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The Classics of Western Philosophy: A Reader's Guide Paperback – March 7, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0631236115 ISBN-10: 0631236112 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 634 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631236112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631236115
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This volume provides a strong statement of the continuing case that the classics of Western thought ought to be read and reflected upon as a component of the well-examined life. It also expands what counts as a classic, bringing the list up through to the 1960s, thus providing a thoughtful, pointed, and, above all, useful window into the development of Western thought over its whole history.’ James Turner Johnson, Rutgers University

‘This impressive collection of essays – many by some of the best-known philosophers writing today – provides a unique and first-rate introduction to Western philosophy from the time of the Pre-Socratics to the second half of the twentieth century. All the essays are clearly written, highly informative, and generous in their suggestions for further reading.Brian Davies, Fordham University

Book Description

The Classics of Western Philosophy brings together 61 newly-commissioned essays on classic texts ranging from Ancient Greece to the twentieth century. Surveying the history of philosophy, the book focuses on historical texts rather than historical figures and covers the entire range of classics in a single volume.Accessible to a general readership, the contributions provide lively and well-substantiated expositions of the main arguments of each classic work, and highlight the significance of the work for the broader philosophical tradition. Each essay includes current references to a select bibliography of major articles and books. Engaging and authoritative, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the great works of Western philosophy.

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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Symkowick-Rose on October 22, 2009
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I've been searching for a text for my Philosophy club (a.k.a. a club of middle aged men who are looking for an excuse to drink beer and have good convesations) for quite some time and I ordered this book hoping that the authors would have included more source material within their descriptions of each philosopher's ideas. I was sorely disappointed. Each author give his (the vast majority of the authors are men) own take on the views of each philopher with very few direct quotes from the original source material. It amazes me how many philosophy texts are books about what philosophers wrote rather than providing the original material along with some commentary and explanation--as literature anthologies do. It is almost as if these uber-educated men think that the source material is too difficult for average people to engage. Instead of reading their ideas of what these philosophers said, I'd like to see a text that lets us come to our own conclusions.
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