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This volume is the first introduction to all the main philosophical systems of the world, written by a highly successful textbook author. It is the ideal textbook for use on all courses in comparative philosophy, multicultural philosophy, and the history of philosophy.
Unique in its breadth, World Philosophies introduces philosophy from the time of Ancient India, China and Greece up to the present day. These philosophical systems are viewed as attempts to provide integrated accounts of the place of human beings within the wider order of things, and to determine in the light of these philosophies the proper conduct of human life.
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David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham, having taught previously at the Universities of Oxford, Miami, London and Surrey. He has held many Visiting Professorships, in the USA, UK, South Africa and Europe. His previous books include Philsophy and the Nature of Language (1973), Metaphor (1986), and Existentialism (1990). He also edited the Blackwell Companion to Aesthetics (1992).From Library Journal:
Cooper is an imaginative philosopher?the author of Metaphor (Blackwell, 1986), the best book on its subject. He has written one of the few histories of philosophy that gives nearly equal time to non-Western thought, and he has traced the main ideas without getting bogged down in detail or lapsing into vapid generalizations. Ultimately, Cooper's task is impossible. Concentration on canonical thinkers who seem to appear miraculously, the major sin of historians of philosophy, is inevitable. But he does put them into contexts that make sense, and he does try to provide some continuity. Inevitably, too, some figures are slighted. McTaggart does not even appear in the bibliography. Descartes still figures as the mad dualist attacked by British philosophers of the 1950s. But Cooper's treatment is generally sound, and his account of Eastern philosophies is particularly heartening because it recognizes recent Indian and Chinese philosophy and avoids the orientalist antiquarianism that mars so much good writing on these subjects. This is a good book for ordinary readers who want to get the drift of philosophy.?Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa
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Book Description Wiley-Blackwell, 1995. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0631188673
Book Description Wiley-Blackwell, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0631188673