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From Ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today, this book provides a comprehensive survey of the Western philosophy tradition. In 100 extracts from the great philosophers, it covers all the main branches of philosophy, including theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of religion and science, moral philosophy (theoretical and applied), political theory an ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published November 14th 1996 by Wiley-Blackwell
(first published October 1st 1996)
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Jun 24, 2007 James rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Budding philosophers
This is a textbook containing primarily edited, condensed, and referenced pieces of philosophy. While it does not do proper justice to any particular philosopher, it is very good at introducing one to the basic questions of philosophy in general and how the great thinkers of history approached them. The book pays particular attention to Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Locke, and Neitzsche.
This was my textbook for Intro to Philosophy 100. We didn't go through all of it, but it was a good introduction. Of course, I wouldn't get half the stuff on my own if it wasn't for the teacher. I still remember Augustine's explanation about how God's foreknowledge of all our actions does not negate free will (a subject of my second exam paper, in part).
I found it a little difficult to understand why some philosophers were chosen in certain areas and why others were not. Since I withdrew from the OU course I had bought this for I decided to donate my copy to my local library as a reference book so that others could benefit from it rather than keeping it on my shelf at home where it would only have gathered dust (and potentially notes in the margins where I disagreed!)