"A rich and fascinating book, covering a host of topics from the seventeenth century to the present, with the discussion ranging from general overviews to detailed discussions of particular philosophers or issues.... Comparable in its breadth and insight to Richard Rorty's Mirror of Nature
, and it deserves as wide an audience."--Journal of Philosophy
"Craig's study combines an historical survey of the development of philosophy from Descartes to the present day, an interpretation of two philosophers, Hume and Hegel, a general theory of philosophy, and a critique of the present state of the discipline.... Enormously worthwhile."--Canadian Philosophical Review
About the Author
Edward Craig is Reader in Modern Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught, and been a member of Churchill College, since 1966. He has held visiting professorships at Hamburg, Heidelberg, and Melbourne. He is the author of Knowledge and the State of Nature (Clarendon Press, 1990). He was the editor of the journal Ratio from 1988 to 1992, and is now Chief Editor of the ten-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, to be published in 1998. In 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.