Philosophical Entrees: Classic and Contemporary Readings in Philosophy

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The essays in this volume, selections from important classical and contemporary philosophical writings, are organized into six central topics in philosophy, the meaning of life, epistemology or theory of knowledge, the concept of mind and problem of free will and determinism, the existence and nature of God, ethical theory and moral decision making, and metaphilosophy or the philosophy of philosophy. Entrees can be used as a stand-alone collection or as supplementary readings to accompany Jacquette's introductory text, "Six Philosophical Appetizers", also published by McGraw-Hill. "The Appetizers and Entrees" complement one another. The six sections of readings in the Entrees correspond to the six philosophical topics of the Appetizers. The readings chosen are entrees in both senses of the word. They are main courses, philosophical food for thought, for which the appetizers in the companion text are table starters. They are also points of entry into the vast philosophical literature surrounding each of the six topics. By investigating the topics presented in these Entrees, it is possible to get a clear view of the issues that divide philosophers, and the variety of philosophical methods that have characterized philosophy's remarkable history.

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Dale Jacquette is Professor of Philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Oberlin College in 1975, and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University in 1983. He has written or edited fifteen books, including Philosophy of Mind (1984), Meinongian Logic (1996), Wittgenstein's Thought in Transition (1998), and the collection, Schopenhauer, Philosophy, and the Arts (1996), and has published more than 150 articles in professional philosophical journals. He has received research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Alexander von Humbodt-Stiftung, and in 1996 held the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Lecture Chair in Contemporary Philosophy of Language at the University of Venice, Italy. His principal research interests include logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, Wittengstein, and aesthetics.

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