Prelude to Philosophy
"The unexamined life is not worth living," according to Socrates, but pursuing the examined life strikes many as daunting, unappealing and even unnecessary. Is philosophy important? Why do I need philosophy if I have the Bible? Aren't philosophers simply engaged...
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"The unexamined life is not worth living," according to Socrates, but pursuing the examined life strikes many as daunting, unappealing and even unnecessary. Is philosophy important? Why do I need philosophy if I have the Bible? Aren't philosophers simply engaged in meaningless disputes that are irrelevant to everyday life? Mark Foreman addresses these and other questions in this "prelude" to the subject. Unlike a full introduction to philosophy, this book is a preliminary discussion that dispels misunderstandings and explains the rationale for engaging in philosophical reasoning. In the first half of the book, Foreman defines the task of philosophy, compares it to other disciplines and demonstrates its practical value to Christians interested in developing a more thoughtful faith. The second half introduces the reader to logic and argumentation, the essential tools of a philosopher. Concise and straightforward, Prelude to Philosophy is a guide for those looking to embark on the "examined life."
- "the Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living," According To Socrates, But Pursuing The Examined Life Strikes Many As Daunting, Unappealing And Even Unnecessary. Is Philosophy Important? Why Do I Need Philosophy If I Have The Bible? Aren't Philosophers Simply Engaged In Meaningless Disputes That Are Irrelevant To Everyday Life? Mark Foreman Addresses These And Other Questions In This "prelude" To The Subject. Unlike A Full Introduction To Philosophy, This Book Is A Preliminary Discussion That Dispels Misunderstandings And Explains The Rationale For Engaging In Philosophical Reasoning. In The First Half Of The Book, Foreman Defines The Task Of Philosophy, Compares It To Other Disciplines And Demonstrates Its Practical Value To Christians Interested In Developing A More Thoughtful Faith. The Second Half Introduces The Reader To Logic And Argumentation, The Essential Tools Of A Philosopher. Concise And Straightforward, <em>prelude To Philosophy</em> Is A Guide For Those Looking To Embark On The "examined Life."
- Foreword By J.p. Moreland
- Chapter One: What Is Philosophy?
- Chapter Two: Why Is Philosophy Important?
- Chapter Three: What Athens Has To Do With Jerusalem: The Importance Of Philosophy For Christians
- Chapter Four: The Divisions Of Philosophy
- Chapter Five: A Little Logic
- Chapter Six: Informal Fallacies
- Chapter Seven: Analyzing Arguments
- Epilogue: Seven Virtues Of A Christian Philosopher