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World Philosophies: A Historical Introduction Paperback – September 10, 2002
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‘By opening the door to cross-cultural comparison, Cooper has let in a draught that may blow away the whole house of cards, and uncover the parts of philosophy that the histories never reached.' Jonathan Rée, Times Higher Education Supplement
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Now let me first say this, because Amazon reviewers sometimes give bad reviews to things based on nonsense (like giving a CS text one star because "they didn't like it" and don't even read or understand fundamental CS basics). This is a book on PHI-LO-SO-PHY, so if you're not into philosophy, logic, that kind of thing, it's not the book for you. And you don't even have to "be into" philosophy to enjoy it.
The second edition of "World Philosophies: An Historical Introduction" (I know you're supposed to underline book titles, but Amazon doesn't let you. Sorry.) covers your more academic philosophies like Confucianism, skepticism, existentialism, etc., but does an excellent job in shining light on the schools and overall educating the reader. The author also wrote the book in chronological historical order, beginning with earlier Indian and Asian philosophies, and ending with modern Western philosophies from the twentieth century.
I was also very impressed with the author's coverage of Stoicism in Chapter 4 (Ancient Greek philosophies). Although the coverage is minimal, I think it will definitely prime the mind of attuned readers to find out more about the Stoics, primarily through excellent books like the "Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters" by Seneca himself. Stoicism is a very intesting but oft-overlooked school of thought considering the usual coverage that other ancient Greek philosophies get.Read more ›
"My greatest debt, however, is to Robert L. Arrington and Anthony O'Hear, both of whom...devoured `the whole damn thing'. Anthony O'Hear is a serious Popper scholar and the author of the first book devoted to Popper's work (1980), so any references to Popper in this book should be especially informative and accurate. In view of the "turns" that Popper introduced, the reader approaches the chapter on Twentieth-century Western Philosophies with great expectations.
The chapter begins with "Philosophies of life" (12 pages) treating the vitalism of Bergson, the process philosophy of Whitehead and some reactions to science and technology by Dilthey and Spengler. Then "Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Existentialism" (14 pages) with Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre and Gadamer. Next is "Logical Atomist and Logical Positivism"(16 pages) covering Russell, Wittgenstein of The Tractatus, Logical Positivism and then Philosophy, Ethics and Religion treated in the light of positivism. The final two sections are "Naturalisms" (17 pages) and "Postmodernism" (14 pages).
Logical Positivism took the story up to the war and the author noted that after the war it became much harder to identify dominant movements due to the collapse of positivism and the huge increase in the amount of work in progress. He reported that his 1993 Directory of American Philosophers listed some 11,000 teachers, 150 societies and 140 journals.Read more ›