Displaying characteristic clarity and acumen, Steven M. Cahn has collected 23 essays from his nearly 40 years of philosophy in Puzzles & Perplexities. These writings present a balanced picture of Cahn's wide-ranging work, from free will to affirmative action, from belief in God to the teaching of philosophy. Cahn has also inserted surprising gems on the Book of Job, the wife of Lear, and the missing step in administrative searches in the University. Puzzles & Perplexities is a delightful and diverse journey through Cahn's remarkable career in philosophy.
Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Part 1 I. Free Will Chapter 2 Free Will or Determinism? Chapter 3 Random Choices Chapter 4 Does God Know the Future? Part 5 II. Belief in God Chapter 6 Does God Exist? Chapter 7 Cacodaemony Chapter 8 The Moriarty Hypothesis Chapter 9 Job's Protest Chapter 10 The Noes Have It: Hume's Dialogues Chapter 11 Suppose God Exists Chapter 12 Religion Without God Part 13 III. Morality, Society, and Art Chapter 14 A Supreme Moral Principle? Chapter 15 Two Concepts of Affirmative Action Chapter 16 The Curious Tale of Atlas College Chapter 17 Why Not Tell the Truth? Chapter 18 The Divestiture Puzzle Chapter 19 The Strange Case of John Shmarb Chapter 20 The Wife of Lear Part 21 IV. Education Chapter 22 John Dewey at Eighty Chapter 23 Are the Humanities Useful? Chapter 24 Should Liberal Education Change? Chapter 25 How to Improve Your Teaching Chapter 26 How to Teach Introductory Philosophy Chapter 27 Searching for Administrators: The Missing Step Chapter 28 Bibliography of Steven M. Cahn