Knowing Reality
A Guided Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554815302 / 1554815304
  • 400 pages; 6½" x 9"

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Knowing Reality

A Guided Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology

  • Publication Date: May 31, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554815302 / 1554815304
  • 400 pages; 6½" x 9"

Knowing Reality is a guided introduction to metaphysics and epistemology. Each of the book’s twelve chapters contains extended excerpts from influential historical and contemporary philosophers, as well as a guided exposition of their views and their locations within the logical space of the issues at play. Topics are introduced through engaging thought experiments, with relevant philosophical puzzles sprinkled throughout. Complex issues are explained using down-to-earth examples, with illustrations provided to connect with readers and assist them in understanding the sophisticated concepts under discussion.

Introduction

Chapter 1: Philosophy and Sophistry

  • 1.1 Ancient Greek Mythology
  • 1.2 Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • 1.3 Sophism
  • 1.4 The Upside of Philosophy
  • 1.5 How to Win an Argument
  • Summary

Chapter 2: Truth and Relativism

  • 2.1 Correspondence Theory
  • 2.2 Coherence Theory
  • 2.3 Pragmatic Theory
  • 2.4 Relativism
  • Summary

Chapter 3: Substances – Change and Sameness

  • 3.1 Milesian Materialism
  • 3.2 Eleatic Idealism
  • 3.3 Substratum Theory
  • 3.5 Perdurantism
  • Summary

Chapter 4: Personal Identity

  • 4.1 Soul Theory
  • 4.2 Bundle Theory
  • 4.3 Psychological Theory
  • Summary

Chapter 5: Mind and Brain

  • 5.1 Dualism
  • 5.2 Mind-Brain Identity Theory
  • 5.3 Functionalism
  • 5.4 Eliminative Materialism
  • 5.5 Idealism
  • Summary

Chapter 6: Free Will and Determinism

  • 6.1 Hard Determinism
  • 6.2 Libertarianism
  • 6.3 Compatibilism
  • Summary

Chapter 7: Knowledge

  • 7.1 Propositional Knowledge
  • 7.2 Descartes’ Rationalism
  • 7.3 Hume’s Empiricism
  • 7.4 Naturalized Epistemology
  • 7.5 Social Epistemology
  • Summary

Chapter 8: Perception

  • 8.1 Direct Realism
  • 8.2 Skepticism
  • 8.3 Representational Model
  • 8.4 Idealism
  • 8.5 Intentionalism
  • Summary

Chapter 9: Self-Knowledge

  • 9.1. Inner Sense Model
  • 9.2 Behaviourism
  • 9.3 Acquaintance Model
  • 9.4 Externalist Models
  • 9.5 Self-Deception
  • 9.6 Rationality and Irrationality
  • Summary

Chapter 10: Philosophy of Science

  • 10.1 Aristotle
  • 10.2 Francis Bacon
  • 10.3 David Hume
  • 10.4 Immanuel Kant
  • 10.5 Logical Positivism
  • 10.6 W. V. O. Quine
  • 10.7 Helen Longino
  • Summary

Chapter 11: God and Naturalism

  • 11.1 The Cosmological Argument for Theism
  • 11.2 The Naturalistic Argument for Naturalism
  • 11.3 The Teleological Argument for Theism
  • 11.4 The Problem of Evil
  • Summary

Chapter 12: Religious Experience, Faith, and Reason

  • 12.1 Varieties of Religious Experience
  • 12.2 Religious Experience as Delusions
  • 12.3 The Principle of Credulity and the Principle of Testimony
  • 12.4 Naturalistic Accounts
  • 12.5 Reason and Faith
  • 12.6 Fideism
  • 12.7 Evidentialism
  • 12.8 The Belief Model
  • Summary

Appendix 1: How to Write an ‘A’ Paper

  • 1. Thesis Statement
  • 2. Roadmap
  • 3. Logical Structure
  • 4. Sentence Structure
  • 5. Original Ideas
  • 6. Accurate Portrayal of Philosophical Positions
  • 7. Effective Critiques of Philosophical Positions
  • 8. Quotations and References

Dwayne Moore is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan.

  • • A “hybrid” text combining the author’s skillful explanations with brief primary source readings.
  • • Over forty concise readings, representing a broad mix of historical sources and contemporary discussions, all thoughtfully excerpted for student readers.
  • • Introduces numerous core topics in metaphysics and epistemology such as relativism, philosophy of mind, free will, perception, science, and religious belief.
  • • Offers a balanced analysis of issues that accurately and fairly represents the pros and cons of competing positions.
  • • Illustrations and diagrams are integrated throughout.

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