Books on Philosophical Topics
Supersizing the Mind
Call Number: BD 418.3 .C532 2008
Publication Date: 2008-10-29
Drawing upon recent work in psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, robotics, human-computer systems, and beyond,Supersizing the Mindoffers both a tour of the emerging cognitive landscape and a sustained argument in favor of a conception of mind that is extended rather than "brain-bound." The importance of this new perspective is profound. If our minds themselves can include aspects of our social and physical environments, then the kinds of social and physical environments we create can reconfigure our minds and our capacity for thought and reason.
Philosophy of Love
Call Number: BD 436 .S522 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-30
This is an account of a life devoted to the idea of love and the love of ideas. As a young philosopher with an empiricist outlook, Singer first tackled the tangled ideas encapsulated in the word love with the techniques of logical analysis. The associated concepts include romanticism and sex, but they also include togetherness, community, basic human worth, and God. They resisted his analyses. The empiricism is still there, but what comes out now is a taste for John Dewey's pragmatism and a passion for history. During a long career at MIT, Singer has produced two trilogies, The Nature of Love and Meaning in Life, and a string of other works that extend to music and film. The present short work sums up much of this with relaxed charm. Singer's conclusion is that the study of love shows us an irreducible pluralism of justifiable human values. The pluralism cannot be overcome by system builders, but the system builders do not labor in vain, for they sharpen the choices, and the strength of their contrasting arguments shows us why there is a pluralism. Nearly everyone can learn something from this book.-Leslie Armour, Dominican Univ. Coll., Ottawa (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC
The Oxford Handbook of Free Will
Call Number: BJ 1461 .F74 2011
Publication Date: 2011-07-27
The most comprehensive sourcebook and guide to contemporary research on free will and related subjects in any language Collects twenty-8|t essays by prominent international scholars and younger scholars all of which have been either newly written or rewritten for this volume Pays special attention to research on free will of the first decade of the twenty-first century since the publication of the first edition of this Handbook .
Philosophical Thinking about Death and Dying
Call Number: BD 444 .B37 2007
Publication Date: 2006-03-30
No one likes to think about death, but what if someone asked you what you believed about it? PHILOSOPHICAL THINKING ABOUT DEATH AND DYING walks you through the major metaphysical and ethical issues surrounding death and dying, showing you what others have thought so you can form your own opinion. Plus, it covers what science is telling us about the process of dying. This philosophy textbook is easy to use and full of study tools, so you'll be ready to get a great grade in class as well.
Great Traditions in Ethics
Call Number: BJ 71 .G7 2008
Publication Date: 2007-03-15
New to ethical theory? No problem. GREAT TRADITIONS IN ETHICS-the standard historical anthology for introducing ethical theory-makes it easy to explore the many primary sources that contribute to the canon of ethical theory. Chapter introductions provide biographical, historical, and theoretical contexts, and classic reading selections are supplemented by comments that will help you understand the works. This anthology will challenge you to critically engage the most crucial ideas, thinkers, and readings in the history of ethical theory.
Call Number: BH 39 .B556 2004
Publication Date: 2004-02-23
The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics is the most authoritative survey of the central issues in contemporary aesthetics available. The volume features eighteen newly commissioned papers on the evaluation of art, the interpretation of art, and many other forms of art such as literature, movies, and music.
Regional Philosophy Books
Contemporary Latin American Social and Political Thought
Call Number: H 62.5 .L3 C65 2008
Publication Date: 2008-02-08
The 21 selections of primary literature, most excerpts from longer texts, include narratives of resistance and liberation; liberation theology, philosophy, and pedagogy; the dependence theory of Latin America's political economy; guerrilla revolution and socialist utopia; and post-Cold-War social and political thought from socialist revolution to democracy, neoliberalism, and globalism. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An Introduction to Africana Philosophy
Call Number: B 5305 .G67 2008
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
Lewis R. Gordon offers the first comprehensive treatment of Africana philosophy.. His book takes the reader on a journey from Africa through Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean, and back to Africa, as he explores the challenges posed to our understanding of knowledge and freedom today, and the response to them which can be found within Africana philosophy.
Call Number: B 121 .K555 2007
Publication Date: 2006-07-18
With an inside view from an expert in the field, solid scholarship, and a clear and engaging writing style, Asian Philosophies invites students and professors to think along with the great thinkers of the Asian traditions.