Higher Education

Wisdom Without Answers: A Brief Introduction to Philosophy, 5th Edition

  • Daniel Kolak William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • Raymond Martin University of Maryland
  • ISBN-10: 0534534651  |  ISBN-13: 9780534534653
  • 176 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1999, 1996, 1991
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.00

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Overview

By speaking directly to the students in a personal tone, this text invites students to get excited about philosophy and to explore how philosophy affects them. Fourteen lively chapters take students deep into the world of philosophical thinking and challenge them to ponder life's big questions.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. Puzzles. Points of View. Wisdom.
1. WHERE.
Location. Nowhereness.
2. WHEN.
Time. Now. Eternity.
3. WHO.
Self. Identity. Impermanence.
4. FREEDOM.
Causation. Randomness.
5. KNOWLEDGE.
Belief. Evidence. Reliability.
6. GOD.
Arguments. Faith. Mystery.
7. REALITY.
Objects. Perception. Interpretation.
8. EXPERIENCE.
Sensation. Thought.
9. CONSCIOUSNESS.
Reduction. Science. Mind.
10. COSMOS.
Science vs. Religion. Nothingness. Ultimate Questions.
11. DEATH.
Souls. Explanation. Survival.
12. MEANING.
Life. Struggles. Success.
13. ETHICS.
Authority. Conditioning. Conscience.
14. VALUES.
Values. Facts. Self-Knowledge.
Epilogue: Concluding Unphilosophical Postscript. Uncrossable Rivers. Isometrics for the Mind. Unanswerable Questions. Philosophical Connections. Name Index.