Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult
Acknowledgments1. Where Do I Start?-- Logic-- Method-- Philosophy and Theology2. What Is Real?-- Metaphysics-- Getting Started-- The Problem of Universals-- Identity-- Substances, Essences and Natures-- Modality: The Necessary, the Possible and the Actual3. How Do I Know?-- Epistemology-- Kinds of...
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Acknowledgments1. Where Do I Start?-- Logic-- Method-- Philosophy and Theology2. What Is Real?-- Metaphysics-- Getting Started-- The Problem of Universals-- Identity-- Substances, Essences and Natures-- Modality: The Necessary, the Possible and the Actual3. How Do I Know?-- Epistemology-- Kinds of Knowledge-- What Is Knowledge?-- The Problem of Skepticism-- Concluding Applications4. How Should I Live?-- Ethics-- Metaethics-- Normative Ethics-- Why Be Moral?5. What Am I?-- Philosophical and Theological Anthropology-- Philosophy of Mind-- Consciousness and Property Dualism-- The Self and Substance Dualism-- Objections to Dualism-- A Critique of Physicalist Alternatives to Dualism-- Freedom and Determinism-- Theological Implications of the Free Will Debate6. How Should Christians Think About Science?-- Philosophy of Science-- Where Do We Go for Help?-- She Blinded Me with Science (Scientism)-- Theistic Science and Methodological Naturalism-- The Realism/Antirealism Debate-- Models for Integrating Science and Theology7. Where Do I Go From Here?-- Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis-- Worldview Struggle and Intellectual Crisis-- Saving the Soul and Saving the MindFor Further ReadingNotesSubject IndexScripture Index
From time to time we all face life's big questions . . .What is real?How do we know what we know?What is right?Who or what am I?How should we view science and its claims?And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking,Perhaps what I need is a good dose of philosophy. It's a shame philosophy is so difficult.Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland understand this frustration and in this book offer help to make philosophy at least slightly less difficult. In straightforward language with everyday examples, they explain the basics needed to understand philosophical concepts and thus bring clarity to discussions of life's big questions.Students, pastors, campus workers and ordinary Christians will all benefit from this user-friendly guide.
Garrett J. DeWeese (Ph.D., University of Colorado; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and philosophical theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He has also taught at Dayspring Center for Christian Studies, University of Colorado, Denver Seminary and Institut Biblique Europ?en (France). He is the author of God and the Nature of Time (Ashgate) and (with J. P. Moreland) Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult (IVP Academic).
J. P. Moreland, Ph.D., (University of Southern California) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He also serves as director of Eidos Christian Center. He has written, edited or contributed to twenty books with publishers ranging from Oxford University Press, Routledge, Wadsworth and Prometheus Books to Zondervan and InterVarsity Press. Among his books are Christianity and the Nature of Science, Does God Exist? (with Kai Nielsen) and Philosophical Naturalism: A Critical Analysis. He has also written helpful apologetic books for thinking people which include Body and Soul, Philosophical Foundations of a Christian Worldview, The Creation Hypothesis, Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult, The God Conversation and To Everyone an Answer. Most recently he has authored The Lost Virtue of Happiness and In Search of a Confident Faith with Klaus Issler.
- 1. Where Do I Start?
- Philosophy And Theology
- 2. What Is Real?
- Getting Started
- The Problem Of Universals
- Substances, Essences And Natures
- Modality: The Necessary, The Possible And The Actual
- 3. How Do I Know?
- Kinds Of Knowledge
- What Is Knowledge?
- The Problem Of Skepticism
- Concluding Applications
- 4. How Should I Live?
- Normative Ethics
- Why Be Moral?
- 5. What Am I?
- Philosophical And Theological Anthropology
- Philosophy Of Mind
- Consciousness And Property Dualism
- The Self And Substance Dualism
- Objections To Dualism
- A Critique Of Physicalist Alternatives To Dualism
- Freedom And Determinism
- Theological Implications Of The Free Will Debate
- 6. How Should Christians Think About Science?
- Philosophy Of Science
- Where Do We Go For Help?
- She Blinded Me With Science (scientism)
- Theistic Science And Methodological Naturalism
- The Realism/antirealism Debate
- Models For Integrating Science And Theology
- 7. Where Do I Go From Here?
- Worldview Struggle And Intellectual Crisis
- Worldview Struggle And Intellectual Crisis
- Saving The Soul And Saving The Mind
- For Further Reading
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index