The enduring questions: main problems of philosophy.
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The Enduring Questions has grown out of the conviction that the great philosophers have grappled with questions that are enduring because they are of deep concern to every thoughtful individual. Substantial progress has been made in clarifying and answering these questions, but they are not ephemeral and not easily dismissed. In stressing the universal and permanent values of the Western philosophical tradition, the book draws mainly upon acknowledged classics, including the best of recent philosophy. And by emphasizing such issues as free will versus determinism the book has acquired a sharply interrogative character. The editorial comments stress the questions to which the readings naturally give rise.
The nature of philosophy. The relation of philosophy to the sciences / Charlie Dunbar Broad -- The Socratic mission. Apology, Crito, Phaedo (death scene) / Plato -- The ways of the rationalist. From Meditations on first philosophy / Rene Descartes -- The way of the empiricist. The fixation of belief and How to make our ideas clear / Charles Peirce -- The way of the pragmatist. What pragmatism means / William James ; The influence of Darwinism on philosophy / John Dewey -- The meaning of truth. Truth and falsehood / Bertrand Russell ; Coherence as the nature of truth / Brand Blanshard -- Teleology. From The physics / Aristotle -- Materialism. From On the nature of things / Lucretius ; Lucretius / George Santayana -- Idealism. From Three dialogues between Hylas and Philonous / George Berkeley -- Scepticism. From A treatise of human nature and An enquiry concerning human understanding / David Hume -- Theism. From Proslogium / Saint Anselm ; From Summa theologica and Summa contra Gentiles / Saint Thomas Aquinas ; From Dialogues on natural religion / David Hume ; The will to believe / William James -- Morality based on reason. From The Nichomachean ethics / Aristotle -- Morality based on nature. From The laws and The republic / Cicero -- Morality based on duty. From The foundations of the metaphysic of morals / Immanuel Kant -- Morality based on happiness. From Utilitarianism / John Stuart Mill -- Morality based on experimental logic. Reconstruction in moral conceptions / John Dewey -- Morality based on limited scepticism. The nature of ethical disagreement / Charles Leslie Stevenson -- Aristocracy. From The republic / Plato -- Peace and security. From Leviathan / Thomas Hobbes -- Liberty. From On liberty / John Stuart Mill -- Communism and Western ideals. Speech at the anniversary of the People's Paper / Karl Marx ; The ideological impact / Edward Hallett Carr -- Art and esthetic education. Art and esthetic education / Alfred North Whitehead
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