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Echoes from the Cave

Philosophical Conversations since Plato

Lisa Gannett

Ideal for introductory philosophy courses that take a topical, problem-oriented approach, this anthology offers an in-depth exploration of the five main branches of philosophy-metaphysics, epistemology, morality, politics, and aesthetics. Considerations of these branches are anchored by readings from Plato and expanded through thoughtfully edited historical and contemporary pieces by a wide range of thinkers, inviting students to become active participants in the philosophical tradition.

Readership : Echoes from the Cave: Philosophical Conversations since Plato is a core text intended for use in introductory philosophy courses taught out of philosophy departments at universities nationwide.

Note: Each chapter includes:
- Introduction
- Film Notes
Part One: The Real
Plato: Cave Allegory
Personal Identity
John Locke: Of Identity and Diversity
Oliver Sacks: The Lost Mariner
Derek Parfit: Personal Identity
Marya Schechtman: The Same and the Same: Two Views of Psychological Continuity
Simone de Beauvoir: Introduction to The Second Sex
Thomas King: You're Not the Indian I Had in Mind
Freedom and Determinism
Baron d'Holbach: Of the System of Man's Free Agency
David Hume: Of Liberty and Necessity
Immanuel Kant: The Antimony of Pure Reason
Moritz Schlick: When Is a Man Responsible?
Harry G. Frankfurt: Alternate Possibilities and Moral Responsibility
Marcia Baron: Crime, Genes, and Responsibility
Natural and Social Kinds
John Locke: Of Words
Hilary Putnam: Meaning and Reference
John Dupré: Natural Kinds and Biological Taxa
Ian Hacking: Madness: Biological or Constructed?
Sally Haslanger: Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be?
Michel Foucault: Preface to The Order of Things
Part Two: The True
Plato: From Meno
Knowledge of the External World
René Descartes: From Meditations on First Philosophy
George Berkeley: From Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, in Opposition to Skeptics and Atheists
David Hume: From Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Immanuel Kant: From Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
Nelson Goodman: Words, Works, Worlds
Anjan Chakravartty: Realism and Anti-Realism; Metaphysics and Empiricism
Knowledge of the Mind
Maurice Merleau-Ponty: The Experience of the Body and Classical Psychology
Ludwig Wittgenstein: From Philosophical Investigations
Troy Jollimore: The Solipsist
J. J. C. Smart: Sensations and Brain Processes
Hilary Putnam: The Nature of Mental States
Thomas Nagel: What Is it Like to Be a Bat?
Methods of Scientific Inquiry
Francis Bacon: Aphorisms Concerning the Interpretation of Nature and the Kingdom of Man
Karl R. Popper: A Survey of Some Fundamental Problems
Kathleen Okruhlik: Birth of a New Physics or Death of Nature?
John Beatty: Teleology and the Relationship between Biology and the Physical Sciences in the Nineteenth Century
Lorraine Code: Public Knowledge, Public Trust: Toward Democratic Epistemic Practices
Part Three: The Good
Plato: Euthyphro
Moral Foundations
Aristotle: From Nicomachean Ethics
Immanuel Kant: From Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Ethics
John Stuart Mill: What Utilitarianism Is
Jürgen Habermas: On the Cognitive Content of Morality
Challenges to Moral Foundations
Friedrich Nietzsche: Morality as Anti-Nature
A.J. Ayer: Critique of Ethics
Jean-Paul Sartre: From "Existentialism and Humanism"
Melville J. Herskovits: Cultural Relativism and Cultural Values
Gender and Morality
Martha C. Nussbaum: Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation
Carol Gilligan: Moral Orientation and Moral Development
Susan Sherwin: Ethics, "Feminine" Ethics, and Feminist Ethics
Martha Nussbaum: Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation
Catherine Wilson: Moral Equality and "Natural" Subordination
Part Four: The Just
Plato: Crito (or On Duty)
Civil Disobedience
Henry D. Thoreau: Resistance to Civil Government
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail
John Rawls: The Justification of Civil Disobedience
Democratic Government
John Locke: From Second Treatise of Government
John Stuart Mill: From Considerations on Representative Government
Anne Phillips: Quotas for Women
Charles W. Mills: Modernity, Persons, and Subpersons
Charles Taylor: The Politics of Recognition
Will Kymlicka: From Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights
Dale Turner: Liberalism's Last Stand: Minority Rights and the (Mis)recognition of Aboriginal Sovereignty
Himani Bannerji: On the Dark Side of Nation: Politics of Multiculturalism and the State of "Canada"
Part Five: The Beautiful
Plato: Art as Imitation
Plato: Diotima on Beauty: Socrates' Speech in Symposium
Art and Aesthetics
Arthur Schopenhauer: On the Metaphysics of the Beautiful and Aesthetics
Arthur Danto: The Artworld
Alfred Lessing: What Is Wrong with a Forgery?
James O. Young: The Aesthetics of Cultural Appropriation
A Beautiful Life
Leo Tolstoy: From A Confession
Susan Wolf: The Meanings of Lives
Bernard Williams: The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality

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Lisa Gannett is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 1998.

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Special Features

  • Issues-based approach features a broad representation of past and current readings chosen and edited carefully to compare perspectives on philosophical issues throughout time.
  • Comprehensive selection of readings includes canonical philosophical works along with a selection of non-philosophical writings that offer unique viewpoints on key problems.
  • Diverse perspectives, including readings from non-Western, Canadian, and female authors, provide students with a variety of viewpoints.
  • Classroom-tested content ensures that the reading level of each selection is suited to the introductory philosophy student.
  • Author headnotes provide biographical context for the reading that follows.