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Classics of Western Philosophy 7th Edition

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The seventh edition of Steven M. Cahn's Classics of Western Philosophy adds selections from Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, Plotinus' Enneads, Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Representation, Husserl's Paris Lectures, and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. The readings from Aristotle's Physics and Metaphysics and Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit have been expanded, while selections from Hobbes' Leviathan, Mill's On Liberty, and Russell's The Problems of Philosophy have been reedited. All selections appear in expertly edited editions or preeminent translations, with introductions by a team of distinguished scholars including Sara Ahbel-Rappe, Richard Bett, Steven M. Cahn, Charles Guignon, Kathleen Higgins, Patricia Kitcher, Philip Kitcher, William E. Mann, Derk Pereboom, Ruth Anna Putnam, Israel Scheffler, David Shatz, George Sher, David Sherman, Jonathan Vogel, Meredith Williams, and Michael Williams.

PLATO Meno; Euthyphro; Apology; Crito; Phaedo [tr. Grube]; Symposium [tr. Nehamas/Woodruff]; Republic (selections) [tr. Grube/Reeve]. ARISTOTLE Categories (Chs. 1-5); On Interpretation (selections); Posterior Analytics (selections); Physics (selections); On the Soul (selections); Metaphysics (selections) [tr. Irwin/Fine]; Nicomachean Ethics (selections) [tr. Irwin]. EPICURUS Letter to Menoeceus; The Principal Doctrines [tr. Inwood/Gerson]. EPICTETUS Encheiridion [tr. White]. SEXTUS EMPIRICUS Outlines of Pyrrhonism (selections) [tr. Etheridge]. AUGUSTINE On Free Choice of the Will (selections) [tr. Williams]; Confessions (Bk. XI) [tr. Sheed]. PLOTINUS Enneads (selections) [tr. Dillon/Gerson]. BOETHIUS Consolation of Philosophy (selections) [tr. Relihan]. ANSELM Proslogion; Gaunilo's Reply; Reply to Gaunilo [tr. Williams]. MAIMONIDES The Guide of the Perplexed (selections) [tr. Rabin]. AQUINAS Summa Theologiae (selections) [tr. Pegis]. GERSONIDES The Wars of the Lord (selections) [tr. Feldman]. OCKHAM Summa Logicae (selections) [tr. Loux]. DESCARTES Meditations on First Philosophy [tr. Cress]. HOBBES Leviathan (selections). SPINOZA Ethics (Pts. I, II) [tr. Shirley]. LEIBNIZ Discourse on Metaphysics; Monadology [tr. Ariew/Garber]. LOCKE An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (selections). BERKELEY A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (Introduction, Secs. 1-33); Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous. HUME An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding; A Treatise of Human Nature (selections); Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. KANT Critique of Pure Reason (selections) [tr. Pluhar]; Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals [tr. Ellington]. HEGEL Phenomenology of Spirit (selections) [tr. Tschemplik/Stam]. SCHOPENHAUER The World as Will and Representation (selections) [tr. Payne]. KIERKEGAARD Concluding Unscientific Postscript (selections) [tr. Swenson/Lowrie]. MILL Utilitarianism; On Liberty (selections). NIETZSCHE Twilight of the Idols (selections) [tr. Polt]. PEIRCE "The Fixation of Belief"; "How to Make Our Ideas Clear." JAMES "What Pragmatism Means"; "The Will to Believe." RUSSELL The Problems of Philosophy (Chs. I-V). HUSSERL Paris Lectures (selections) [tr. Koestenbaum]. SARTRE The Humanism of Existentialism [tr. Frechtman]. WITTGENSTEIN Philosophical Investigations (selections) [tr. Anscombe]. AUSTIN Sense and Sensibilia (Chs. I-III, V). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1237 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co; 7 edition (June 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872208591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872208599
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a college student and was required to buy this book (among several) for my Intro to Philosophy class. As soon as the semester was over I did what I always do: sell the text books back to the campus book store. As I went on to other classes I began to regret selling back this book. I'm a few weeks into "Humanities in Western Tradition I, and I'm currently reading just fragments of what can be found in this book. After I get done with an assignment, I want to read further and if I had kept this book I could do that. So I'm buying it again...for the last time.
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Why buy this anthology or adopt it for your class? It is about as extensive a collection of many of the most significant works of the most significant Western philosophers. Included are selections from Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, Sextus Empiricus, Augustine, Plotinus, Boethius, Anselm. Maimonides, Aquinas, Gersonides, Ockham, Descrates, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Mill, Nietzsche, Peirce, James, Russell, Husserl, Sartre, Wittgenstein, and J.L. Austin. Moreover, the selections from these philosophers are not short snippets, but significant chunks of their various works. The Seventh Edition contains 1,238 pages of mostly two-column, fairly small print copy. I'm not aware of an anthology that has more content than has the one that Steven Cahn has compiled.

Plus, the price is right. With many college texts selling in the $100 to $150 price range, finding one that retails for well under $50 (according to the current Amazon listing) makes it a steal. And, unlike some anthologies, where each new edition represents a radical revision to previous editions (done primarily so that students have to buy the newest edition, which means more sales and more profits for the publishers), the changes from one edition to the next are such as to permit the use of a previous edition by the student.

So, why not give this book five stars? Or, to put this differently, "Why you shouldn't adopt this anthology for your class." If the class is an upper-division course in the history of philosophy, this anthology makes sense as a primary-source supplement.
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Not a big fan of Philosophy but this was a requirement for my class. I actually liked the book and was definitely a lot easier to understand than other philosophy books that I have had to read.
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I bought this after being lied to by Barnes and Noble. I am very happy with this purchase, it arrived on time as promised and since it was a used book, it's condition was described very well.
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im not really sure what to say about books. i needed this one for school, it arrived as described, so i guess i have no complaints.
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I got the paperback. The print is small and pages are thin. It's hard to read. Wish I had gotten the hardcover.
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I got this for my Philosophy class, but it is such a good read I am keeping in. Normally I would resell.
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I needed this book for school. It arrived as advertised.
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