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Classics of Western Philosophy

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  136 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The seventh edition of Steven Cahn's "Classics of Western Philosophy" features several major additions, including selections from Plotinus' "Enneads", Schopenhauer's "The World as Will and Representation", Husserl's "Paris Lectures", Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations", and a new selection from Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit". Selections from Aristotle's "Metap ...more
Paperback, 1237 pages
Published June 30th 2007 by Hackett Pub Co (first published January 1st 1977)
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Ken Moten
I had originally gave this book 4stars but I have to give it 3 because I am not a big fan of the way they chose to edit these works.
Regan Leigh
Mar 29, 2014 Regan Leigh rated it liked it
Disclaimer- I read the pieces I wanted to read and skipped the others. Somehow I couldn't bring myself to read Schopenhauer's "Emptiness of Existence" after trudging through the Communist Manifesto. Plato and Locke didn't disappoint however.
Jul 12, 2012 Julian rated it really liked it
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This collection is great as an introduction to Western philosophy. The introductions to each philosopher are particularly valuable, especially for students, because they explain the philosopher's beliefs in terms that are easy to understand (without the language loops that are common in some of the books). This collection can easiliy be read by jumping around to different books, and I found it most rewarding to read it this way. Highly recommended for those looking for an easy (and big) introduc ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
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I'm working slowly through this massive anthology of Philosophers from Plato to Kant and beyond. So far I've read several of Plato's plays, and I have to say, that Plato's Apology is an incredible piece of literature! Socrates' defence and the accusations levelled against him for teaching on foreign gods, or that they do not exist, is truly a classic in the writings of the ancient philosophers.
Dec 21, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
This is the book we used for Philosophy. We read The Meno, The Apology, The Republic, The Nicomachean Ethics, The Meditations, A Treatise on Human Nature, and The Enquiry.
I read this ages ago, when I was 19; I'm reading it again to see what's happened to my brain in the 8 years. More to follow...
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1400 pages, working front to back.
Dec 15, 2008 Hakija rated it really liked it
Good book but long!
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