Preface to the first edition This book is intended to be a simple , clear and
elementary introduction to modern views about the nature of science . When
teaching philosophy of science , either to philosophy undergraduates or to
The term 'absorptive capacity', however, has slid into the official usage of the EU
without being rigorously defined, yet with the implication that it stands for an
objective reality. The term is being used frequently in political debate alongside
The Routledge What is this thing called? series of concise textbooks has been
designed for use by students coming to a core and important area of philosophy
for the first time. Each volume explores the relevant central questions with a clear
Author: Matthew Chrisman
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Are moral standards relative to cultures? Are there any moral facts? What is goodness? If there are moral facts how do we learn about them? These are all questions in metaethics, the branch of ethics that investigates the status of morality, the nature of ethical facts, and the meaning of ethical statements. To the uninitiated it can appear abstract and far removed from its two more concrete cousins, ethical theory and applied ethics, yet it is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting areas of ethics. What is this thing called Metaethics? demystifies this important subject and is ideal for students coming to it for the first time. Beginning with a brief historical overview of metaethics and the development of a "conceptual toolkit," Matthew Chrisman introduces and assesses the following key topics: • ethical reality: including questions about naturalism and non-naturalism, moral facts, and the distinction between realism and antirealism • ethical language: does language represent reality? What mental states are expressed by moral statements? • ethical psychology: the Humean theory of motivation and the connection between moral judgement and motivation • ethical knowledge: intuitionist and coherentist moral epistemologies, and theories of objectivity and relativism in metaethics • new directions in metaethics, including non-traditional theories and extensions to metaepistemology and metanormative theory. Additional features such as chapter summaries, questions of understanding, and a glossary make this an ideal introduction to metaethics.
The Routledge What is this thing called? series of concise textbooks has been
designed for use by students coming to a core and important area of philosophy
for the first time. Each volume explores the relevant central questions with clear ...
Author: Elizabeth Burns
What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? grapples with the core topics studied on philosophy of religion undergraduate courses including: the meaning of religious language, including 20th century developments the nature of the Divine, including divine power, wisdom and action arguments for the existence of the Divine challenges to belief in the Divine, including the problems of evil, divine hiddenness and religious diversity believing without arguments arguments for life after death, including reincarnation. In addition to the in-depth coverage of the key themes within the subject area Elizabeth Burns explores the topics from the perspectives of the five main world religions, introducing students to the work of scholars from a variety of religious traditions and interpretations of belief. What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? is the ideal introduction for those approaching the philosophy of religion for the first time, containing many helpful student-friendly features, such as a glossary of important terms, study questions and further reading.
You know, presumably, that all bachelors are unmarried men, that it is wrong to
hurt people just for fun, that The Godfather is a wonderful film, and that water has
the chemical structure H2O. And so on. But what is it that all these cases of ...
Author: Duncan Pritchard
What is Knowledge? Where does it come from? Can we know anything at all? This lucid and engaging introduction grapples with these central questions in the theory of knowledge, offering a clear, non-partisan view of the main themes of epistemology including recent developments such as virtue epistemology and contextualism. Duncan Pritchard discusses traditional issues and contemporary ideas in thirteen easily digestible sections, including: the value of knowledge the structure of knowledge virtues and faculties perception testimony and memory induction scepticism. What is this thing called Knowledge? contains many helpful student-friendly features including study questions, annotated further reading, a glossary and a guide to web resources. Clear and interesting examples are used throughout. This is an ideal first textbook in the theory of knowledge for undergraduates taking a first course in philosophy.
This book is an attempt to elucidate and answer questions of that kind. There is
an abundance of evidence from everyday life that science is held in high regard,
in spite of some disenchantment with science because of consequences for which ...
Author: Alan Chalmers
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
Every ten years, Alan Chalmers draws on his experience as a teacher and researcher to improve and update the text that strives to answer the philosophical question in it’s title: What is This Thing Called Science? Identifying the qualitative difference between knowledge of atoms as it figures in contemporary science and metaphysical speculations about atoms common in philosophy since the time of Democritus proves to be a highly revealing and instructive way to pinpoint key features of the answer to that question. The most significant feature of this fourth edition is the extensive postscript, in which Chalmers uses the results of his recent research on the history of atomism to illustrate and enliven key themes in the philosophy of science. This new edition ensures that the book holds its place as the leading introduction to the philosophy of science for the foreseeable future.
Truthfully, I'm still trying to put together a cohesive explanation of “What is This?”
and why I brought it to life. I couldn't decide whether or not it was a bad thing that I
didn't have some sort of mentally internalized manuscript to answer that ...
Does anybody here know anything about travelling ' Ride and Tye ' ? My father
used to go to school like that , and I myself have travelled by that method many
times . ' " Needless to say nobody knew what he was talking about , so we
No one who reads this book will be inexperienced in ethical thinking. People
spend their lives talking and thinking about what to do, what to think, how to react.
Sometimes ethics is treated as a bit of a specialised subject: for instance, where
Author: Christopher Bennett
What is morality? How do we define what is right and wrong? How does moral theory help us deal with ethical issues in the world around us? This second edition provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to philosophical thinking about morality. Christopher Bennett provides the reader with accessible examples of contemporary and relevant ethical problems, before looking at the main theoretical approaches and key philosophers associated with them. Topics covered include: life and death issues such as abortion and global poverty; the meaning of life; whether life is sacred and which lives matter; major moral theories such as utilitarianism, Kantian ethics and virtue ethics; critiques of morality from Marx and Nietzsche. What is this Thing Called Ethics? has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout, with a new final chapter on meta-ethics. With boxed case studies, discussion questions and further reading included within each chapter this textbook is the ideal introduction to ethics for philosophy students coming to the subject for the first time.
exactly what note you are playing at all times. So I tend to write simply. I think
even my complicated tunes are simple. I hear them as simple, but I don't write
everything out. It's usually a basic idea. In other words, the basic term for it is “
Author: Batt Johnson
Category: Performing Arts
There is no better authority on jazz than the creators, educators, and writers who have made this enigmatic musical style a major force internationally as well as in American history. The answer to the question what is jazz? is as complex and diverse as those involved in it. This book takes the question to noted musicians, scholars, and composers, creating a documentary style of oral history that makes you feel as if you are actually in the room as they put the sounds they know as music into words. The ideas from these authentic, personal voices of authority provide a unique perspective that will enlighten the novice and stimulate the professional. Ron Carter, Bassist-Because they are improvising does not necessarily mean that it is jazz Buddy Rich,Drums-Trane to Bird, Diz to Miles, all in the family of jazz, just different children. Ray Charles, Singer/Pianist-Jazz is the freedom to do what you want within the confines of the chord structure. Milt Jackson, Vibraphonist-"The era of bebop represents jazz to me. Chet Baker, Trumpet-Paris Jazz is a hard swinging rhythm section with everybody playing with the same time feeling.
There is only one way the universe will evolve after any given time, even though
we may not know what way that is. The second principle is a version of the
timelessness of truth: if it is true now that, e.g., Tony Blair won the 2005 UK
Author: Brian Garrett
Why is there something rather than nothing? Does God exist? Who am I? Metaphysics is concerned with ourselves and reality, and the most fundamental questions regarding existence. This clear and accessible introduction covers the central topics in Metaphysics in a concise but comprehensive way. Brian Garrett discusses the crucial concepts in a highly readable manner, easing the reader in with a look at some important philosophical problems. He addresses key areas of metaphysics: existence causation God time universals personal identity truth What is this thing called Metaphysics? contains many helpful student-friendly features. Each chapter concludes with a useful summary of the main ideas discussed, a glossary of important terms, study questions, annotated further reading, and a guide to web resources. Text-boxes provide bite-sized summaries of key concepts and major philosophers, and clear and interesting examples are used throughout.
Display the Inquiry Card What Is This? and distribute copies of What Is This? from
the Inquiry Handbook to students. 2. Have students look at the living organism
and make a list of observations with partners. Then, ask students the following ...
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
Elaborate on the concept of biomes and ecosystems using this science inquiry card and lesson. Using vibrant, engaging images for science exploration allows all students to make connections and relate science concepts to new situations.
of person who would have formed a favorable judgment about his life, if he had
given it any thought. Let us introduce some terminology here to mark this
difference. An actualist view would say that such a person is not happy because
he did ...
Author: Fred Feldman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Fred Feldman presents a study of the nature and value of happiness. He offers critical discussions of the main philosophical and psychological theories of happiness, and a presentation and defense of his own theory of happiness.
My daughter, who was doing a magazine crossword puzzle, kept interrupting me
by calling out clues that she couldn't solve. ... This book is intended for students,
teachers and teachers-inpreparation who do not have specialist training in ...
Author: David Nunan
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language is a complex and ever-evolving phenomenon, but it is one that deeply defines us all. So, What Is This Thing Called Language? Illustrating how it is used in different ways and in varied contexts, this book offers a thought-provoking and entertaining guide through the mysteries of language. The new edition: – Explores the basics of the language systems of sounds, vocabulary and grammar – Explains a basic framework of linguistics and language analysis Examines the written and spoken word in a range of different languages – Uses intriguing anecdotes and interesting examples to unpack complex ideas – Offers study-friendly features, including reflective questions, further reading suggestions as well as glossaries of linguistic terminology and key linguists With new and expanded material on a range of topics, from language variation and culture to second language acquisition and bilingualism, this is an 'un-put-down-able' introduction for all students of language and linguistics.
must mean to recognize, appreciate, or understand the significance of the
Kingdom...This blindness was also characteristic of men and women who have
been given to religious life. In all their doing there is little seeing. (3) Man is
Author: Dr. Tim J. Zemanek
I believe in a biblical salvation in which Jesus told His disciples not to fight with swords but with faith. It is my desire to help people understand the simplicity of this GREAT SALVATION and how it is applied in day-to-day life.
Introduction WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED JAZZ ? is an intellectual history
focused on African American musicians who have made names for themselves
as jazz players . Although members of this community have devoted much of their
Author: Eric Porter
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Despite the plethora of writing about jazz, little attention has been paid to what musicians themselves wrote and said about their practice. An implicit division of labor has emerged where, for the most part, black artists invent and play music while white writers provide the commentary. Eric Porter overturns this tendency in his creative intellectual history of African American musicians. He foregrounds the often-ignored ideas of these artists, analyzing them in the context of meanings circulating around jazz, as well as in relationship to broader currents in African American thought. Porter examines several crucial moments in the history of jazz: the formative years of the 1920s and 1930s; the emergence of bebop; the political and experimental projects of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s; and the debates surrounding Jazz at Lincoln Center under the direction of Wynton Marsalis. Louis Armstrong, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Duke Ellington, W.C. Handy, Yusef Lateef, Abbey Lincoln, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Wadada Leo Smith, Mary Lou Williams, and Reggie Workman also feature prominently in this book. The wealth of information Porter uncovers shows how these musicians have expressed themselves in print; actively shaped the institutional structures through which the music is created, distributed, and consumed, and how they aligned themselves with other artists and activists, and how they were influenced by forces of class and gender. What Is This Thing Called Jazz? challenges interpretive orthodoxies by showing how much black jazz musicians have struggled against both the racism of the dominant culture and the prescriptive definitions of racial authenticity propagated by the music's supporters, both white and black.
What is this thing called Global Justice? explores the core topics covered on the increasingly popular undergraduate modules on global justice including: world poverty economic inequality nationalism human rights humanitarian intervention ...
Author: Kok-Chor Tan
What is this thing called Global Justice? explores the core topics covered on the increasingly popular undergraduate modules on global justice including: world poverty economic inequality nationalism human rights humanitarian intervention immigration global democracy and governance climate change international justice. Centered on real world problems, this textbook helps students to understand that global justice is not only a field of philosophical inquiry but also of practical importance. Each chapter concludes with a helpful summary of the main ideas discussed, study questions and a further reading guide.