Education, Society and Human Nature (RLE Edu K)

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

Author: Anthony O'Hear

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136490477

Category: Education

Page: 192

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Intended primarily for education students this book provides an introduction to the philosophy of education that tackles educational problems and at the same time relates them to the mainstream of philosophical analysis. Among the educational topics the book discusses are the aims of education, the two cultures debate, moral education, equality as an ideal and academic elitism. It examines the limitations of a purely technological education, and suggests the shape of a balanced curriculum. It critically analyses important educational theses in the work of Rousseau, Dewey, R S Peters, P H Hirst, F R Leavis, Ronald Dworkin and G H Bantock, among many others, and considers the philosophical copics of relativism, the nature of knowledge, the basis of moral choice, the value of democracy and the status of religious claims.

On Human Nature

An Introduction to Philosophy

Author: Thomas F. Wall

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534624781

Category: Education

Page: 489

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Enhance your understanding of the theories of human nature with ON HUMAN NATURE: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY! Organized in a historical format that draws from sources including Ancient Asian sources, classical thinkers, medieval thinkers, modern thinkers, and contemporary minds, this philosophy text provides you with an introduction to age-old debate that is as crucial now in our technological and scientific age as it has ever been. Study questions provided for each reading and the book-specific website provide you with the opportunity to practice what you have learned.

The Human Condition

An Introduction to Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Nina Rosenstand

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 462

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This insightful new text uses examples from fiction and film to show how theories about human nature can be applied. By linking abstract theory to "real life" through story telling and story analysis, Nina Rosenstand offers a remarkably effective way of helping students understand, interpret, and evaluate our condition. This carefully crafted text will inspire students to keep asking what it is to be human.

Human Nature and Conduct

An Introduction to Social Psychology

Author: John Dewey

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 160206105X

Category: Psychology

Page: 348

View: 4061

The problem with morality, according to Pragmatist John Dewey, is that it assumes an inherent lacking in human nature and then seeks, through constraining rules, punishment, and threat, to make humans act differently-act against their nature. This, he claims, is a battle doomed to fail. In Human Nature and Conduct, first published in 1922, Dewey brings the rigor of natural sciences to the quest for a better moral system. By studying habit, impulse, and intelligence, he arrives at a morality that is firmly rooted the context of the world, accounting for thinking humans with individual circumstances that do, indeed, make a difference when determining right and wrong. Students of sociology, philosophy, and psychology will be interested to see moral judgment investigated as a scientific question by one of America's most influential philosophers. American educator and philosopher JOHN DEWEY (1859-1952) helped found the American Association of University Professors. He served as professor of philosophy at Columbia University from 1904 to 1930 and authored numerous books, including The School and Society (1899), Experience and Nature (1925), Experience and Education (1938), and Freedom and Culture (1939).

Exploring Personhood

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Nature

Author: Joseph Torchia, O.P.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742579468

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

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This book explores the metaphysical underpinnings of theories of human nature, personhood, and the self. The coverage of the work is broad in scope, moving from the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism, critically assessing what transpired during the intervening 2500 year period, with a special focus on the contributions of the Aristotelian/Thomistic tradition of inquiry. The work is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of readers, from beginners to more advanced students.

Hume's 'A Treatise of Human Nature'

An Introduction

Author: John P. Wright

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521833760

Category: Philosophy

Page: 316

View: 1804

Examines the development of Hume's ideas and their relation to eighteenth-century theories of the imagination and passions.

Human knowledge and human nature

a new introduction to an ancient debate

Author: Peter Carruthers

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 199

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Visions of Human Nature

An Introduction

Author: Donald Palmer

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: 9781559349710

Category: Philosophy

Page: 316

View: 8415

This is a somewhat unconventional introduction to philosophy, with over 400 cartoons by the author designed to make teaching and learning more fun. Organized by individual theory, this lighthearted book can be used as a core text, or might supplement separate paperbacks or an anthology.

Life's Ultimate Questions

An Introduction to Philosophy

Author: Ronald H. Nash

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310873061

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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Life's Ultimate Questions is unique among introductory philosophy textbooks. By synthesizing three distinct approaches—topical, historical, and worldview/conceptual systems—it affords students a breadth and depth of perspective previously unavailable in standard introductory texts. Part One, Six Conceptual Systems, explores the philosophies of: naturalism, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, and Aquinas. Part Two, Important Problems in Philosophy, sheds light on: The Law of Noncontradiction, Possible Words, Epistemology I: Whatever Happened to Truth?, Epistemology II: A Tale of Two Systems, Epistemology III: Reformed Epistemology, God I: The Existence of God, God II: The Nature of God, Metaphysics: Some Questions About Indeterminism, Ethics I: The Downward Path, Ethics II: The Upward Path, Human Nature: The Mind-Body Problem and Survival After Death.

Morality

An Introduction to Ethics

Author: Bernard Williams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107604761

Category: Philosophy

Page: 113

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In Morality Bernard Williams confronts the problems of writing moral philosophy, and offers a stimulating alternative to more systematic accounts which seem nevertheless to have left all the important issues somewhere off the page. Williams explains, analyses and distinguishes a number of key positions, from the purely amoral to notions of subjective or relative morality, testing their coherence before going on to explore the nature of 'goodness' in relation to responsibilities and choice, roles, standards, and human nature. A classic in moral philosophy.

Human Nature After Darwin

A Philosophical Introduction

Author: Janet Radcliffe Richards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134615825

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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Human Nature After Darwin is an original investigation of the implications of Darwinism for our understanding of ourselves and our situation. It casts new light on current Darwinian controversies, also providing an introduction to philosophical reasoning and a range of philosophical problems. Janet Radcliffe Richards claims that many current battles about Darwinism are based on mistaken assumptions about the implications of the rival views. Her analysis of these implications provides a much-needed guide to the fundamentals of Darwinism and the so-called Darwin wars, as well as providing a set of philosophical techniques relevant to wide areas of moral and political debate. The lucid presentation makes the book an ideal introduction to both philosophy and Darwinism as well as a substantive contribution to topics of intense current controversy. It will be of interest to students of philosophy, science and the social sciences, and critical thinking.

An Introduction To The Philosophy Of Social Research

Author: Tim May,Malcolm Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135367175

Category: Reference

Page: 240

View: 1001

This is an accessible introduction to the philosophy of social research which relates philosophical ideas to actual research practice. The book makes effective use of illustrations from the UK, US and Europe to examine specific problems and broader issues. The book is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social research methods within sociology, social policy, politics, social psychology, human geography; philosophy of social science and social theory courses; and as a personal reference for professional researchers.

An Introduction to Kant's Moral Philosophy

Author: Jennifer K. Uleman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113948446X

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Immanuel Kant's moral philosophy is one of the most distinctive achievements of the European Enlightenment. At its heart lies what Kant called the 'strange thing': the free, rational, human will. This introduction explores the basis of Kant's anti-naturalist, secular, humanist vision of the human good. Moving from a sketch of the Kantian will, with all its component parts and attributes, to Kant's canonical arguments for his categorical imperative, this introduction shows why Kant thought his moral law the best summary expression of both his own philosophical work on morality and his readers' deepest shared convictions about the good. Kant's central tenets, key arguments, and core values are presented in an accessible and engaging way, making this book ideal for anyone eager to explore the fundamentals of Kant's moral philosophy.

An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics

Author: Scott M. James

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444329529

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Offering the first general introductory text to this subject, the timely Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics reflects the most up-to-date research and current issues being debated in both psychology and philosophy. The book presents students to the areas of cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics. The first general introduction to evolutionary ethics Provides a comprehensive survey of work in three distinct areas of research: cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics Presents the most up-to-date research available in both psychology and philosophy Written in an engaging and accessible style for undergraduates and the interested general reader Discusses the evolution of morality, broadening its relevance to those studying psychology

An Introduction to Philosophical Methods

Author: Christopher Daly

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1460401174

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

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An Introduction to Philosophical Methods is the first book to survey the various methods that philosophers use to support their views. Rigorous yet accessible, the book introduces and illustrates the methodological considerations that are involved in current philosophical debates. Where there is controversy, the book presents the case for each side, but highlights where the key difficulties with them lie. While eminently student-friendly, the book makes an important contribution to the debate regarding the acceptability of the various philosophical methods, and so it will also be of interest to more experienced philosophers.

Philosophy Begins in Wonder

An Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy, Theology, and Science

Author: Michael Funk Deckard,Péter Losonczi

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877018

Category: Philosophy

Page: 390

View: 5478

Philosophy begins with wonder, according to Plato and Aristotle. Yet Plato and Aristotle did not expand a great deal on what precisely wonder is. Does this fact alone not raise curiosity in us as to why this passion or concept is important? What is wonder's role in science, philosophy, or theology except to end thinking or theorizing as soon as one begins? The primary purpose of this book is to show how seventeenth- and eighteenth-century developments in natural theology, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of science resulted in a complex history of the passion of wonder-a history in which the elements of continuation, criticism, and reformulation are equally present. Philosophy Begins in Wonder provides the first historical overview of wonder and changes the way we see early modern Europe. It is intended for readers who are curious-who wonder-about how modern philosophy and science were born. The book is for scholars and educated readers alike.

An Introduction to Philosophy

Author: Jacques Maritain

Publisher: Sheed & Ward

ISBN: 1461667372

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Jacques Maritain's An Introduction to Philosophy was first published in 1931. Since then, this book has stood the test of time as a clear guide to what philosophy is and how to philosophize. Inspired by the Thomistic Revival called for by Leo XIII, Maritain relies heavily on Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas to shape a philosophy that, far from sectarian theology in disguise, is driven by reason and engages the modern world. Re-released as part of the Sheed & Ward Classic series, An Introduction to Philosophy is sure to enliven the minds of students and general readers for years to come. From the new introduction by Ralph McInerny: You are about to read a magnificent introduction not only to a kind of philosophy but to philosophizing itself. Jacques Maritain was a relatively young man when he wrote this book, but his effort is one that attracts any philosopher more and more as he grows older. However odd and unusual what he says becomes, the philosopher yearns to show how even the most abstruse claims can be put into relation with what the reader already knows. That, in its essence, is what teaching is. In this book, the reader will find a wise and certain guide into philosophizing as such. And, in the end, he will find that what he reads is really only a refinement and development of what he and everybody else already knew.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

Author: Richard Eldridge

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521805216

Category: Art

Page: 285

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Richard Eldridge presents a clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and significance of art. Drawing on materials from classical and contemporary philosophy as well as from literary theory and art criticism, he explores the representational, expressive, and formal dimensions of art, and he argues that works of art present their subject matter in ways that are of enduring cognitive, moral, and social interest. His accessible study will be invaluable to students and to all readers who are interested in the relation between thought and art.

A Treatise on Human Nature

Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning Into Moral Subjects; and Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Author: David Hume

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy, English

Page: N.A

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An Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy

Author: Oliver Leaman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521797573

Category: Philosophy

Page: 253

View: 5717

Islamic philosophy is a unique and fascinating form of thought, and particular interest lies in its classical (Greek-influenced) period, when many of the ideas of Greek philosophy were used to explore the issues and theoretical problems which arise in trying to understand the Qur'an and Islamic practice. In this revised and expanded 2001 edition of his classic introductory work, Oliver Leaman examines the distinctive features of Classical Islamic philosophy and offers detailed accounts of major individual thinkers. In contrast to many previous studies that have treated this subject as only of historical interest, he offers analysis of the key arguments within Islamic philosophy so that the reader can engage with them and assess their strengths and weaknesses. His book will interest a wide range of readers in philosophy, religious studies and Islamic studies.