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Western Philosophy

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From ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today, Western Philosophy: An Anthology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the Western philosophical tradition.

In 100 substantial and carefully chosen extracts, the volume covers all the main branches of philosophy - theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of mind, religion and science, mor

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 4 of 5 stars
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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).
Just got it to read a few essays (Plato, Nietzsche). Worth it.
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!)
Very concise and accessible commentary on various works of Western Philosophy. A great book for further reading into your studies.
Julia Kay
This anthology has made me cry on numerous occasions, and likes to make me feel thick as thick.
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didn't read all of this one, for some reason it had no discussion of kris kross, what's the deal
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