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The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy

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Now in its fifth edition, this historically organized introductory text treats philosophy as a dramatic and continuous story--a conversation about humankind's deepest and most persistent concerns. Tracing the exchange of ideas between history's key philosophers, The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Fifth Edition, demonstrates that while construc ...more
Hardcover, 746 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1995)
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Lance R. Goebel
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just received this book in the mail today.

I'm not sure how long it will take me to read it. The primary reason for that is because it's a book for a college class and I'm not sure if I'm going to stick to reading it with the class or read it on my own.
Jennifer
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great book if you want some basic, overall knowledge of various philosophers. Melchert gives good detail on Greek philosophers like Aristotle and Plato and continues onto more contemporary ones like Hegel and Nietzsche.

I would recommend this book for anyone wanting an introductory course in philosophy. For those wanting something in greater detail, I would recommend the actual texts, like Plato's Five Dialogues or Republic.
Ci
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent introduction textbook for me. It gives vivid examples to illustrate key philosophic issues, particularly useful when the author breaks down key texts with explanations to assist understanding. I have given it a first pass during the last two months, but I must admit that I have not been able to digest many ideas fully. I am taking the next few months to read the original texts of key philosophers, then return again and again to this book. -- April 2015
Kiki
Jul 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Best survey of philosophy. Great as an on hand reference, or just to refresh your memory. Had Norman at Lehigh for two semesters of philosophy and he was just so energetic and happy. Hard to believe he was a philosopher, or shouldn't it be?
Catherine
I read an earlier incarnation of this book that came in two volumes. It seemed to be aimed at people who just don't "get" philosophy. It was very frustrating.
Michael Dobbie
Mar 09, 2009 marked it as to-read
i like the title, would like to check it out
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