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Thales To Dewey (The Works of Gordon Haddon Clark, #3)

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"Greek philosophy began on May 28, 585 B.C., at 6:13 in the evening." With this arresting statement, Dr. Clark begins his masterful and unparalleled account of the history of Western Philosophy. Thales to Dewey does not attempt to be an encyclopedia of philosophy, but focuses primarily on the theories of knowledge advanced by the major philosophers. By focusing his book in ...more
Hardcover, 564 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Trinity Foundation (first published 1987)
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Jan 14, 2008 Paul rated it it was ok
If you don't follow Clark's philosophy, most of his critiques against competing systems of thought falter pretty quickly. While he does make some valid criticisms, if you think one can gain knowledge through inductive means, sense perception, or common sense, then you're likely to dismiss much of his criticisms of non-Christian thought as unhelpful. You're also likely to dismiss may of his criticisms of Natural Theology in the same way. If you are a Clarkian, then you're probably sure to love th ...more
Dec 21, 2009 Dan rated it liked it
At the moment, I'm actually just skimming through certain early philosophers. The Greeks fascinate me in a way that most later philosophers simply don't. Not sure why.

This book was my father's college Intro to Philosophy course book. When I was 17 and interested in attending St. John's College (which teaches via its Great Books program), he gave me this to read to see if I was ready for something like that. I never finished the book because I would get sidetracked into reading some of the origin
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Mar 19, 2014 Adam T Calvert rated it it was ok
This book is cited in a lot of shorter history of philosophy books, and I've found it to be helpful to have a history of philosophy written by a Christian philosopher. But so far, the reading has been a little tedious (yes, even for a "history of philosophy"). Clark is a great teacher, and I appreciate what he has to say. In this book though he seems to take a long time to say one thing - to the point that I get lost in the argument. Of course, that very well could be my own deficiency as a read ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Seth rated it really liked it
Not easy reading, but is any history of philosophy going to be? On the reread list.
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Aug 07, 2013 Tony Calvert rated it liked it
This was a very challenging read for me. I'll need to revisit several times.
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Gordon Haddon Clark was an American philosopher and Calvinist theologian. He was a primary advocate for the idea of presuppositional apologetics and was chairman of the Philosophy Department at Butler University for 28 years. He was an expert in pre-Socratic and ancient philosophy and was noted for his rigor in defending propositional revelation against all forms of empiricism and rationalism, in ...more
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