Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy” as Want to Read:
The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  148 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Great Conversation, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Great Conversation

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
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.
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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.
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
Jul 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
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?
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
Matthew MacLennan
rated it it was amazing
Apr 28, 2015
Kamila Assegaf
rated it it was amazing
Apr 16, 2017
Jade Tarsier
rated it liked it
Aug 19, 2011
Darrell Griffin
rated it it was amazing
Jan 22, 2017
Joshua Giesler
rated it really liked it
Jul 31, 2015
Joshua Fordyce
rated it it was amazing
Sep 23, 2017
Erica Eshun
rated it liked it
Oct 23, 2014
Nam Tran
rated it really liked it
Jul 11, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Apr 03, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Apr 23, 2011
rated it liked it
Mar 14, 2012
Katherine Matthews
rated it really liked it
May 18, 2015
rated it really liked it
Nov 15, 2017
rated it really liked it
Jan 24, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Aug 22, 2017
Sam Korotkov
rated it really liked it
Jan 02, 2016
Marina Yassa
rated it liked it
May 16, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Nov 21, 2007
rated it really liked it
Jul 14, 2012
rated it liked it
May 03, 2013
Mary Hu
rated it it was amazing
Jan 23, 2014
Dirk Verbeek
rated it really liked it
Feb 13, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Feb 20, 2012
rated it really liked it
Mar 30, 2008
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings
  • A Reformation Debate
  • Abnormal Child Psychology
  • A Presocratics Reader
  • The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community
  • Current Psychotherapies
  • How to Think about the Great Ideas: From the Great Books of Western Civilization
  • Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century
  • Rationality and the Reflective Mind
  • Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings
  • Los siete pecados capitales
  • Good and Real: Demystifying Paradoxes from Physics to Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • The Gospel According to John I-XII (Anchor Bible Series, Vol 29)
  • How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction
  • Mozart: A Cultural Biography
  • The Brain and the Meaning of Life

Nonfiction Deals

  • Rumi: The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship
    $10.74 $1.99
  • I Will Teach You To Be Rich
    $13.95 $1.99
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    $10.99 $2.99
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
    $11.74 $2.99
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are
    $9.99 $2.99
  • I'm Just a Person
    $9.24 $1.99
  • Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout
    $9.24 $1.99
  • The Professor & the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity & the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
    $9.74 $2.99
  • The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New
    $8.24 $1.99
  • The Public Library: A Photographic Essay
    $27.99 $4.99
  • The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Murphy's Boy
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace
    $14.95 $1.99
  • The Heart of Meditation: Discovering Innermost Awareness
    $12.99 $1.99
  • My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir
    $9.49 $1.99
  • The Essential Rumi
    $10.24 $1.99
  • Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
    $10.74 $2.99
  • How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece
    $8.24 $1.99
  • How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays (A Harvest Book)
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass
    $11.99 $2.99
  • The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
    $6.99 $2.99
  • No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
    $8.74 $1.99
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
    $10.49 $2.99
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile
    $8.24 $1.99
  • Castles of Steel
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life
    $9.74 $1.99
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
    $3.99 $1.99