Historical Introduction to Philosophy

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This anthology leads readers to an appreciation of Western philosophy through an exploration of its history, the problems (classical questions) it has dealt with, and the major philosophers and their works within that historical setting.  All readings are primary sources, allowing readers to experience the author's thoughts in his or her own words. KEY TOPICS: The Ancient Period (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius). The Medieval Period (St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham). The Modern Period (Decartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hobbes,  Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Mill). The Contemporary Period (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marx, Bergson, James, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Russell, Wittgenstein). Current Dimensions (Susanne Lange, John Rawls, W.V. Quine, John Searle, Peter Singer). MARKET: For anyone interested in a comprehensive, historical survey of Western philosophy.                 

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This text/anthology is designed to lead beginning students to an appreciation of Western philosophy through an exploration of its history, the problems (classical questions) it has dealt with, and the major philosophers and their works within that historical setting.

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This anthology is designed to lead beginning students/readers to an appreciation of Western philosophy through an exploration of its history, the problems (classical questions) it has dealt with, and the major philosophers and their works within that historical setting. Coverage spans 2000 years of Western philosophy—from the predecessors of Socrates to the present day— and contains 33 profiles of individual philosophers representing the four major periods—ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary. In reading through a varied anthology of primary works for each philosopher—set within historical context—readers can trace the actual thought processes involved in doing philosophy.

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