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This best-selling text has long been the standard by which all other introduction to philosophy anthologies have been judged. The Thirteenth Edition of REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: READINGS IN SOME BASIC PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY continues the book's tradition of comprehensiveness and clarity with a proven selection of seminal readings. REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY includes a renowned anthology of high-quality primary sources, organized topically and drawn from historical and contemporary sources. The scope of the text's readings-84 in all-covers the most central issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and ethics. This book's hallmark has always been the quality of the readings-with the finest translations available and selections that never sacrifice length. Clear, concise introductions to each Part provide just enough guidance to allow students to learn primarily from the readings themselves.
With REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY: READINGS IN SOME BASIC PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY you don't have to spend time selecting readings for your class-this proven collection offers the ideal selection of thought-provoking readings that instructors have turned to time and again.
The text maintains its long-standing tradition of featuring the most widely cited contemporary translations of works written in other languages.
Nine articles specially commissioned by William Rowe, Wesley Salmon, John Perry, Robert Kane, Calin Allen, Deborah Mathieu, Philip Quinn, and both editors are included. These readings, written with introductory students in mind, appear exclusively in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY.
The book includes a particularly robust collection of readings in applied ethics, featuring selections on abortion, famine relief, euthanasia, civil disobedience, and animal rights.
Brief "Introductions" by the authors provide a solid foundation for the readings that follow. For instructors who want to further encourage student interaction the readings, a new booklet of more extensive introductions and review questions for each reading is also available for packaging with the text.
New to this Edition
New selections in
Part I, "Reason and Religious Belief," explore the design argument for God's existence, and the problem of evil. New readings include John Mackie's Evil and Omnipotence and George Schlesinger's The Problem of Evil and the Problem of Suffering.
Part II, "Human Knowledge: Its Grounds and Limits," is expanded to include new readings on skepticism including Peter Unger's An Argument for Skepticism and Bertrand Russell's Appearance and Reality and the Existence of Matter.
Part III, "Mind and Its Place in Nature," features new selections on the mind-body problem including Brie Gertler's In Defense of Mind-Body Dualism, John R. Searle's Animal Minds and Brute Experience by Peter Carruthers.
Part IV, "Determinism, Free Will, and Responsibility," includes new readings defending hard determinism (Richard Taylor's Fate, and Derk Pereboom's Why We Have No Free Will and Can Live Without It), compatibilism (John Martin Fischer's My Compatibilism), and libertarianism (Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism, Galen Strawson's The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility and The Debate over Free Will by James Rachels).