The readings presented in Returning Questions: A Dialogical Introduction to Philosophy are short, clear and direct. They are meant to stimulate meaningful dialogue and interactive learning to populations of students who do not have the time, energy or background to commit hours of heavy study to a required three hour philosophy course. This text presents a broad scope of philosophical issues and primary sources from the history of philosophy with the intent of providing students with a general introduction to significant and relevant questions in philosophy, the humanities, and the history of thought.
Otto R. Piechowski is a teacher of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Lexington Catholic High School and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Midway College, Kentucky. Joseph R. Cronin is Associate Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department, Thomas More College, Kentucky.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction: What is Philosophy? Chapter 4 Philosophical Anthropology: What Kind of Beings are We?; Are We?; What is Real? Chapter 5 Logic: Categories; Logical Fallacies; Rhetoric Chapter 6 Metaphysics; Transcendentals and Aesthetics: Existence; Beauty, Structure and Catharsis; Poetics; Rhetoric and Fine Speech Chapter 7 Dialogue and Learning: Learning and Coercion; Learning and Friendship; Learning in Isolation; Teacher as Midwife; The Student as a Blank Slate; Learning without Thinking; Intelligibility Chapter 8 Morality and Ethics: Excellence of Character; Virtues and Vices; Types of Persons; Natural Law; Freedom on Conscience; Doing Good; Professional Ethics Chapter 9 Political Philosophy: Leadership, Deceit, and Virtue; The Human Condition in the State of Nature; The Types of Governments; Property; Wealth; Goodness or Happiness; Factions, Minorities and Separation of Powers Chapter 10 Freedom of Speech, Academic Freedom and Censorship: Heliocentrism; Evolution; Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom Chapter 11 Labor, Work and Technology: The Scientist; Humans and Nature; Paradigm Shifts; The Unintelligibility of Science and Technology Chapter 12 Religion and Theology: Proofs for the Existence of God; Religion and Meaning; The Soul and Nature; Harmony of Faith and Reason Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index