Ten Great Works of Philosophy
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Ten Great Works of Philosophy

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In its vast scope, this book presents the continuum of Western philosophy. Ranging from ancient Greece to nineteenth-century America, it traces the history of our civilization through the seminal works of its most influential thinkers. Each philosopher in this volume made intellectual history; each created a revolution in ideas; each reaffirmed man’s view of himself as a s...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Signet Classics (first published December 1st 1969)
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This was my text in Freshman Philosophy in college. It was so good it gave me the impetus to take two more courses in Philosophy when I didn't even have to.
Massive writing (some 600 pages) for such a small, almost pocket-sized book. Wolf edits and compiles "Ten Great Works" from some of the big names in ancient, medieval, and modern philosophy. I only read the Hume section, and cannot comment on the rest of the book.

The type was small and lines were very close together, of course for maximum compactness. This made it hard to read (beyond the usual dense, technical writing you expect from works of philosophy ). The selection of philosophy was decen...more
The fifth century B.C. thinkers began to exercise their power of the mind: question were asked about the origin of reason, and our fundamental judgement of man's view of himself and world we live in. This book introduces nine great thinkers of Western philosophy from the ancient Greece until 19th century America.

It tells the history of thier famous works, and eye-opening theories reflecting upon the principle of their thought and action.
Having me review this is like having a Christian review the Bible.
I was reading this book while traveling in Greece, the birth place of philosophy. This book begins with the trial of Socrates. And I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Socrates' prison up on a mountain in Athens. It made it all the more interesting to read.

Despite having fun with the first few works of philosophy, I had trouble understanding Aristotle's "poetics". As I was finishing up the book mostly on the metro in my daily commute to work and back, I would often retract to earlier pages...more
1) Apology; Plato
2) Crito; Plato
3) Poetics; Aristotle
4) Proslogium (selection); St. Anselm
5) The Summa Theologica (selection): Thomas Aquinas
6) Meditations on the First Philosophy; Descartes, Rene
7) An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding; Hume, Davd
8) Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics; Kant, Immanuel
9) Utilitarianism; Mill, John Stuart
10) The Will to Believe; James, William
A great collection of introductory works. I loved it.
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Robert Paul Wolff is an American political philosopher. An alumnus of Harvard University, he currently teaches at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was primarily known for his research on Immanuel Kant.

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