For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Finding Your Own Philosophy of Life
  • Burton Porter
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Finding Your Own Philosophy of Life .
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What do you think and why do you think so? What's the philosophy behind your basic choices and actions? This book will challenge you to think clearly and deeply about the ideas you cherish. Ultimately, the aim is for you to find a personal direction for your life, one that is informed by the thoughts of philosophers for the past 2,000 years.

About the Author

Burton Porter holds a Ph.D. from St. Andrews University, Scotland, which includes graduate study at Oxford University. He has taught at the University of Maryland (European Division), Drexel University, and Mount Holyoke College, and is currently Professor of Philosophy at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dr. Porter has published twelve books in print form: The Great Perhaps: God As a Question (Rowman and Littlefield), What the Tortoise Taught Us (Rowman and Littlefield), The Head and the Heart (Humanities Books), Philosophy Through Fiction and Film (Prentice Hall), The Voice of Reason (Oxford University Press), The Good Life (Rowman and Littlefield, 5/ed), Religion and Reason (St. Martin’s Press), Philosophy Through Film (Sloan Publications), Personal Philosophy (Harcourt Brace), Reasons for Living (Macmillan Publishing), Philosophy, A Literary and Conceptual Approach (Harcourt Brace), Deity and Morality (Allen and Unwin, and Routledge). He also has five books on-line: The Moebius Strip, Lab Rats, The Gadfly, Forbidden Knowledge, and Black Swans and White Tigers. He has published numerous book reviews and papers.

About the Book
We will explore how to develop a clear mind, what is the nature of human nature, how to trust what we think we know, and whether there is a God who governs our existence. We will examine whether we are wholly conditioned by society or make free...
We will explore how to develop a clear mind, what is the nature of human nature, how to trust what we think we know, and whether there is a God who governs our existence. We will examine whether we are wholly conditioned by society or make free decisions; if art is a matter of taste or if there's good taste and bad taste; and if we have a spiritual self hidden within our physical body. We will also examine whether moral values are invented or discovered, the best form of government, and whether life ends at the grave or persists throughout eternity.

The book will challenge you to judge the various answers to these questions that have been proposed by profound thinkers, and in the light of these, to find your own philosophy of life. The ongoing question is how best to live.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Thinking Straight   “What Is Truth?” retorted Pilate   Relevant Facts and Plausible Interpretations   Avoiding the Pitfalls Chapter 2.
Chapter 1. Thinking Straight

  “What Is Truth?” retorted Pilate

  Relevant Facts and Plausible Interpretations

  Avoiding the Pitfalls

Chapter 2. Human Nature: Are We Beastlier Than Any Beast?

  Historical Notions of Human Nature

  The Depravity of Man

  Basic Decency and Goodness

  The Caring Gene

Chapter 3. Acquiring Knowledge: Should We Lose Our Minds and Come To Our Senses?

  Seeing Is Believing

  The Empiricism of David Hume

  Hume may not be right, but on empiricist grounds it is hard to refute the notion that causation is a mistake.

  Keeping Our Wits About Us

  The Rationalism of Ren้ Descartes

Chapter 4. The Existence of God: Are We Here By Chance Or By Design?

  Does God Exist?

  The Cosmological Argument

  Earthly Design Implies a Divine Designer

  Can We Reconcile Human Suffering and Divine Love?

Chapter 5. The Fair Distribution of Wealth: Freedom vs. Equality

  Does Economic Inequality Indicate an Unfair System?

  The Forces Opposing Equal Opportunity

  The Consequences of Inequality

  A Suggested Solution

Chapter 6. Nature Times Nurture Equals Behavior: Do We Ever Make a Free Choice?

  Our Fate Is Sealed

  Causal Determinism

  The Hidden Fracture Lines

Chapter 7. Honesty and Integrity: Should Truthfulness Depend Upon the Situation?

  Honesty

   Self-Deception

  Lies in Politics

  The Level of Rhetoric

Chapter 8. Good Taste and Bad Taste: Is Beauty In the Eye of the Beholder?

  Distinctions In Aesthetics

  Good Art As Faithful Representation

  The Standard of Significant Form

  Emotive Expression

Chapter 9. Business is Business: Do Capitalists Have a Social Responsibility?

  The Causes of the Near Meltdown

  The Dark Side of Capitalism

  A Fair Profit and Just Compensation

Chapter 10. Persons As Matter In Motion: Is There a Ghost In the Machine?

  The Self in Time and Space

 


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Pages 212
Year: 2016
BISAC: PHI035000 PHILOSOPHY / Essays
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