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Echoes from the Cave

Philosophical Conversations since Plato

Lisa Gannett

Publication Date - September 2014

ISBN: 9780195433692

632 pages
10.0 x 8.0 inches

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An anthology of classic and contemporary readings designed to introduce students to the main problems discussed by philosophers past and present


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.

Key Features:

* An issues-based approach features a broad representation of past and current readings chosen and edited to compare perspectives on philosophical issues over time

* A Comprehensive selection of readings includes canonical philosophical works along with a selection of non-philosophical writings that offer unique viewpoints on key problems

* Diverse perspectives, including readings from non-Western, Canadian, and female authors, provide students with a variety of viewpoints

* Classroom-tested content ensures that the level of each selection is suited to introductory philosophy students

* Author headnotes provide biographical context for the readings

About the Author(s)

Lisa Gannett is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 2004.

Table of Contents

    Each chapter includes an Introduction and Film Notes.
    Cave Allegory, Plato
    Personal Identity
    Of Identity and Diversity, John Locke
    The Lost Mariner, Oliver Sacks
    Personal Identity, Derek Parfit
    The Same and the Same: Two Views of Psychological Continuity, Marya Schechtman
    Introduction to The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
    You're Not the Indian I Had in Mind, Thomas King
    Freedom and Determinism
    Of the System of Man's Free Agency, Baron d'Holbach
    Of Liberty and Necessity, David Hume
    The Antimony of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant
    When Is a Man Responsible?, Moritz Schlick
    Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility, Harry G. Frankfurt
    Crime, Genes, and Responsibility, Marcia Baron
    Natural and Social Kinds
    Of Words, John Locke
    Meaning and Reference, Hilary Putnam
    Natural Kinds and Biological Taxa, John Dupré
    Madness: Biological or Constructed?, Ian Hacking
    Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be?, Sally Haslanger
    Preface to The Order of Things, Michel Foucault
    From Meno, Plato
    Knowledge of the External World
    From Meditations on First Philosophy, Rene Descartes
    From Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, in Opposition to Skeptics and Atheists, George Berkeley
    From Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, David Hume
    From Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, Immanuel Kant
    Words, Works, Worlds, Nelson Goodman
    Realism and Anti-Realism; Metaphysics and Empiricism, Anjan Chakravartty
    Knowledge of the Mind
    The Experience of the Body and Classical Psychology, Maurice Merleau-Ponty
    From Philosophical Investigations, Ludwig Wittgenstein
    The Solipsist, Troy Jollimore
    Sensations and Brain Processes, J. J. C. Smart
    The Nature of Mental States, Hilary Putnam
    What Is it Like to Be a Bat?, Thomas Nagel
    Methods of Scientific Inquiry
    Aphorisms Concerning the Interpretation of Nature and the Kingdom of Man, Francis Bacon
    A Survey of Some Fundamental Problems, Karl R. Popper
    Birth of a New Physics or Death of Nature?, Kathleen Okruhlik
    Teleology and the Relationship between Biology and the Physical Sciences in the Nineteenth Century, John Beatty
    Public Knowledge, Public Trust: Toward Democratic Epistemic Practices, Lorraine Code
    Euthyphro, Plato
    Moral Foundations
    From Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle
    From Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Ethics, Immanuel Kant
    What Utilitarianism Is, John Stuart Mill
    On the Cognitive Content of Morality, Jürgen Habermas
    Challenges to Moral Foundations
    Morality as Anti-Nature, Friedrich Nietzsche
    Critique of Ethics, A.J. Ayer
    From "Existentialism and Humanism," Jean-Paul Sartre
    Cultural Relativism and Cultural Values, Melville J. Herskovits
    Gender and Morality
    Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation, Martha C. Nussbaum
    Moral Orientation and Moral Development, Carol Gilligan
    Ethics, "Feminine" Ethics, and Feminist Ethics, Susan Sherwin
    Moral Equality and "Natural" Subordination, Catherine Wilson
    Crito (or On Duty), Plato
    Civil Disobedience
    Resistance to Civil Government, Henry D. Thoreau
    Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr.
    The Justification of Civil Disobedience, John Rawls
    Democratic Government
    From Second Treatise of Government, John Locke
    From Considerations on Representative Government, John Stuart Mill
    Quotas for Women, Anne Phillips
    Modernity, Persons, and Subpersons, Charles W. Mills
    The Politics of Recognition, Charles Taylor
    From Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights, Will Kymlicka
    Liberalism's Last Stand: Minority Rights and the (Mis)recognition of Aboriginal Sovereignty, Dale Turner
    On the Dark Side of Nation: Politics of Multiculturalism and the State of "Canada", Himani Bannerji
    Art as Imitation, Plato
    Diotima on Beauty: Socrates' Speech in Symposium, Plato
    Art and Aesthetics
    On the Metaphysics of the Beautiful and Aesthetics, Arthur Schopenhauer
    The Artworld, Arthur Danto
    What Is Wrong with a Forgery?, Alfred Lessing
    The Aesthetics of Cultural Appropriation, James O. Young
    A Beautiful Life
    From A Confession, Leo Tolstoy
    The Meanings of Lives, Susan Wolf
    The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality, Bernard Williams