Since Socrates: A Concise Source Book of Classic Readings

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This historically organized anthology, co-edited by one of contemporary philosophy's most noted scholars and teachers, Robert C. Solomon, provides philosophy students with a carefully edited collection of classical sources drawn from the history of philosophy. Unlike other historical anthologies, SINCE SOCRATES is designed as a concise source book, readily managed in the course of a semester with substantial yet manageable readings from original texts in translation. Beginning with selections from Pre-Socratic sources--both Eastern and Western--and moving through representative Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and 20th century readings, students are introduced to the wide range of ideas and styles that compose philosophy's historical cannon. The aim of the book is to provide both some contact with the great historical texts in philosophy and central topics for philosophical discussion. The readings are centered on three critical questions, ethics and the quest for the good life, truth and the problem of knowledge, and the existence of God.

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Robert C. Solomon (1942-2007) was internationally renowned as a teacher and lecturer in philosophy. He was Quincy Lee Centennial Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and over the course of his career taught at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Auckland, and the University of California, in addition to the University of Texas. He authored more than 40 books, including Introducing Philosophy, A Short History of Philosophy (with Kathleen Higgins), The Passions, In the Spirit of Hegel, About Love, Above the Bottom Line, Fourth Edition (with Clancy Martin), Ethics and Excellence, The Joy of Philosophy, and True to Our Feelings, and he was co-editor of Twenty Questions, Fifth Edition (with Lee Bowie and Meredith Michaels), and Since Socrates (with Clancy Martin).

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Introduction. Timeline. PROLOGUE: BEFORE SOCRATES. The Vedas, Brahman, and Buddhism. Rg Veda. Bhagavad Gita. Teachings of the Buddha. Confucianism. Confucius/The Analects. Taoism. Lao-Tze/Tao Te Ching. Chuang Tze/Selections. The Pre-Socratics. Thales/Selections. Pythagoras/Selections. Heraclitus/Selections. Parmenides/The Way of Truth. 1. SOCRATES AND PLATO. Apology. Euthyphro. Crito. Meno. Phaedo. Symposium. Phaedrus. Republic. 2. ARISTOTLE. Nicomachean Ethics. Categories. Metaphysics. Physics. 3. SEXTUS EMPIRICUS. From Outlines of Pyrrhonism. 4. ST. AUGUSTINE. The Problem of Evil (City of God, XI, XIV). 5. ST. ANSELM. The Ontological Proof of God. 6. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS. The Five Ways. 7. THOMAS HOBBES. Leviathan (13-15). 8. RENE DESCARTES. Meditations. 9. JOHN LOCKE. Essay on Human Understanding. From An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. On Personal Identity. From The Second Treatise on Government. 10. GOTTFRIED WILHELM VON LEIBNIZ. Monadology. 11. BISHOP GEORGE BERKELEY. Of the Principles of Human Knowledge. 12. DAVID HUME. Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. There Is No Self. Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (continued). Treatise of Human Nature. From Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. 13. IMMANUEL KANT. Critique of Pure Reason. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. 14. G.W.F. HEGEL. The Phenomenology of Spirit. 15. SOREN KIERKEGAARD. Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments. 16. JOHN STUART MILL. Utilitarianism. On Liberty. 17. FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. Gay Science. Beyond Good and Evil. The Genealogy of Morality. Twilight of the Idols. On Truth. On the Will to Power. On Eternal Recurrence. 18. WILLIAM JAMES. The Will to Believe. 19. BERTRAND RUSSELL. The Problems of Philosophy. 20. LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN. Philosophical Investigations. 21. JEAN-PAUL SARTRE. Existentialism Is a Humanism. Being and Nothingness. 22. SIMONE DE BEAUVIOR. The Ethics of Ambiguity. 23. MICHEL FOUCAULT. Truth and Power.

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