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The Basics of Western Philosophy (Basics of the Social Sciences) Hardcover – March 30, 2004

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"[K]elly's work provides a straightforward and complete introduction to the field of philosophy in the Western world. It would not be difficult to imagine reading The Basics of Western Philosophy cover to cover in order to gain a useful overview of Western philosophy. It might even serve beautifully as a textbook for an introductory philosophy course. The work belongs on the shelves of academic libraries, high school libraries, and public libraries that wish to provide such an educational resource to their patrons. In any case, one might consider whether this work is more appropriate to a circulating collection than on the reference shelf."-Reference & User Services Quarterly

"More than a mere survey, this is a work of philosophical comprehension limited only in its compass because of its intended audience (high school and undergraduate students as well as the general public). Highly recommended."-Library Journal

"ÝK¨elly's work provides a straightforward and complete introduction to the field of philosophy in the Western world. It would not be difficult to imagine reading The Basics of Western Philosophy cover to cover in order to gain a useful overview of Western philosophy. It might even serve beautifully as a textbook for an introductory philosophy course. The work belongs on the shelves of academic libraries, high school libraries, and public libraries that wish to provide such an educational resource to their patrons. In any case, one might consider whether this work is more appropriate to a circulating collection than on the reference shelf."-Reference & User Services Quarterly

?More than a mere survey, this is a work of philosophical comprehension limited only in its compass because of its intended audience (high school and undergraduate students as well as the general public). Highly recommended.?-Library Journal

?[K]elly's work provides a straightforward and complete introduction to the field of philosophy in the Western world. It would not be difficult to imagine reading The Basics of Western Philosophy cover to cover in order to gain a useful overview of Western philosophy. It might even serve beautifully as a textbook for an introductory philosophy course. The work belongs on the shelves of academic libraries, high school libraries, and public libraries that wish to provide such an educational resource to their patrons. In any case, one might consider whether this work is more appropriate to a circulating collection than on the reference shelf.?-Reference & User Services Quarterly

"This is a good book and it performs well when considered against its intended market."-Practical Philosophy

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This introductory work for students and general readers examines the process of philosophical discourse and considers the major problems of philosophy.

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  • Series: Basics of the Social Sciences
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313323526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313323522
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,243,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hated this book. It is in the tradition of philosophy written to be inoffensive to females of very conventional sensibilities. I mean, the REAL tradition of such books, not some metaphor you could think I invented because I wanted to write a negative review.

For example, Kelly says that Leibnitz "believed" that ours is the best of all possible worlds; in fact, Leibitz wrote that "philosophy" only as innocuous reading for a particular female patroness of his. As Bertrand Russell explains quite clearly, this was not Leibnitz's real philosophy. The "best of all possible worlds" philosophy that was rightly parodied by Voltaire in Candide was "at best" only a comic-book version of Leibnitz's real system, called the Monodology. But you will not learn this from Kelly. The Adventure of Philosophy, this isn't.

As another example, you can find dozens of pages devoted to various theistic approaches to philosophy, and only two pages to anti-theistic approaches, which are carefully called "the argument from evil." Gosh, I wonder whether Kelly's students have a bias towards belief in God?

If you think philosophy is best when it is easy to understand and offends the fewest number of people, you might really love this book. If such is your case, perhaps this book is for the best... of all your possible worlds... and whatever box you keep it in.
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