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The Great Philosophers

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This work brings together in one volume and in chronological order writings on the greatest philosophers by specialists, designed to be accessible to the general reader. The book covers: Anthony Gottlieb on Socrates; Bernard Williams on Plato; John Cottingham on Descartes; Roger Scruton on Spinoza; David Berman on Berkeley; Anthony Quinton on Hume; Terry Eagleton on Marx; ...more
Paperback, 570 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Phoenix (first published July 14th 2000)
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Aug 31, 2010 Ania rated it liked it
3.5 really. It's unfair to rate a book low just because you didn't understand it well enough to rate it well. The format was also a problem, reading philosophers back to back leaves no room for the ideas to sink in and separate. I took to reading this a chapter at a time in between other books which, psychologically, unfortunately turned it into a slog. I am certain I will re-read parts of it in future for reference. On the plus side each chapter was obviously written by a knowledgeable, passion ...more
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This book is great for someone who wants to refresh their knowledge of Philosophy. As each essay is written by a different author, it was difficult at times to go from one essay to another. Unfortunately, some essays were not written very well, which is why I only gave this book three stars. Having a degree in Philosophy, I enjoyed refreshing my knowledge of Plato and Decartes but would have liked something on Aristotle and Kant.
Sep 02, 2007 Vik rated it really liked it
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I bought this book just before a long flight hoping it would help me sleep, how wrong I was! A good introductory and accessible book to the philosophers covered and in fact you could probably use it as a bluffers guide although thats not the intention of the authors.

Each philosopher and their main themes are explained in a manner designed to make you want to find out more. Very well done.
Sep 10, 2011 Mjaballah rated it liked it
Not really connected. The book is actually broken into different chapters for each Philosopher, and different authors for each philosopher :/.
So it can be too shifty at times. However, a great book if you want a fast picture a philosopher's theories, world outlook and if you are lucky their life and successors.
Dec 18, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing
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A very good book full of knowledge about Philosophers that makes you want to go out and read more about each individual in more depth.
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