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The Many Faces of Wisdom

Phil Washburn

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ISBN 10: 0130941204 / ISBN 13: 9780130941206
Published by Prentice Hall, 2002
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Title: The Many Faces of Wisdom

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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This broad and readable book makes use of 16 essays on great philosophers to explore and answer the question: “What is philosophy?” It describes each philosopher's life project, his or her motivating sight, and the various theories and concepts resulting from that central discovery. The essays focus on Confucius, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, St Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, James, Wittgenstein, and Beauvoir. Emphasis on their different theories includes their ideas about God, knowledge, society, and other well-know issues. This offers readers a look at varying views on morality, knowledge, and the nature of philosophy itself, and the profound effects of these differences—on priorities, focus, and methods of inquiry. The contributions of diverse authors share a unified belief that the ideas in this book are all important—that understanding a new way of thinking, gaining a new vision of possibilities, and challenging conventional assumptions can change one's life. For anyone who is curious about philosophy or the great philosophers, and anyone who is beginning to question their purpose and meaning, and life's everyday routine.

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"What is philosophy?" This question guides the sixteen original essays, written by teachers for students, which compose this new introductory philosophy text. Each essay presents one great philosopher's unique vision of the nature of philosophy, and the collection illustrates the diversity of approaches that make philosophy perennially fascinating, and that make the great philosophers our contemporaries. Phil Washburn and his colleagues have produced a set of interesting, readable, and substantial commentaries, each uniform in style and design, which give readers a rich, multifaceted understanding of the meaning of philosophy.

The philosophers included in this collection include: Confucius, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, James, Wittgenstein and Beauvoir.

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