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An Introduction To Philosophy: Perennial Principles of the Classical Realist Tradition

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AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY by Daniel J. Sullivan is intended for the general reader as well as for the student. Its primary purpose is to present the elements of philosophy with simplicity and clarity in order to arouse that sense of wonder which Aristotle says is the beginning of the love of wisdom.

This well-structured overview begins with an historical study of
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Published January 1st 1957 by TAN Books
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Nathan White
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title suggests that this book is an introduction to philosophy, but it's the subtitle that truly gets at what this book is about: the Classical Realist Tradition. In this sense, I would not recommend this as an introduction to philosophy per se, but as an introduction to the realist tradition. The historical introduction to philosophy only covers the Sophists, Socrates, Plat, and Aristotle (and perhaps Aquinas).

Nevertheless, as one firmly convinced of the value and truthfulness of the
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Thredboskier345
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best introduction to philosophy there is.
Rudy Parker
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty good over-view of classical and early modern philosophy. A bit too much emphasis on Judeo-christian philosophy, so it's bordering on Theology. Lot's of Thomas Aquinas quotes, which I already studied extensively in my Jurisprudence course at LSE when I completed my Law degree there. The chapters on Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and the Sophists were the best
Rose
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adolescents and adults
An awesome Philosophy book that we covered in our Senior year. I really enjoyed it, though I think it may have been somewhat incomplete. It depends on what you're looking for, but it is a great read if you like Philosophy.
Andrew Simmons
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Somehow, Sullivan manages to get St. Anselm wrong.....other than that it was a good introduction with an emphasis on perennial themes.
Daniel
May 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's one of those books that after a 20 minute skim, you get the gist of what is going on and know that time is better spent elsewhere.
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