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Philosophic Classics: From Plato to Derrida (5th Edition) Paperback – April 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0131585911 ISBN-10: 0131585916 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (April 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131585916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131585911
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Students with little or no background in philosophy would likely find it difficult—if not impossible—to comprehend the works of many of the philosophers addressed in [each] volume on their own. However, this text's informative introductions and careful selection of readings make it possible for students to get a foothold in their primary texts....[S]tudents are afforded the opportunity to engage with the works of these illustrious but often inscrutable thinkers." — Jennifer McMahon, Centre College


"This collection is by far the best I have seen in this area....And I certainly prefer having all of my material together in one text rather than having students purchase half a dozen books, which then still require supplementation. I cannot imagine a better format or selection of materials that would tempt me away from this collection for another." — Ted Toadvine, Emporia State University

From the Back Cover

Esteemed for providing the best available translations, Philosophic Classics: From Plato to Derrida, features complete works or complete sections of the most important works by the major thinkers, as well as shorter samples from transitional thinkers.

 

First published in 1961, Forrest E. Baird's revision ofPhilosophic Classics,Pearson Education's long-standing anthology (available in split volumes), continues the tradition of providing generations of students with high quality course material. Using the complete works, or where appropriate, complete sections of works, this anthology allows philosophers to speak directly to students.  

 

For more information on the period volumes that are available please see below:

 

Philosophicl Classics, Volume I: Ancient Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783856

Philosophicl Classics, Volume II: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783902

Philosophicl Classics, Volume III: Modern Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783899

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An excellent resource, a book shelf keeper.
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Great study of major philosophies that have impacted our western culture.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By W. Jamison VINE VOICE on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you teach Introduction to Philosophy using a historical approach, this is the text I recommend. I used "The Philosophic Classics 2nd edition, From Plato to Nietzsche" for my classes and was looking for a text with the same basic works with some more contemporary materials. I find the updated 3rd edition, "From Plato to Derrida" the perfect solution. Instead of having to look through more textbooks for the right stuff, this is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 5, 2013
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"From Plato to Derrida" provides portions of a significant number of the writings of the major philosophers past and present in one large volume. While one might quibble here and there with why a particular philosopher is represented and another is not, or why a certain portion of a philosophical work is included at the expense of another section of that same work, for the most part the truly crucial texts in the history of philosophy are found in this volume. In addition, the editor provides a helpful introduction to the writings of each philosopher whose works have been anthologized. As such, it would be an excellent primary-source text for a history of philosophy class. I would not recommend it for the typical introduction to philosophy class, since many of the selections require some prior familiarity with the issues of philosophy to really understand adequately.

Some will also regard the fact that the editor has chosen to present various "selections" from longer works as a drawback, since this procedure inevitably leaves out certain arguments that may be crucial to understanding the philosopher's overall thesis. However, it is hard to see how this can be avoided in an anthology of this sort.

All in all, I would recommend "From Plato to Derrida" as a pretty good anthology at a relatively affordable price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Smith on February 13, 2009
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Another master piece for your books shelf. This work is more in depth and delves into snippets of the various authors' works. We are assigned this book in a class for MTh. An excellent resource, a book shelf keeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E.Hess. on February 24, 2006
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Great study of major philosophies that have impacted our western culture. Very enjoyable and easy reading, yet stimulating and intellectual...Loved the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 30, 2014
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This one-volume anthology edited by Forrest Baird is an abridgment of the five-volume Philosophic Classics series by the same editor. While this volume does not contain writings from all the philosophers in the five-volume series, it contains the significant writings of the central figures in the history of philosophy. Included (among others) are writings by Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Plotinus, Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Maimonides, Aquinas, Ockham, Descartes, Hobbes, Pascal, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Mill, Kierkegaard, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Russell, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Ayer, Sartre, and Derrida. In addition to leaving out some of the more minor philosophers anthologized in the five-volume series, this one-volume anthology has somewhat more abbreviated selections from the major philosophers. Even so, there are some fairly significant chunks of material from the major works of the above-mentioned philosophers.

This would be a good anthology for an upper-division history of philosophy course. There's enough material here even for a two-semester history of philosophy sequence.
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By Clare Namugerwa on December 19, 2013
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This book was very helpful during study of all the great philosophers in class and also described their works vividly.
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