- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199569258
- ISBN-13: 978-0199569250
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 4.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction 1st Edition
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About the Author
Andrew Bowie is Professor of Philosophy and German at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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I would recommend this book as a good overview, perhaps as a nice preparatory reading for a German philosophy course.
There are probably one or two incorrect sentences in the book, but they do not in anyway undermine the ingenious effort of the author. To claim otherwise, in my view, would amount to a logical fallacy. What fallacy are we talking about here? The fallacy of composition? Let's see ... . Here we go class:
"One (or two sentences) sentence in this book is incorrect. Therefore, the entire book is badly written and useless"
= fallacy of composition.
The above aside, I thought this work does everything that a work of this type should do. Having read it, a novice would be able to carry out a superficial, though competent, discussion on German philosophy. Also, if one were to never read another book, the individual would have a satisfactory idea of the subject. Finally, this book serves as a well balance introduction that is capable of informing the reader whether he or she would like to read further into the subject or one of its authors. Bowie covers everything from Kant to the Marburg School to Habermas. Having had an undergraduate level knowledge of the material presented, I still took away a few helpful tidbits.
The only case I would not recommend this book is for someone certain that they would like to read more thoroughly into this subject, in which case there are a number of other books that will give more depth. One concern I have, not being a complete novice myself, is as to whether there is a deep enough explication of terminology given, so beware. In any event, this is a nice and quick read for anyone with some idea of the subject.
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