Philosophical Adventures is an accessible, engaging introduction to philosophical issues falling under six broad themes: reasoning, free will, religious belief, ethics, well-being, and society. Each topic is thoughtfully introduced and discussed in a way that is easily intelligible and relatable yet philosophically rigorous. Steven M. Cahn's clear style and vivid examples provide a welcoming path to these often-difficult issues, encouraging readers to begin their own philosophical adventures.
Key Features An unusually clear and accessible introduction to many of the central topics of philosophy. Vivid examples are used to illustrate key points. Addresses a number of engaging issues that are relevant inside and outside of academia, such as the possibility of free will, religious belief with and without God, and democracy vs. its alternatives. Written by one of the discipline's pre-eminent teachers, author of numerous widely-used textbooks.
Steven M. Cahn
Broadview Press Ltd
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15 October 2019
Professional and scholarly
Preface Part I: Reasoning 1: The Elements of Argument 2. Necessary and Sufficient Conditions 3: Dummy Hypotheses Part II: Free Will 4: Determinism and Freedom 5: Random Choices Part III: Religious Belief 6: Philosophical Proofs and Religious Commitment 7: The Theodicy Trap 8: Religion Without God Part IV: Ethics 9: Moral Judgments 10: Moral Principles 11: Moral Puzzles Part V: Well Being 12: Living Well 13: Choosing the Experience Machine Part VI: Society 14: The Case for Democracy 15: The Content of a Liberal Education
Steven M. Cahn is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and author over 60 books, including several best-selling philosophy textbooks.
Reviews for Philosophical Adventures
Philosophical Adventures is a superb introduction to philosophy. Writing in a clear and engaging style, Steven Cahn deftly introduces us to the field's methods and some of its core concerns. His topics (which include human freewill, the existence of God, the nature of morality, and the value of democracy) are ones we must address to develop an informed understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. A master teacher, he defines the issues, displays their importance, and guides us through the associated debates. Anyone looking to understand philosophy--or, for that matter, themselves--would do well to read this book. - Peter Markie, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Missouri True to its title, this book infuses readers with the conviction that philosophy is an adventure of the mind, one that often engages the heart. Thanks to Cahn's uncommonly crisp and lucid prose, they come to appreciate the perplexity that drives philosophical reflection, the variety of routes out of that perplexity, and the relevance of philosophical problems to living. -- David Shatz, Ronald P. Stanton University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought, Yeshiva University