Inroads: Paths in Ancient and Modern Western Philosophy

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University of Toronto Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 666 pages
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This unique introduction to philosophy is designed as a companion volume to a number of classic philosophical texts widely used in first- and upper-year philosophy courses. While remaining clear and readable, Inroads provides detailed analyses of fundamental issues in metaphysics and morals: the existence of God, the meaning of death, and the elements and definitions of the 'good life' for humankind.

Combining a historical with a systematic approach, Murray Miles's work straddles the customary divisions between ancient and modern, and Anglo-American and continental European philosophy. In each of its five main parts - in turn, focusing on Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Hume, and Sartre - Inroads discusses, from a philosophical rather than a religious or scientific perspective, those questions that make up the common inheritance of academic philosophy and ethico-religious thought. Other features include a detailed glossary of philosophical terms, suggestions for further reading, and questions for reflection and review. Inroads is a useful text for first-year undergraduate courses or, equally, a sound resource for the general reader looking for a good grounding in philosophy and its history.

  

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Contents

Recommended readings and references
145
Recommended readings and references
255
PLATO AND THE ROAD TO REALITY
257
Doctrines and Influences
259
New Defence of the Philosophic Life
267
Soul Death Immortality
275
Cyclical Argument
287
Recollection Argument
295
Man and World
456
Recommended readings and references
482
Questions for reflection discussion and review
483
HUME AND THE ROAD BACK TO COMMON LIFE
485
Philosophical Works and Outlook
487
An Empiricist Critique of Reason
497
The Unmaking of Miracles
517
The Undoing of Divine Justice
536

Affinity Argument
309
The Metaphysics of Form
318
Concluding Appraisal
350
Recommended readings and references
359
Questions for reflection discussion and review
360
DESCARTES AND THE ROAD TO CERTAINTY
361
Subjectivism and Dualism
363
Doubt and Certainty
369
Mind and Matter
383
Truth and Circularity
406
The Existence of God
424
Recommended readings and references
553
Questions for reflection discussion and review
554
SARTRE AND THE ROAD TO FREEDOM
557
Life Work and Basic Philosophical Outlook
559
Atheistic Humanism
568
Criticisms of Existentialism
576
Human Reality
592
Decisionism
610
Recommended readings and references
629
INDEX OF NAMES
663
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About the author (2003)

Murray Miles is a professor of philosophy at Brock University.

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