Philosophical Adventures
  • Publication Date: August 15, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814763 / 1554814766
  • 100 pages; 5" x 7"
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Philosophical Adventures

  • Publication Date: August 15, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554814763 / 1554814766
  • 100 pages; 5" x 7"

Philosophical Adventures is an accessible, engaging introduction to philosophical issues. The book explores six broad themes: reasoning, free will, religious belief, ethics, well-being, and society. Each topic is presented so as to be easily understandable yet philosophically rigorous. Steven M. Cahn’s clear style and vivid examples provide a welcoming path to these challenging issues, encouraging readers to embark on their own philosophical adventures.

Preface

Part I: Reasoning

  • 1: The Elements of Argument
  • 2. Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
  • 3: Dummy Hypotheses

Part II: Free Will

  • 4: Determinism and Freedom
  • 5: Random Choices

Part III: Religious Belief

  • 6: Philosophical Proofs and Religious Commitment
  • 7: The Theodicy Trap
  • 8: Religion Without God

Part IV: Ethics

  • 9: Moral Judgments
  • 10: Moral Principles
  • 11: Moral Puzzles

Part V: Well Being

  • 12: Living Well
  • 13: Choosing the Experience Machine

Part VI: Society

  • 14: The Case for Democracy
  • 15: The Content of a Liberal Education

Steven M. Cahn is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has written or edited more than sixty books, including several best-selling philosophy collections.

  • — An uncommonly clear and accessible introduction to many of the central topics of philosophy.
  • — Vivid examples are used to illustrate key points.
  • — Addresses issues of relevance both inside and outside of academia, such as the possibility of free will, religious belief with and without God, and democracy vs. its alternatives.
  • — Written by one of the discipline’s pre-eminent teacher, author and editor of numerous widely-used textbooks.