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Traditional and Experimental Readings

Fritz Allhoff, Ph.D., Ron Mallon, Ph.D., and Shaun Nichols, Ph.D.

Publication Date - August 2012

ISBN: 9780199775255

608 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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The first introductory philosophy anthology to integrate recent work in empirical and experimental philosophy with traditional readings


Recently, the fields of empirical and experimental philosophy have generated tremendous excitement, due to unexpected results that have challenged philosophical dogma. Responding to this trend, Philosophy: Traditional and Experimental Readings is the first introductory philosophy reader to integrate cutting-edge work in empirical and experimental philosophy with traditional philosophy.

Featuring coverage that is equal parts historical, contemporary, and empirical/experimental, this topically organized reader provides students with a unique introduction to both the core and the vanguard of philosophy. The text is enhanced by pedagogical tools including commentary on each reading and chapter, study questions, suggested further readings, and a glossary.

An Instructor's Manual offers reading summaries, essay/discussion questions, a test bank, PowerPoint-based lecture guides, and web links.

A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/allhoff contains a downloadable version of the Instructor's Manual along with Student Resources: self-quizzes, essay/discussion questions, interactive flashcards with key terms, and web links.

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  • This is a First Edition.

About the Author(s)

Fritz Allhoff is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies at Western Michigan University.

Ron Mallon is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Shaun Nichols is Professor of Philosophy at The University of Arizona.


"Finally we have a textbook for Introduction to Philosophy courses that shows students the direction philosophy is headed in the twenty-first century. This is an ideal textbook for instructors who want to expose their students to a broad range of productive ways in which traditional philosophical debates can be advanced and transformed by material from leading cognitive scientists and experimental philosophers."--Stephen Stich, Rutgers University

"Philosophy: Traditional and Experimental Readings is designed to exploit the rapidly growing trend towards experimental and empirically informed approaches to philosophy. The editors are absolutely first rate. I believe a good many people will be much more excited by this book than by the competition."--John Doris, Washington University in St. Louis

"Allhoff, Mallon, and Nichols's highly innovative and extraordinarily useful anthology is a tour de force. The carefully chosen readings will foster in their readers the enthusiasm and curiosity that stir philosophical thinking, and the inclusion of recent experimental readings will show them that philosophy has much to gain, and nothing to lose, in rubbing its elbows with the empirical sciences."--Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh

"This is a brilliant volume, unlike anything previously published. The classic readings frame philosophy's deepest and most persistent questions. The cutting-edge scientific readings offer new answers and introduce the methods that are transforming philosophy into a vibrant, interdisciplinary enterprise."--Joshua Greene, Harvard University

"This is exactly the volume I wish I could have read when I was first studying philosophy. It presents the classic works of Plato, Aristotle, and Descartes right next to cutting-edge cognitive science papers that go after traditional philosophical questions using the latest experimental methods. The result is a collection that is far more than the sum of its parts. By bringing these texts together in a single volume, the editors allow us to see each of them in a new and very different light."--Joshua Knobe, Yale University

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Belief in God
    Kevin Timpe: Introduction
    1.1a. Anselm: Proslogion
    1.1b. Gaunilo: A Reply on Behalf of the Fool
    1.2. Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologiae
    1.3. William Paley: Natural Theology
    1.4. Blaise Pascal: Pensées
    1.5. Peter van Inwagen: The Argument from Evil
    1.6. Sigmund Freud: The Future of an Illusion
    1.7. Alvin Plantinga: Warranted Christian Belief
    1.8. Deborah Kelemen: Are Children "Intuitive Theists"?
    1.9. Daniel Dennett: Breaking the Spell
    Chapter 2: Skepticism and the Analysis of Knowledge
    James Beebe and Anand J. Vaidya: Introduction
    2.1. Sextus Empiricus: Outlines of Pyrrhonism
    2.2. René Descartes: Meditation I: Concerning Those Things That Can Be Called into Doubt
    2.3. George Berkeley: Principles of Human Knowledge
    2.4. G. E. Moore: Proof of an External World
    2.5. Edmund Gettier: Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?
    2.6. Alvin Goldman: What Is Justified Belief?
    2.7. Shaun Nichols, Stephen Stich, and Jonathan Weinberg: Meta-Skepticism: Meditations in Ethno-Epistemology
    Chapter 3: Explanation and Causation
    Alexandra Bradner: Introduction
    3.1. Aristotle: Physics, Posterior Analytics, Parts of Animals
    3.2. David Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
    3.3. Albert Michotte: The Perception of Causality
    3.4. David Lewis: Causation
    3.5. Laura Schulz, Tamar Kushnir, and Alison Gopnik: Learning from Doing
    Chapter 4: Mental States
    Mark Phelan and Eric Mandelbaum: Introduction
    4.1. René Descartes and Princess Elisabeth: How Can Souls Move Bodies?
    4.2. Paul Bloom: The Duel between Body and Soul
    4.3. Mark Phelan, Eric Mandelbaum, and Shaun Nichols: Brain Damage, Mind Damage, and Dualism
    4.4. Paul Churchland: Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes
    4.5. Ron Mallon, Edouard Machery, Shaun Nichols, and Stephen Stich: Against Arguments from Reference
    4.6. Jerry Fodor: The Persistence of the Attitudes
    4.7. Daniel Dennett: Real Patterns
    4.8. Alison Gopnik and Henry M. Wellman: Why the Child's Theory of Mind Really Is a Theory
    4.9. Joshua Knobe: Person as Scientist, Person as Moralist
    Chapter 5: Consciousness
    Emily Esch and Joshua Weisberg: Introduction
    5.1. René Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy
    5.2. Gottfried Leibniz: The Monadology
    5.3. T. H. Huxley: On the Hypothesis That Animals Are Automata, and Its History
    5.4. Frank Jackson: Epiphenomenal Qualia
    5.5. David Chalmers: The Puzzle of Conscious Experience
    5.6. Patricia Churchland: The Hornswoggle Problem
    5.7a. Martha J. Farah: Visual Perception and Visual Awareness after Brain Damage: A Tutorial
    5.7b. Michael Tye: Ten Problems of Consciousness
    5.8. Justin Sytsma: Folk Psychology and Phenomenal Consciousness
    Chapter 6: Free Will and Moral Responsibility
    Stephen G. Morris and Chris Weigel: Introduction
    6.1. Kai Nielson: The Compatibility of Freedom and Determinism
    6.2. Roderick Chisholm: Human Freedom and the Self
    6.3. Galen Strawson: The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility
    6.4. Harry G. Frankfurt: Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person
    6.5. Eddy Nahmias, Stephen Morris, Thomas Nadelhoffer, and Jason Turner: Surveying Freedom: Folk Intuitions about Free Will and Moral Responsibility
    6.6. Daniel Wegner: The Illusion of Conscious Will
    6.7. Alfred R. Mele: Free Will and Luck
    Chapter 7: Persons and the Self
    Emily Esch: Introduction
    7.1. John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
    7.2. Thomas Reid: Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man
    7.3. David Hume: Treatise of Human Nature
    7.4. Derek Parfit: Divided Minds and the Nature of Persons
    7.5. Paul Bloom: First Person Plural
    Chapter 8: Meta-Ethics
    Tamler Sommers: Introduction
    8.1. Herodotus: Culture Is King
    8.2. Plato: Why Be Moral?
    8.3. A. J. Ayer: Emotivism
    8.4. J. L. Mackie: Error Theory
    8.5. Michael Smith: The Moral Problem
    8.6. James Rachels: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism
    8.7. John Doris and Stephen Stich: Empirical Approaches to Meta-Ethics
    8.8. Jennifer Cole Wright and Hagop Sarkissian: Folk Meta-Ethical Commitments
    Chapter 9: Normative Ethics
    Kevin Timpe: Introduction
    9.1. Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics
    9.2. Immanuel Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
    9.3. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism
    9.4. John Doris: Persons, Situations, and Virtue Ethics
    9.5. Joshua Greene: From Neural "Is" to Moral "Ought"
    Chapter 10: Epilogue: Philosophical Methodology
    Anand J. Vaidya and Michael Shaffer: Introduction
    10.1. Plato: Meno
    10.2. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations
    10.3. Stephen P. Stich: Plato's Method Meets Cognitive Science
    10.4. Ernest Sosa: Experimental Philosophy and Philosophical Intuition
    About the Editors