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Philosophy: History and Problems [Paperback]

Samuel Enoch Stumpf , James Fieser
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August 3, 2007 0072987820 978-0072987829 7
This text brings together Stumpf's and Fieser's Socrates to Sartre and Beyond with an updated anthology of readings in one volume. It offers an accessible historical survey of philosophical ideas and a wealth of primary source readings at an excellent value. The text is a comprehensive, historically organized introduction to philosophy, which communicates the richness of the discipline and provides the student with a working knowledge of the development of Western philosophy. With a lively and approachable style it covers the principal contributions of Western civilization's most influential philosophers. The topically organized reader features a chronological organization within the topics and a wide selection of readings. Primarily a selection of Western philosophy, the fifth edition also includes classic Eastern philosophy texts.

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About the Author

Samuel Enoch Stumpf was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Emeritus Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University prior to his death in 1998, at the age of eighty. He earned a B.S. in Business and Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles, a B.D. in Theology from Andover Newton Theological School, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1948 and served as Chair of the Philosophy Department from 1952 to 1967. After a five-year term as President of Cornell College, Professor Stumpf returned to Vanderbilt, where he remained until his retirement in 1984. Professor Stumpf’s publications include Democratic Manifesto (1954), Morality and the Law (1966), and four McGraw-Hill textbooks: Socrates to Sartre: A History of Philosophy (1966; 6th ed., posthumous, 1999); Philosophical Readings: Selected Problems (1971; 4th ed., 1994); Philosophy: History and Problems (1971; 5th ed., 1994); and Elements of Philosophy: An Introduction (1979; 3rd ed., 1993).

James Fieser is an Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University’s Department of Philosophy (1983, 1986). He has published articles on the topics of the philosophy of religion, rights theory, environmental ethics, moral skepticism, David Hume, and Thomas Aquinas. He has created several World Wide Web sites in philosophy, including the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 7 edition (August 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072987820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072987829
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Examined Life starts here... January 20, 2005
Format:Hardcover
This philosophy book by Stumpf and Fieser is used at Ivy Tech State College as the primary text for the introduction to philosophy courses (100 level). It is a good survey of all the major topics in philosophy (from a classical Western standpoint), and includes many of the major thinkers over time, both in the narrative discussion presented by the authors, as well as in primary source readings from major philosophers themselves.

As the book's self-description states, this is a combination of two previous texts - 'Socrates to Sartre and Beyond: A History of Philosphy' by Stumpf, and 'Philosophical Problems' by Fieser. These books are presented one after the other, both under one cover. The readings selected and edited by Fieser are grouped topically, generally following an early-to-late chronology of ordering. Thus, with judicious planning, the reader of philosophy can develop from both segments a good general survey from the earliest times (the timeline on the backplate begins with Thales, from 624-546 B.C.) to the present (again from the timeline, current thinkers listed include John Rawls, John Hick, and Carol Gilligan).

The Stumpf text is divided into five major sections: I - Ancient Greek Philosophy; II - Hellenistic and Medieval Philosophy; III - Early Modern Philosophy; IV - Late Modern and 19th Century Philosophy; and V - 20th Century and Contemporary Philosophy. Section I looks at the major ancient Greek thinkers, such as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, as well as lesser-known important figures and schools such as Thales, Pythagoras, the Sophists, and more. This is the time that philosophy began to be broken into certain topical areas (ethics, politics, metaphysics, logic, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy History and Problems February 13, 2009
Format:Hardcover
For someone who loves history, this book of philosophy is presented in historical form. Mentions Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. Moves onto the Medieval period and St. Augustive's Christian Philosophy. Other subjects cover Karl Marx, ethics, religion, political philosophy, and theory of knowledge and metaphysics. Provides many, many examples of philosophical beliefs. Good book to use as research for a student of philosophy or anyone seeking to improve their knowledge and understanding of human nature. Contains 353 pages.
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He does a good job explaining the material. The only downside, is that he pretends like his views on the topic are correct. I want history from the recorded documents, not his (Stumpf's) story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Please note the eBook is not exactly like the paper back September 18, 2013
By ldj
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The eBook published in 2013 is not like the paper back published in 2011!!!!
This is not bad it just means that the two books combined to create this book is literally 1 book now. All that means is instead of the pages starting over in the middle of the book the pages are continuous. Thus, the reading part of the book is incorporated into the History part making the eBook less that half the size of the paper back/hardcover published in 2011.
Its just good to know before you buy :-) Wish I had known...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of a Lifetime May 2, 2013
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A valuable material for the history of Philosophy. Easy to understand by the readers, but the treatment of the topic is so broad and comprehensive.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 8, 2011
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Book is great makes philosophy a little easier to digest. I need the book for a philosophy class that i took.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Kindle version. November 23, 2013
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The Kindle version is defective. The second section, Readings, is missing. I contacted Amazon but they failed to take responsibility saying that it was the publisher's fault.

A previous reviewer stated that the reading have been incorporated into the History section. This is incorrect. The quotations in the History section are not from the Readings section. The Readings are much fuller. I know because I have the printed version. He is right however, when he says that the Kindle version is only half as long as the print version. It's because it's missing the second book!

Of course, I'd like to use my printed version but it's packed in a box half way around the world so I have grudgingly kept my half-full/half-empty copy (you choose which - or neither - it is a philosophy book after all).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy: History and Readings
Just exactly what I needed to get by for my class!!! What else can I say about a used book?
Published 9 months ago by Average Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Why was this assigned!!
Is this a test? Is this book a gate keeper to the cool side of Philosophy? it is so horrible and hard to read that I feel it must have been written as a door keeper, so that only... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carl Colmenares
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the book looks grate, in amazing condition, really needed it for intro to Philosophy class for this summer. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by ty
5.0 out of 5 stars Princess
I ordered this book on line because I could not find it in the local bookstores. However, by the time I got the book I had started class with no book.
Published on March 24, 2012 by princess
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad with limited exposure
I have not started my classes but, from the first couple of segments it seems to be an easy read. There seems to be very well written and informative. Read more
Published on August 21, 2009 by Stefanie Brashear
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Although I still have yet to recieve my book, I'd like to take this chance to "take back" my bad review on Kristyna. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by Rene Fortson
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy: History and Problems
This book was an excellent purchase. It was exactly as described and arrived promptly. I would definitly do further business with seller in the future.
Published on October 13, 2008 by Maureen J. Myrtil
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