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Classics of Western Philosophy Paperback – October 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1603847438 ISBN-10: 160384743X Edition: Eighth Edition,8

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1424 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; Eighth Edition,8 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160384743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603847438
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Customer Reviews

I really wish this book had page numbers according to the real book.
Miranda Arellano
I was required to purchase book for philosophy course and did not purchase the book for pleasure; hoever, it is very interesting so far.
Olga Navarro
Have tried to return my rented copy a couple of weeks before the due date and have always gotten not returnable.
Jessica

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
There are some good reasons for buying this anthology and, if you're an instructor, adopting it for your class. It's a truly extensive collection of many of the most significant writings of the most significant Western philosophers. Selections include writings of Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus,Sextus Empiricus, Augustine, Plotinus, Boethius, Anselm. Maimonides, Aquinas, Ockham, Descrates, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Mill, Nietzsche, Peirce, James, Russell, Husserl, Sartre, Wittgenstein, among others. Moreover, the selections from these philosophers are in most cases significant chunks of their most important works. I'm not aware of an anthology that has more content than has the one that Steven Cahn has compiled.

Another good reason is that the price is right. Over the years I've tracked the price of this anthology in comparison with others in the field. It is consistently one of the least expensive.

Now why you shouldn't adopt this anthology in your class. If the class is an upper-division course in the history of philosophy, this anthology makes sense as a primary-source supplement. However, if you are teaching an introduction to philosophy class, the material is too advanced for most college freshmen or sophomores (except maybe at an Ivy League school).

Moreover, the overview given prior to each philosopher's writings is extremely brief and simply does not prepare the student for what he or she will find in the works themselves. Because understanding philosophical arguments requires some adeptness in critical thinking, many students will be lost as they read through the texts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.M. Charlebois on February 11, 2014
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This is the textbook needed for my Philosophy course. It is easy to work with and I am enjoying reading the book.
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I was required to purchase this book which has proven to be an essential tool in my philosophy course. It has a wide variety of writings by many well known philosophers. If taking a philosophy course and asked to purchase this book be sure to do so because the primary aspect of the class will be reading and taking notes on those readings. I find that it would be very difficult to pass the course without doing the readings that are assigned. I would, however, recommend getting an actual physical book rather than an ebook. Simply because I find that it is easier to take notes, mark pages, as well as keep up in class. I know that other students who have purchased an ebook have trouble because the pages are either not numbered or they are numbered differently altogether.
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By Olga Navarro on September 20, 2013
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Same content as hard cover. I was required to purchase book for philosophy course and did not purchase the book for pleasure; hoever, it is very interesting so far.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Toso Mohammed-Haruna on September 18, 2013
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I got this as an e-book for a class and its a pain in the ass to follow along/do homework assignments on it because for some reason Kindles (I have the Fire HD) use location numbers instead of page numbers. I understand the logic behind it since font/size can be altered.. but practically it makes things unnecessarily difficult. I dont see why the page numbers from the book copy cant be applied to the bottom of each page so at least I have an idea of where to be. When our professor says "turn to page 426" I have to look at the location number (usually in the tens of thousands) and do cross multiplication just to find the general place I should begin looking at. Its a real detriment to keeping up. If this is for personal enjoyment, by all means get it.. but if its for a class, id recommend the physical paperback version. Although its huge, its a lot easier to read from and stay on task with.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miranda Arellano on February 10, 2014
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I really wish this book had page numbers according to the real book. Yes it's nice not to wast paper, but come on! So frustrating trying to keep up in class.
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Steven M. Cahn a Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center in New York City.

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