A great deal of the satisfaction of studying philosophy lies in exploring its landmark arguments. Working from this premise, Great Philosophical Arguments An Introduction to Philosophy focuses on the debates that define and drive the field. Editor Lewis Vaughn presents seventy-eight readingsboth classic selections and contemporary worksthat are topically organized into six chapters the existence of God, knowledge and skepticism, mind and body, free will and determinism, ethics, and contemporary ethical debates.
The readings are grouped by argument into procon dialogues within each chapter. Each of the thirty-four arguments is introduced with a brief outline, which is followed by two to four essays presenting the classic statement of the argument, critiques and defenses of it, and discussions of related debates. FEATURES * A substantial introductory chapter and extensive chapter introductions * Essay questions at the end of each argument section and chapter * Pedagogical features including boldfaced key terms, biographical text boxes, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary * An appendix on how to read and write argumentative essays * An Instructors Manual and Test Bank on CD featuring chapter summaries, reading summaries, PowerPoint-based lecture outlines, and test questions * A Companion Website at www. oup. comusvaughn containing study questions, interactive quizzes, flashcards, and helpful links