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Can God's existence be proven by logic? Are computers smart enough to follow rules — or to cheat? What is an out-of-body experience? How can tables be solid when physicists say they're made of subatomic particles that are only probability functions? Does science depend on trust? What is conscience? Does it come from God? From religious teaching? Social training? Is it rational to pursue your own self-interest? Can we all survive if we do this?
In this collection of stories and dialogues Trudy Govier shows how these old and new philosophical questions arise, and offers imaginative and striking depictions of some of the theories and arguments they have inspired.
"an excellent supplementary text for introductory courses in Philosophy." —Nicholas Caste,
“takes the reader into the heart of long-standing and knotty philosophical questions, and does this without sacrificing either readability or accuracy. Govier's success is really very striking.” —Terence Penelhum,
"should rivet anyone's attention... presented in a lively, original way." —Jack Ornstein,
"brings back to life the eloquence and vividness of dialogue in philosophy." —Juan Godoy,
Trudy Govier is the author of three other philosophical books, including A Practical Study of Argument (
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Can Computers Cheat
The Sperm, the Worm, and Free Will
God, the Devil, and the Perfect Pizza
My Brilliant Mathematical Career
What Makes Selves?
Roomates In Space
A Sequence of Events
The Fable of the Jewels
The Game of the Golden Pieces
The Overhanging Cloud
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God, the Devil and the Perfect Pizza
1989 • 198pp • Paperback • 9780921149507 / 0921149506