Oriented toward historical philosophy or introductory philosophy courses, this text seeks to acquaint students with the history of western critical thinking in an accessible and appealing format. The WISDOM SEEKERS gathers together a multitude of insights into man's eternal attempts to make sense of the human story. Coverage ranges from the beginnings of philosophical thought, the pre-Socratic philosophers, the Golden Age of Athens, the eclipse of philosophy throughout the Dark Ages, its resurrection during the Renaissance, the emergence of empirical philosophy during the last four centuries, and the career of philosophy during the twentieth century and its eclipse by the sciences.
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James Christian received an STB in Historical Theology and a PhD in Philosophy of History, both from Boston University and is now Professor Emeritus at Santa Ana College. Long renowned for his engaging teaching and writing style, he is also author of I am also the author of ETI: The First Encounter, and a two-volume history of Western thought entitled The Wisdom Seekers: Great Philosophers of the Western World (Wadsworth, 2002). Of his approach, Christian says "Intellectually, I am a child of my teacher Arnold Toynbee who instilled in me a passion to see all existence as a single phenomenon but without losing sight of the most minute details--this cave painting, this footnote, this flower in this crannied wall."Review:
1. Prolegomena to the History of Philosophy. PART I: THE PRESOCRATICS: THE DAWNING OF CRITICAL PHILOSOPHY. 2. The Milesians of Asia Minor. 3. The Ionians. 4. Pythagoras of Samos. 5. The Eleatics. 6. Empedocles of Akrgas. 7. The Early Greek Atomists. PART II: THE GOLDEN AGE OF GREEK PHILOSOPHY: THE SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH OF THINGS. 8. Socrates of the Agora. 9. The Socratic Legacy: Counter-Culture Philosophies. 10. Plato de Athens. 11. Aristotle of Stagira. PART III: PHILOSOPHY AFTER ARISTOTLE: IDEAS TO LIVE BY. 12. The Disintegration of Philosophy and the Rise of Noetic Theology: 322 BC-AD 250. 13. Epicurus of Samos. 14 Zeno, Marcus Aurelius, and Stoicism. 15. Plotinus of Alexandria. PART IV: THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN BELIEF AND CRITICAL PHILOSOPHY. 16. Philosophy during the Dark Ages: One: Porphyry to Hypatia. 17. Philosophy during the Dark Ages: Two: Augustine and Thagaste. 18. Philosophy during the Dark Ages: Three: From the Christological Battles to Alcuin (AD 425-800). 19. Philosophy during the Dark Ages: Four: Eriugena to Abelard (AD 870 - 1142). 20. Arabian and Jewish. Philosophy During the Middle Ages. 21. High Scholasticism: The Golden Age of Theology. 22. Philosophy during the Renaissance.
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