Author(s): Michael C. LaBossiere
Collected from LaBossiere's regular column in "The Philosopher's Magazine", this fascinating set of philosophical provocations focuses on matters that are of popular interest to the general public, yet are also philosophically significant.In this accessible and stimulating book, Michael C. LaBossiere takes a provocative look at issues in contemporary politics, culture and society through the lens of philosophy. Collected from LaBossiere's regular column in "The Philosopher's Magazine", this fascinating set of philosophical provocations assumes no background in philosophy and focuses on matters that are of popular interest to the general public, yet are also philosophically significant.Topics range across a whole host of controversial issues that are of genuine interest to the reader, including same sex marriage, video games, gene therapy, true love, chance, torture, gender, God, the media, and freedom. LaBossiere approaches each issue in a fascinatingly philosophical manner, providing an appealing alternative to the vast volume of strident and irrational approaches that are all too common in today's media.
"'Drawing from a hallowed tradition dating back to Socrates and Plato, LaBossiere brilliantly tackles many of the toughest ethical dilemmas of our times, from gender selection, cloning and sexual inequality to violence in the media and the conduct of warfare. In an age of snap judgments and stereotypes, he approaches his topics in a refreshingly open-minded fashion. His quick wit and firm knowledge of contemporary culture bring philosophy full-force into the 21st century.' Paul Halpern, Professor of Physics, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Author of What's Science Ever Done for Us?"
Michael C. LaBossiere is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, USA. His 'Philosophical Provocations' column appears regularly in The Philosopher's Magazine and on the magazine's website.
Introduction; Part I: Metaphysics and Epistemology; What There is and What You (Don't) Know About It?; The Mind; God and Purpose; What Don't You Know?; Love; Part II: Values: Ethics and Social and Political Thought; Good, Evil, Politics and all that stuff; Gender and Ethics; Technology and Ethics; Medical Ethics; Media and Ethics; Animals; Art and Ethics; Philosophers, Atheists, Choosers and Frauds; Political and Social Thought.