Exploring Personhood

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Joseph Torchia, O.P.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742579468

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

View: 6628

This book explores the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. The coverage of the work is broad in scope, moving from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism, critically assessing what transpired during the intervening 2500 year period, with a special focus on the contributions of the Aristotelian/Thomistic tradition of inquiry. The work is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of readers, from beginners to more advanced students.

Exploring Personhood

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Joseph Torchia

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780742548374

Category: Philosophy

Page: 295

View: 8940

Explores the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. This book moves from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism, assessing what transpired during the intervening 2500 year period, with a focus on the contributions of the Aristotelian/Thomistic tradition of inquiry.

Exploring Personhood

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Joseph Torchia

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742548381

Category: Philosophy

Page: 295

View: 1151

Explores the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. This book moves from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism, assessing what transpired during the intervening 2500 year period, with a focus on the contributions of the Aristotelian/Thomistic tradition of inquiry.

On Human Nature

An Introduction to Philosophy

Author: Thomas F. Wall

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534624781

Category: Education

Page: 489

View: 2421

Enhance your understanding of the theories of human nature with ON HUMAN NATURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY! Organized in a historical format that draws from sources including Ancient Asian sources, classical thinkers, medieval thinkers, modern thinkers, and contemporary minds, this philosophy text provides you with an introduction to age-old debate that is as crucial now in our technological and scientific age as it has ever been. Study questions provided for each reading and the book-specific website provide you with the opportunity to practice what you have learned.

Education, Society and Human Nature (RLE Edu K)

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

Author: Anthony O'Hear

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136490477

Category: Education

Page: 192

View: 8215

Intended primarily for education students this book provides an introduction to the philosophy of education that tackles educational problems and at the same time relates them to the mainstream of philosophical analysis. Among the educational topics the book discusses are the aims of education, the two cultures debate, moral education, equality as an ideal and academic elitism. It examines the limitations of a purely technological education, and suggests the shape of a balanced curriculum. It critically analyses important educational theses in the work of Rousseau, Dewey, R S Peters, P H Hirst, F R Leavis, Ronald Dworkin and G H Bantock, among many others, and considers the philosophical copics of relativism, the nature of knowledge, the basis of moral choice, the value of democracy and the status of religious claims.

The Human Condition

An Introduction to Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Nina Rosenstand

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 462

View: 9582

This insightful new text uses examples from fiction and film to show how theories about human nature can be applied. By linking abstract theory to "real life" through story telling and story analysis, Nina Rosenstand offers a remarkably effective way of helping students understand, interpret, and evaluate our condition. This carefully crafted text will inspire students to keep asking what it is to be human.

Human Nature and Conduct

Author: John Dewey

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486143449

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

View: 3463

Influential work by the great educator/philosopher maintains that the key to social psychology lies in an understanding of the many varieties of habit; individual mental activity is guided by subordinate factors of impulse and intelligence.

Exploring Personhood

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Joseph Torchia, O.P.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742579468

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

View: 8542

This book explores the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. The coverage of the work is broad in scope, moving from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism, critically assessing what transpired during the intervening 2500 year period, with a special focus on the contributions of the Aristotelian/Thomistic tradition of inquiry. The work is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of readers, from beginners to more advanced students.

An Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy

Author: Roger Scruton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101174056

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

View: 9594

"Philosophy's the 'love of wisdom', can be approached in two ways: by doing it, or by studying how it has been done," so writes the eminent philosopher Roger Scruton. In this user-friendly book, he chooses to introduce philosophy by doing it. Taking the discipline beyond theory and "intellectualism," he presents it in an empirical, accessible, and practical light. The result is not a history of the field but a vivid, energetic, and personal account to guide the reader making his or her own venture into philosophy. Addressing a range of subjects from freedom, God, reality, and morality, to sex, music, and history, Scruton argues philosophy's relevance not just to intellectual questions, but to contemporary life.

Human Nature After Darwin

A Philosophical Introduction

Author: Janet Radcliffe Richards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134615825

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

View: 7349

Human Nature After Darwin is an original investigation of the implications of Darwinism for our understanding of ourselves and our situation. It casts new light on current Darwinian controversies, also providing an introduction to philosophical reasoning and a range of philosophical problems. Janet Radcliffe Richards claims that many current battles about Darwinism are based on mistaken assumptions about the implications of the rival views. Her analysis of these implications provides a much-needed guide to the fundamentals of Darwinism and the so-called Darwin wars, as well as providing a set of philosophical techniques relevant to wide areas of moral and political debate. The lucid presentation makes the book an ideal introduction to both philosophy and Darwinism as well as a substantive contribution to topics of intense current controversy. It will be of interest to students of philosophy, science and the social sciences, and critical thinking.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Author: Lisa Bortolotti

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745635392

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 2992

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science provides a lively and accessible introduction to current key issues and debates in this area. The classic philosophical questions about methodology, progress, rationality and reality are addressed by reference to examples from the full range of natural and social sciences. Lisa Bortolotti uses a historically-informed perspective on the evolution of science and includes a thorough discussion of the ethical implications of scientific research. Special attention is paid to the complex relationship between the advancement of science, policy making and public interest and to the continuity between scientific research and other human activities. The book is designed to help students think for themselves about the issues identified above, and includes information tables and questions for further reflection to support all stages of the teaching and learning experience, from the comprehension of primary and other secondary texts to debate and essay writing. It also includes a thematic bibliography and a glossary of technical terms. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science is an excellent introduction to philosophy for students and provides researchers of scientific disciplines with an opportunity to reflect upon the value and impact of their work. It is also a stimulating read for anybody who is interested in the philosophical issues raised by the status of scientific knowledge, the practice of science and the role of experts in contemporary society.

The Meaning of Science

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

Author: Tim Lewens

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465097499

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 2351

Science has produced explanations for everything from the mechanisms of insect navigation to the formation of black holes and the workings of black markets. But how much can we trust science, and can we actually know the world through it? How does science work and how does it fail? And how can the work of scientists help—or hurt—everyday people? These are not questions that science can answer on its own. This is where philosophy of science comes in. Studying science without philosophy is, to quote Einstein, to be “like somebody who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest.” Cambridge philosopher Tim Lewens shows us the forest. He walks us through the theories of seminal philosophers of science Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn and considers what science is, how far it can and should reach, and how we can determine the nature of its truths and myths. These philosophical issues have consequences that stretch far beyond the laboratory. For instance: What role should scientists have in policy discussions on environmental issues such as fracking? What are the biases at play in the search for a biological function of the female orgasm? If brain scans can be used to demonstrate that a decision was made several seconds before a person actually makes a conscious choice, what does that tell us about the possibility of free will? By examining science through this philosophical lens, Lewens reveals what physics can teach us about reality, what biology teaches us about human nature, and what cognitive science teaches us about human freedom. A masterful analysis of the biggest scientific and ethical issues of our age, The Meaning of Science forces us to confront the practical, personal, and political purposes of science—and why it matters to all of us.

Arguing about Human Nature

Contemporary Debates

Author: Stephen M. Downes,Edouard Machery

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415894401

Category: Philosophy

Page: 596

View: 9176

"This text is a collection of recent research in the philosophy of human nature. It includes research in Anthropology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and other areas where there are fertile discussions about human nature"--

Hume's 'A Treatise of Human Nature'

An Introduction

Author: John P. Wright

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521833760

Category: Philosophy

Page: 316

View: 4559

Examines the development of Hume's ideas and their relation to eighteenth-century theories of the imagination and passions.

The Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Howard P. Kainz

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812699343

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 628

What, exactly, is human nature? What makes humans different from animals (if there is any difference)? In this book, Howard Kainz presents a philosophical analysis of the various concepts of human nature and the many controversies that have surrounded them for centuries. He explores issues such as whether human beings are truly free, whether human instincts differ from animal instincts, and the realities of human maturity.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language

Author: Michael Morris

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139459805

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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In this textbook, Michael Morris offers a critical introduction to the central issues of the philosophy of language. Each chapter focusses on one or two texts which have had a seminal influence on work in the subject, and uses these as a way of approaching both the central topics and the various traditions of dealing with them. Texts include classic writings by Frege, Russell, Kripke, Quine, Davidson, Austin, Grice and Wittgenstein. Theoretical jargon is kept to a minimum and is fully explained whenever it is introduced. The range of topics covered includes sense and reference, definite descriptions, proper names, natural-kind terms, de re and de dicto necessity, propositional attitudes, truth-theoretical approaches to meaning, radical interpretation, indeterminacy of translation, speech acts, intentional theories of meaning, and scepticism about meaning. The book will be invaluable to students and to all readers who are interested in the nature of linguistic meaning.

On Human Nature

Author: Roger Scruton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780691183039

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

View: 4475

In this short book, acclaimed writer and philosopher Roger Scruton presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness. Confronting the views of evolutionary psychologists, utilitarian moralists, and philosophical materialists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, Scruton argues that human beings cannot be understood simply as biological objects. We are not only human animals; we are also persons, in essential relation with other persons, and bound to them by obligations and rights. Scruton develops and defends his account of human nature by ranging widely across intellectual history, from Plato and Averroës to Darwin and Wittgenstein. The book begins with Kant's suggestion that we are distinguished by our ability to say "I"--by our sense of ourselves as the centers of self-conscious reflection. This fact is manifested in our emotions, interests, and relations. It is the foundation of the moral sense, as well as of the aesthetic and religious conceptions through which we shape the human world and endow it with meaning. And it lies outside the scope of modern materialist philosophy, even though it is a natural and not a supernatural fact. Ultimately, Scruton offers a new way of understanding how self-consciousness affects the question of how we should live. The result is a rich view of human nature that challenges some of today's most fashionable ideas about our species.

The Problems of Philosophy

Author: Bertrand Russell

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048612116X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

View: 6893

Accessible, thought-provoking study by Nobel Prize-winner considers distinction between appearance and reality, existence and nature of matter, idealism, inductive logic, intuitive knowledge, many other stimulating subjects.

Philosophy

Selected Chapters for Introduction to Philosophy, Riverside Community College

Author: Manuel Velasquez

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780495199335

Category: Philosophy

Page: 745

View: 8831

Offering students an accessible, engaging complete introduction to philosophy, Velasquez combines clear prose and primary sources to provide a meaningful exploration of philosophy that relates to students' self-discovery. Covering a wide range of topics, such as human nature, feminist theory, diversity, and aesthetics, this text is organized to encourage critical thinking and studying through questions and readings that always connect philosophy back to students' personal experiences.

This is Philosophy of Mind

An Introduction

Author: Pete Mandik

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118607392

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

View: 4605

This is Philosophy of Mind presents students of philosophy with an accessible introduction to the core issues related to the philosophy of mind. Includes issues related to the mind-body problem, artificial intelligence, free will, the nature of consciousness, and more Written to be accessible to philosophy students early in their studies Features supplemental online resources on www.thisisphilosophy.com and a frequently updated companion blog, at http://tipom.blogspot.com