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The Philosopher's Handbook: Essential Readings from Plato to Kant

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An ideal introduction for the casual reader and a beneficial reference for the student, The Philosopher's Handbook features the writings of some of the world's most influential philosophers. Based on the premise that all human beings are curious about their existence, Rosen's collection brings together primary excerpts from the works of prominent thinkers such as Plato, Ni ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 656 pages
Published April 8th 2003 by Random House Reference
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Really good introduction to philosophy. This book is divided into six separate sections, covering the categories of social philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of art, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. Each section contained an introduction by a contemporary philosopher followed by excerpts by some of the philosophical giants: Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and others. I do have one quibble - I think I learned more about each category of philosophy from the introducti ...more
Selections from:
1) Symposium; Plato
2) Gorgias; Plato
3) Republic; Plato
4) Politics; Aristotle
5) The Prince; Machiavelli, Niccolo
6) Leviathan; Hobbes, Thomas
7) The First and Second Discourses; Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
8) Confessions; Augustine
9) Guide for the Perplexed; Maimonides
10) Pensees; Pascal, Blaise
11) Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion; Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich
12) Fear and Trembling; Soren Kieregaard
13) Republic; Plato
14) Poetics; Aristotle
15) On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a
Blake Suedekum
Awesome reference book.
Ethan Blackburn
A great collection for those starting with philosophy, or just getting into it. Recommended.
Jan 14, 2008 Eddie marked it as to-read
Picked this up because it was very cheap and has some interesting essays. Not planning on sitting down and reading it cover to cover, more likely, I'll read the occasional piece from time to time to expand my mind a bit. That is, when I'm not reading trashy vamp novels or bloody fantasy books.
Jun 20, 2012 Kitty rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in history of philosophy
Early days yet, but I enjoyed the intro to the book by Rosen, and Rahe's intro to the first section on social and political philosophy. Both stated things clearly and helped me understand some concepts better than I had before.
Cory Alexander
great book. took a few months at a slow pace but always enjoyable. wide range and all encompassing. a solid guide to keep around for basic reference towards all basics of philosophy. well worth the $15 and time!
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long tedious reading for me, but a few nuggets to carry.
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