Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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- A concise, formally structured summation of 100 of the most important arguments in Western philosophy
- The first book of its kind to present the most important and influential philosophical arguments in a clear premise/conclusion format, the language that philosophers use and students are expected to know
- Offers succinct expositions of key philosophical arguments without bogging them down in commentary
- Translates difficult texts to core arguments
- Designed to provides a quick and compact reference to everything from Aquinas’ “Five Ways” to prove the existence of God, to the metaphysical possibilities of a zombie world
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Edited by Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone
JUST THE ARGUMENTS
"An invaluable tool for students or anyone interested in philosophy Just the Arguments distills the most important arguments from the Western philosophical tradition into concise and lucid prose. The editors should be commended for providing such an action-packed resource; it's highly recommended!" Fritz Allhoff, Western Michigan University
Philosophers don't just make claims, they give arguments. Does the existence of evil call into doubt the existence of God? Show me the argument. Will living a just life lead to happiness? Show me the argument. Philosophy starts with questions, but attempts at answers are just as important, and these answers require reasoned argument.
Cutting through notoriously dense and verbose philosophical prose, the authors set 100 famous and influential arguments in context, including key quotations, to explain the original style and approach. Each argument is laid bare in its essential form, with premises and conclusions plainly identified and the form of argument specified.
Designed to offer a quick and compact reference to everything from Aquinas' "Five Ways" to prove the existence of God to the metaphysical possibilities of zombie minds, Just the Arguments is an invaluable one-stop argument shop.
Please see www.justthearguments.com, a site for students, teachers, researchers, and fans of philosophy.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
“A useful resource for an undergraduate library, this book also would be suitable for undergraduate courses, particularly introduction to philosophy, logic, and critical thinking. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers.” (Choice, 1 September 2012)--This text refers to the unknown_binding edition.
- ASIN : B005K04HLS
- Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (August 24, 2011)
- Publication date : August 24, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 789 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 426 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1444336371
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #760,033 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Many of the chapters are a concise review: what was the Third-Man argument again? Ockham's razor? James' Will to Believe? (If you want to plow through Varieties of Religious Experience, by all means!) Other arguments are thankfully to the point: Kant's argument on Why Autonomy Deserves Respect in two pages; Quine's Epistemology Naturalized in three-and-a-half; Wittgenstein's Private Language argument in three, (we should have read those as an undergrad, right?) The writing is clear and each of the authors have taken their time to also note the essential logical analysis at the end of each essay, if you care for that sort of thing.
Where a dictionary or encyclopedia is broad in scope, Just the Arguments is concise. It is written by professional academic philosophers for those of us who share their love of wisdom.
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1. This isn’t really a gripe, but since there’s so many positions covered, you’re bound to only use a portion of the book in a given course. My students would complain about that.
2. Where are all the women? Some important works by women philosophers are missing, and there are very few women contributors. This doesn’t detract from the quality of the work, but I’ve found that students do actually respond to diverse representation.
Still, the content is top-notch and I would eagerly anticipate a new, updated edition.