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The Classical Mind (A History of Western Philosophy) 2nd Edition
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Jones states that there are two possible ways for a writer to organise a history of philosophy -- either by addressing everyone who ever participated in philosophy (which could become rather cumbersome if one accepts the premise that anyone could be a philosopher), or to address the major topics and currents of thought, drawing in the key figures who address them, but leaving out the lesser thinkers for students to pursue on their own. Jones has chosen the latter tactic, making sure to provide bibliographic information for this task.
This volume, 'The Classical mind', starts and ends in ancient Greece. Plato and Aristotle are well featured, to be sure, but the pre-Socratics and the post-Aristotilean thinkers are also discussed in great detail.Read more ›
I once had the privilege of meeting the author when my daughter was in his class at CAL-TECH (He was at Pomona College when I first became acquainted with his work.) He expressed an interest in talking with me further, and I was delighted with the idea of going back and purusing that conversation, but I let the opportunity slip away. At the time I had completed a master's in psychology and was pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology while serving as a clergyman in a parish and teaching two classes in psychology in a community college. I regret not being able to squeeze out the time to folow up on his invitation.
I have seen no other discussion of the history of Western Philosophy so worthwhile owning and reading.
As I want to end on a good note, I will first state why I did not award this volume five stars. The first reason is the price--do not make my mistake and buy this book new! If you're visiting this page and wondering whether you should buy this book, the answer is a resounding YES, but buy it used! It has all the hallmarks of a college textbook (overpriced, poor binding, and an easily-destroyed cover; the slightest scratch reveals itself like it would on the silver backing of an iPod). Second, Jones occasionally interjects his understanding of Christianity and opposes it to the philosopher he covers (such interjections are rare, but are meant to make an impression). Jones would have done better to preface his remarks on Christianity with the words, "As I understand Christianity...." His hyper-individualist interpretation of Christian salvation is not shared by all Christians (particularly those of the Catholic confession, such as myself).
Now, on to the good! One of the strengths of Jones's work is the amount of source-material he provides.Read more ›
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I believe that Sextus Empiricus commits an intellectual error in his discussion about the infinite regress of logical criterion or rules. This can be found on page 349 of the text. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joseph Annunzio
W.T. Jones did an excellent job in presenting a lucid History of Western Philosophy. We used these books during a one-year course I took in Philosophy back in the early 1970's. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Carl Swinney
well written history of western philosophy without the interjected and oft opinionated thoughts of author. will be purchasing the next three volumes.Published on September 14, 2013 by George U
Provide excellent history. Read 2 of Jones' volumns in college. Wanted to read the other in the series and really wanted to have them for my book shelf.Published on April 18, 2013 by Prinkie
A History of Western Philosophy; the Classical Mind, the Medieval Mind, Hobbes to Hume, Kant and the Nineteenth Century, the Twentieth Century to Wittgenstein and Sartre [Five... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Oxford
I bought this book as my textbook, yet I found it was really interesting and deserved the money. I enjoyed the reading very much, and it is more than a textbooks.Published on July 30, 2011 by night