Blackwell Companion to Philosophy (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

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9780631187899: Blackwell Companion to Philosophy (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

In this comprehensive and authoritative volume, philosophers explore the issues, controversies and problems which arise from the study of philosophy - from specific specialized subject areas to the work of great historical figures. Personal overviews by John Searle and Bernard Williams establish an emphasis on developments over recent decades.

The Companion functions primarily as a flexible and distinctive introductory textbook, but even advanced students will welcome its stimulating and accessible chapters and the guidance provided by cross references, glossary entries, boxed highlights, bibliographies, discussion questions, and further reading.

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Nicholas Bunnin studied at Harvard university and Corpus Crhisti College, Oxford. He is Fellow at the University of Essex and DIrector of the Philosophy Project at hte Centre for Modern Chinese Studeis at eh University of Oxford.

Eric Tsui-James lectured in Philosophy at St. Hilda's College Oxford before becoming Associated Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong.

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The editors concede that this is not so much a companion to philosophy as to late 20th-century Anglo-American analytic philosophy. People outside that tradition will find the initial essays by John Searle and Bernard Williams bumptious. The book does contain a brief but intelligent essay on Continental philosophy by David E. Cooper and an essay on feminist philosophy by Jean Grimshaw, which gives many recent French feminists their due (though it ignores Helene Cixous). Kant, Hegel, and Marx get brief look-ins, and the ancient philosophers and the medievals get a chapter each. The early moderns-from Descartes and Hobbes to Hume-get 80 pages. This leaves 600 pages for the Anglo-American philosophers, from the pragmatists onward, of which 480 are devoted to recent analytic philosophers and their backgrounds. These essays, mostly by well-established authors, are of very high quality. A.C. Grayling on epistemology and Simon Blackburn on metaphysics are especially enlightening. Mary Tiles on the philosophy of mathematics is not only clear on a difficult subject but breaks through the philosophical parochialism of some of the other discussions. Leon Pompa's essay on the philosophy of history is an unusually good introduction to the subject. Highly recommended for academic libraries.
Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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