINST KANTIAN ETHICS; CHAPTER 7. PHILOSOPHY AT WORK: CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL DEBATES; ABORTION; TWO ARGUMENTS AGAINST ABORTION; TWO ARGUMENTS FOR ABORTION; EUTHANASIA; TWO ARGUMENTS AGAINST EUTHANASIA; TWO ARGUMENTS FOR EUTHANASIA; GLOBAL HUNGER; 33. HARDIN'S ARGUMENT AGAINST AIDING THE POOR; 34. SINGER'S ARGUMENT FOR AIDING THE POOR

About the Author

Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Eighth Edition (2011), Classics of Philosophy, Third Edition (2010), Contemporary Moral Arguments (2010), The Power of Critical Thinking, Third Edition (2009), Bioethics (2008), and Writing Philosophy (2005), all published by Oxford University Press.

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"I very much like the general theme of this book. Organizing things around a set of philosophical arguments is a good approach, since the skills of identifying, stating, and critiquing arguments happen to be exactly the skills that ought to be a primary focus of any introductory course."--Dennis Earl, Coastal Carolina University


"This is an excellent Introduction to Philosophy text. I think that the 'argument' approach as presented in this book is very effective. The approach of first introducing the issue and the arguments, then offering a 'pro/con' set of readings, followed by questions, will encourage students to analyze the readings and to distinguish the respective arguments."--Kevin W. Sweeney, University of Tampa


"The author's style is a real strength of this book. Clear and engaging, and with a real knack for explaining clearly and quickly where the essence of a problem and the crux of an argument are."--Jozef Muller, University of Florida


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"I very much like the general theme of this book. Organizing things around a set of philosophical arguments is a good approach, since the skills of identifying, stating, and critiquing arguments happen to be exactly the skills that ought to be a primary focus of any introductory course."--Dennis Earl, Coastal Carolina University


"This is an excellent Introduction to Philosophy text. I think that the 'argument' approach as presented in this book is very effective. The approach of first introducing the issue and the arguments, then offering a 'pro/con' set of readings, followed by questions, will encourage students to analyze the readings and to distinguish the respective arguments."--Kevin W. Sweeney, University of Tampa


"The author's style is a real strength of this book. Clear and engaging, and with a real knack for explaining clearly and quickly where the essence of a problem and the crux of an argument are."--Jozef Muller, University of Florida


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