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Roots of Wisdom: A Tapestry of Philosophical Traditions

Roots of Wisdom: A Tapestry of Philosophical Traditions 8th Edition

By: Helen Buss Mitchell
ISBN-10: 1337672041
/ ISBN-13: 9781337672047
Edition: 8th Edition
Language: English
				
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The Making of a Philosopher Boxes

Preface

Part 1: What Is Everything Really Like?

    • Historical Interlude A: A Worldwide Context for Western Philosophy
    • Chapter 1: Why Philosophy?
    • The Issue Defined
    • The Pre-Socratic Cosmologists
    • The Sophists
    • The Classical Period in Greek Philosophy
    • Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Axiology in Asian Thought
    • Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Axiology in African Thought
    • The Peoples of the Americas
    • A Look Ahead
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes
    • Chapter 2: Reality and Being
    • The Issue Defined
    • Reality and the Brain: The Visual World and Constructed Reality
    • Ontology: What Is Real?
    • Asian Views of Reality
    • Materialism: Reality as Purely Material
    • Pragmatism: Reality as What We Can Know
    • Contemporary Physics and the Nature of Reality
    • Cosmology: Is There Order and Purpose in the Universe?
    • The Possibility of Eternal Dimensions
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes
    • Historical Interlude B: Philosophy and Early Christianity
    • Chapter 3: Human Nature
    • The Issue Defined
    • Who or What Are We?
    • Non-Western Views of the Self
    • What Are We Doing Here?
    • Issues of Human Identity and Freedom
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes
    • Chapter 4: Philosophy and Ultimate Reality
    • The Issue Defined
    • Seeking an Ultimate Reality Using Reason
    • Seeking an Ultimate Reality Using Intuition
    • Seeking an Ultimate Reality beyond Anthropomorphic Images
    • Implications for Human Nature and Cosmology
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes

Part 2: How Am I to Understand the World?

    • Historical Interlude C: From the Medieval to the Modern World
    • Chapter 5: Knowledge Sources
    • The Issue Defined
    • The Peoples of the Americas: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
    • The Rationalist Approach of Rene Descartes
    • Responses to the Mind-Body Problem
    • British Empiricism
    • Implications of Empiricism for Philosophy
    • The Knower and the Known
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes
    • Chapter 6: Truth Tests
    • The Issue Defined
    • Truth Tests
    • Truth and the Really Real
    • Truth in Science
    • Truth in History
    • Truth in Texts: The Deconstruction Test of Truth
    • The Elusive Nature of Truth
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes
    • Chapter 7: Aesthetic Experience
    • The Issue Defined
    • Functions of Art in Society
    • Art and Beauty
    • Truth and Beauty
    • Truth and Beauty in Western Philosophy
    • Art as a Vehicle for Experiencing the World Differently
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes

Part 3: By What Values Shall I Live in the World?

    • Historical Interlude D: From the Modern to the Postmodern World
    • Chapter 8: Political Philosophy
    • The Issue Defined
    • Theories of the Right to Rule
    • Natural Rights and Feminism
    • The Right to Govern
    • Sovereignty and Citizenship: (Re)Negotiating the Social Contract
    • Political Theory
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes
    • Chapter 9: Social Philosophy
    • The Issue Defined
    • Classical Theories of Justice
    • Utilitarianism as a Measure of Justice
    • Justice Expressed as Fairness
    • African American Social Philosophy
    • Mexican American Social Philosophy
    • Feminist Social Philosophy
    • War and Its Justifications
    • Communitarianism
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes
    • Chapter 10: Ethics
    • The Issue Defined
    • Western Ethical Theories
    • Asian and African Ethical Theories
    • The Question of Human Freedom: How Much Do We Have?
    • The Question of Human Freedom: How Much Should We Have?
    • Environmental Ethics: Healing the Greek Division
    • Summary
    • For Further Thought
    • For Further Exploration
    • Notes
    • Historical Interlude E: A Revolution in Philosophy?

Appendix: A Few Final Words about Philosophy

Glossary

Index

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