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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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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
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Cory Alexander
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 14, 2008 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.
Dec 28, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Ethan Blackburn
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great collection for those starting with philosophy, or just getting into it. Recommended.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book had some very interesting readings from various philosopher's. Although some of it was difficult to understand it really got you to think.
Blake Suedekum
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Awesome reference book.
Annette Jahnel
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent for short reads, and for ongoing reference.
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Stanley Rosen was Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy and Professor Emeritus at Boston University. His research and teaching focused on the fundamental questions of philosophy and on the most important figures of its history, from Plato to Heidegger.
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