Why Philosophy Matters
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Why Philosophy Matters introduces readers to the subject matter of philosophy by looking at some of its traditional problems. Many introductory philosophy texts fail to engage their audience, and likewise fail to have the positive effect that a study of philosophy can produce.
This book depicts the nature of philosophy and why its value is just as great in today’s world as it was in the time of the ancient Greeks where it all began. It delves into why philosophy still matters in today’s world where science can explain so much as well as the four classic philosophical problems knowledge and skepticism, mind and brain, free will, and God – with the hope that a felt sense of understanding of the value of studying philosophy will make these problems even more interesting.
Part I The Nature and Value of Philosophy
Chapter 1 The Examined Life
Chapter 2 Why Philosophy Matters
Part II The Problems of Philosophy
Chapter 3 Knowledge and Skepticism
Chapter 4 Mind and Brain
Chapter 5 Free Will
Chapter 6 God
Part III Living Well
Chapter 7 Philosophy and a Meaningful Life