Words of Wisdom: Intro to Philosophy
Jody Ondich
Politics & Social Sciences
Words of Wisdom: Intro to Philosophy
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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:".

Title Page
Table Of Contents
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"
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
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
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
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