Philosophical Foundation: A Critical Analysis of Basic Beliefs

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University Press of America, 2008 - Philosophy - 255 pages
Philosophical Foundation argues for clarity over and against meaninglessness, which is implicit in various forms of skepticism and fideism. Throughout the book, critical analysis is applied to unexamined assumptions in the areas of metaphysics and ethics in order to address long-standing disputes. The basic beliefs of western naturalism, eastern idealism, Greek dualism, post-modern anti-realism, and classical theism are incisively analyzed by reason for their coherence of meaning. Those who have questions about knowledge and certainty, faith and reason, the existence of God and the problem of evil, will find critical insight throughout this study in its use of presuppositional thinking.
 

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As a philosophy book, this is a VERY poor resource. Extremely controversial views are expressed in a seemingly neat and tidy manner, but they are bad conclusions drawn on bad arguments. It oversimplifies incredibly complicated issues that philosophers have been debating for decades and in some cases for centuries (with no clear consensus) to reach highly contentious conclusions. For instance, the author thinks he has PROVEN that the mind is not the brain, that the God of Theism exists and the like. But his arguments rest on highly controversial premises that are far from widely accepted and so whether his arguments are ultimately sound (rather than merely valid) is far from clear. Unfortunately, the author seems entirely unaware that he might be wrong. This book may seem impressive to the untutored, but it is not something that went through the process of peer review by professional philosophers and it shows. For a discussion of some of the problems please visit this blog:
http://reasontodoubt.blogspot.com/
 

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While I found Mr. Gangadean's book to be informative, an online search of he and his fundamentalist church proved to be quite disturbing.

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Surrendra Gangadean has been Professor of Philosophy for the past forty years, first at Phoenix College and now at Paradise Valley Community College. He has an M.A. degree in Literature from Arizona State University, and an M.A. degree in Philosophy from the University of Arizona. He teaches courses in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Interdisciplinary Humanities.

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