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About the Author

George Stuart Fullerton (1859 - 1925) was an American philosopher and psychologist. He was born at Fatehgarh, India; graduated in 1879 from the University of Pennsylvania and in 1884 from Yale Divinity School; and returned to Pennsylvania to be an instructor, adjunct professor, and dean of the department of philosophy, dean of the college, and vice provost of the university. In 1904 he was appointed professor of philosophy at Columbia University. In 1913-14 he was exchange professor at the University of Vienna. He was president of the American Psychological Association in 1896. His philosophy is realistic.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463688881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463688882
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By truthtrumpspc on August 13, 2012
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The book was written in 1906, and I must say that it has an odd air about it. It has no title page and even the spine is without a title or the publisher? I suppose it's a public domain book; but on balance I'm glad that the publisher undertook the effort to re-issue it. Mr. Fullerton wrote this book at a time when psychology and philosophy were parting ways and as both a philosopher and psychologist he offers an interesting perspective from the period. He writes about philosophical ideas from his take on how these are understood by; 1) the plain man, 2) the scientist, and 3) the philosopher. He sees the plain man as informed by common sense. The scientist is more observant in his field and also builds on past knowledge. The philosopher engages in "reflection" of everything ignored or assumed by others.

I hesitate to recommend this book to the general reader interested in an introduction to philosophy. Usually an introductory philosophy book uses an historical approach or a study of topics relating to the systematic branches such as epistemology, ethics, etc. The author's treatment does touch on most topics, but seems to use them only as a vehicle to focus on the topic of "mind" and from his "realist" viewpoint. I personally found the entire discussion on the "mind" very insightful, but the author goes overboard to the neglect of discussion of systematic topics that would be beneficial to those not familiar with traditional philosophy. I also found his ideas on "space" and "time" quite interesting but his metaphysical discussions might be considered quaint by today's anti-metaphysical philosophers. I would also add that his religious background has obviously biased and somewhat clouded his discussion of the philosophy of religion.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Reinders II on September 28, 2013
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Having been an avid reader all my life, I'd read bits and pieces of Plato, Socrates, and other 'Philosophers' over the years, So when i saw this book, I thought to myself, why not?

What a fascinating read! I had no idea of the depth and breadth of philosophy, going back as far as 5000 years by some estimates. The word itself comes from the Greek 'philosophia' which means "Love of Wisdom."

The search for the meaning of all things real or unreal, wright or wrong, what is only in our minds and what is reality. And the debate, which has been going on those 5000 years is still going on.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James E. Mcmichael on September 17, 2011
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As one with a Master's degree in philosophy and as one who has been away from the field for many, many years (destroying my brain teaching English in a large public school), I found this introduction to be well-written, concise, and comprehensive. An excellent re-introduction albeit perhaps a bit too fast to be of best use to one not already familiar with most of the material.
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I enjoyed this book very much. I am new to the philosophy world, so some of the terminology was new and confusing. I found myself reading some sections two and three times. The author sometimes produced a paragraph consisting of only one sentence accompanied by five or six commas. Very confusing at times. As for the content, I was pleased. I was able to learn quite a bit about the subject.
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Nice starter book, written round the turn of the 20th century so close to a hundred years old reflecting the thought and science o the time. a fun read
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I listened to this book on kindle fire's audio text reading option. It was very helpful. As I am also reading books on reformed theology, such as Calvin's Institutes, among others, especially on apologetics by Bahnsen, Van Til, and Oliphint, I notice some remarkable differences in looking at these subjects.
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By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2012
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This is an excellent book for one who does not have a background in philosophy. It is a beginner course and will give the reader the background needed to explore the subject further.
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By Adrian on November 9, 2012
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Saddened that it's been years since I've read a "non-work" related philosophical book, this was a nice quick return to something I enjoyed greatly.
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