An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 282 pages
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John Hospers' Introduction to Philosophical Analysis has sold over 150,000 copies since its first publication. This new edition ensures that its success will continue into the twenty-first century. It remains the most accessible and authoritative introduction to philosophy available using the full power of the problem-based approach to the area to ensure that philosophy is not simply taught to students but practised by them.
The most significant change to this edition is to respond to criticisms regarding the omission in the third edition of the famous opening chapter. A brand new chapter, Words and the World, replaces this in the fourth edition - which now features a large number of examples and illustrative dialogues. The rest of the text has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of recent developments in some areas of philosophy.
 

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Contents

Words and Things
7
Vagueness
21
Meaninglessness
31
What Can We Know?
39
The Sources of Knowledge
50
Perceiving the World
71
Berkeleys Idealism
80
Phenomenalism
89
What Is and What Must
132
Causality
140
Determinism and Freedom
151
What Am
171
Personal Identity
185
What Else Is There?
201
8
248
The Good
254

The Way the World Works
101
Possibility
120

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About the author (1997)

As co-founder of the national Libertarian Party and as the author of the exceptionally readable book Libertarianism and numerous articles on liberty and politics, Dr. Hospers became the Libertarian Party's first candidate for President of the United States in 1972, garnering an electoral vote in that election.

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