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Nash begins by looking at worldviews, and how they shape all of philosophy. He describes what a worldview is and looks at several of the tests to determine is a worldview is viable. Then he offers an in-depth look at six conceptual systems (worldviews) that have shaped philosophy and its history: naturalism, the philosophy of Plato, the philosophy of Aristotle, the philosophy of Plotinus, the philosophy of Augustine, and the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas.
Nash also looks at several problems and issues in philosophy, including epistemology, God, metaphysics, ethics, and human nature. He also provides information on key ideas like the law of noncontradiction, and the study of possible worlds. Since Nash writes from a theistic (Reformed Christian) perspective, he looks at all issues through the lens of Christianity.
This book was designed as an introduction to philosophy and worldviews, but it also functions as an introduction to logic and conceptual analysis. Nash set out to help readers improve the logical consistency of their own worldviews by enabling them to see possible contradictions in logic existent in a worldview. He also wanted to affirm that philosophy can indeed solve some of the world's real problems. But most importantly, Nash wanted to help readers think more clearly about both the philosophers and philosophies that have already shaped their lives.
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Life's Ultimate Questions is unique among introductory philosophy textbooks. By synthesizing three distinct approachestopical, historical, and worldview/conceptual systemsit affords students a breadth and depth of perspective previously unavailable in standard introductory texts.
Part One, Six Conceptual Systems, explores the philosophies of: naturalism, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, and Aquinas.
Part Two, Important Problems in Philosophy, sheds light on: The Law of Noncontradiction, Possible Words, Epistemology I: Whatever Happened to Truth?, Epistemology II: A Tale of Two Systems, Epistemology III: Reformed Epistemology, God I: The Existence of God, God II: The Nature of God, Metaphysics: Some Questions About Indeterminism, Ethics I: The Downward Path, Ethics II: The Upward Path, Human Nature: The Mind-Body Problem and Survival After Death.
Ronald H. Nash (PhD, Syracuse University) was professor of philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books, including The Concept of God and Faith and Reason.
Harold Orndorffnorthern KentuckyAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5not your usual intro to PhilJanuary 9, 2014Harold Orndorffnorthern KentuckyAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Because it was inexpensive in ebook form, and the author was Ronald Nash, I bought it. I have been very pleased so far (not quite finished with it yet). The late Nash had a prolific writing career, of which this is a useful part.
Nash takes a somewhat different approach in this book that appears to be intended as an introduction to Philosophy. He uses some history of Philosophy, along with some broad analysis, to help us start thinking about those "Ultimate Questions." Having taught Philosophy for a long time using texts with a more 'traditional' approach, I find I like this, and might use it for a class text.
Do be aware of two things: if you are an completely beginner to the field, you might find this approach a bit daunting. Also, Nash is a very 'Christian' philosopher, which is obviously reflected in this work.
AR ReidBaltimore, MDAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Best Introduction to philosophyAugust 26, 2013AR ReidBaltimore, MDAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My brother, chaplain A.R. Reid, said what needs to be said about this book. I only have one word to add: MASTERFUL!
Marsha Mayo-hunterPhila., PAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Clear and ConciseNovember 26, 2010Marsha Mayo-hunterPhila., PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I got this book as a compliment to a class I am taking. The information is presented in a clear and concise manner. The author makes a very complicated subject understandable to an average reader.
Chap. A.R. Reid5 Stars Out Of 5October 28, 2006Chap. A.R. ReidLifes Ultimate Questions is far more than an introduction to philosophy. Its a weapon for blowing away high-minded humanistic thinking. I read Lifes Ultimate Questions for the first time in 2003 while doing a combat tour in Iraq. Ive been reading Nash ever since. His books are meaty and yet clear as crystal, and a pleasure to read. But best of all Nashs works are practical. And this introduction to philosophy is no exception. I was sorry to hear that Ron Nash passed away this year. He will be missedat least by me.
Jeff Nash5 Stars Out Of 5March 25, 2000Jeff NashThis book is more than an Introduction to Philosophy or a clear guide to such major philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas. It is an important resource for Christians who want a grounding in philosophy that will help prepare them to think more clearly about Christian truths.