Words of Wisdom: Intro to Philosophy

Words of Wisdom: Intro to Philosophy

By Jody Ondich
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Book Description

Words of Wisdom can come from anyone. In this text we discuss topics ranging from "Are Humans good by nature?" to "Is there a God?" to "Do I have the right to my own opinion?" Philosophy is the study of wisdom, and can emerge in our conversations in social media, in school, around the family dinner table, and even in the car. The text uses materials that are 2,500 years old, and materials that were in the news this year. Wise people come in all shapes and types, and from every culture on earth. We have poetry and folktales, sacred writings and letters. Dialogues and interviews, news columns, Ted Talks, You Tube recordings and even comedy are all a part of the content in this text.You will be most successful reading this on line. The formatting in the downloadable versions is not wonderful. There is work being done to fix this reality but in the meantime, you will probably want to use it by clicking here on "read book:".

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table Of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Classics
    • Aesop's Fables
    • Excerpts from Aristotle's "Metaphysics"
    • Plato's "Allegory of the Cave"
    • Aristotle's Ethics and Virtues
    • "The Ring of Gyges" from Plato's Republic
    • Socrates' Dialogue with Euthyphro
  • Medieval Materials
    • Augustine of Hippo: On the Nature of Good
    • Anselm of Canterbury: Monologion Chapter 1
    • Anselm: Proslogian 2 and 3
    • Aquinas: Summa Theologicae
    • Aquinas: Summa Theologicae Third Article
    • Machiavelli: excerpts from "The Prince"
    • Rumi
    • Omar Khayyam
    • Excerpts from the letters of Abelard and Héloïse
  • Spiritual Philosophy and Tales from Across the World
    • From the Hindu Bhagavad Gita
    • Teachings from Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha
    • Lao Tzu--Daoism
    • Kong Fu Tzu/ Confucius
    • North American Tribal Tales
    • African tales
    • Baal Shem Tov
    • Bluebeard
    • From Judaism
    • From Christianity
    • From Islam
    • Maimonides' "Guide for the Perplexed"
    • 1001 Nights
  • Early Modern Wisdom 1500-1750
    • Rene Descartes
    • Thomas Hobbes
    • Blaise Pascal
    • David Hume
  • Late Modern Wisdom 1750-1950 CE
    • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    • Jeremy Bentham
    • John Stuart Mill
    • Immanuel Kant
    • Søren Kierkegaard
    • Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    • William James
    • Bertrand Russell--two essays
    • Ayn Rand
  • Modern Wisdom
    • JL Mackie
    • Simone de Beauvoir
    • Elizabeth Anscombe
    • Gandhi
    • Dalai Lama
    • Nelson Mandela
    • Martin Luther King Jr
    • Philippa Foot
    • Patrick Stokes
    • Native American Voices
  • Links to Additional Great Resources
    • Ursula LeGuin
    • Kwame Anthony Appiah, from TedTalks
    • Anna Quindlen, from the New York Times
    • Peter Singer, from TedTalks
    • Carol Gilligan
    • Peggy Orenstein
    • Ashey Judd for TedTalks
    • Paul Bloom, for New York Times
    • Elie Wiesel, interview with Bill Moyers
    • Stephen Colbert, from The Colbert Report
  • Permissions
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