Do you think that philosophy is an activity for old men in sandals with long white beards? Or people who sit under trees and wait to be struck on the head by apples? If so, then you owe it to yourself to explore the insights of this book. In conversational yet artful prose, James H. Hall reveals the many ways that you can actually enjoy and use philosophy in the course of your everyday experience. Rather than presenting philosophy as an endless list of ancient truths revealed by geniuses, or as instant wisdom, Hall presents philosophy as a concrete, practical enterprise that, once you've seen how it works, you can continue on your own.
James H. Hall is James Thomas Professor of Philosophy at The University of Richmond, Virginia.
Chapter 1 Preface: Philosophy: The Profound and the Pedestrian Part 2 Belief Chapter 3 Are Some Beliefs Better than Others? Chapter 4 True Belief and Standards of Evidence Chapter 5 Two Kinds of Evidence Chapter 6 Other Kinds of Evidence Part 7 Knowledge Chapter 8 Knowledge, Fraud, Error and Uncertainty Chapter 9 Knowledge and Subjectivity Chapter 10 Knowledge and Cultural Relativism Chapter 11 Problems with Paradigms Chapter 12 Knowledge and Values Part 13 Human Nature Chapter 14 Human Nature: God, Society and Nature Chapter 15 Causation, Freedom and Human Responsibility Part 16 Human Conduct Chapter 17 Self Fulfillment and Following Nature Chapter 18 Obeying Rules Chapter 19 Considering Consequences Chapter 20 The Utility of Rules, Rights and Fair Play Chapter 21 End Note. Looking Back and Looking Ahead Chapter 22 Works Mentioned Chapter 23 Index