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Philosophic Classics, Volume I: Ancient Philosophy (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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"Students with little or no background in philosophy would likely find it difficult–if not impossible–to comprehend the works of many of the philosophers addressed in [each] volume on their own. However, this text's informative introductions and careful selection of readings make it possible for students to get a foothold in their primary texts....[S]tudents are afforded the opportunity to engage with the works of these illustrious but often inscrutable thinkers." – Jennifer McMahon, Centre College



"This collection is by far the best I have seen in this area....And I certainly prefer having all of my material together in one text rather than having students purchase half a dozen books, which then still require supplementation. I cannot imagine a better format or selection of materials that would tempt me away from this collection for another." – Ted Toadvine, Emporia State University

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Esteemed for providing the best available translations, Philosophic Classics: Modern Philosophy, features complete works or complete sections of the most important works by the major thinkers, as well as shorter samples from transitional thinkers.

 

First published in 1961, Forrest E. Baird's revision ofPhilosophic Classics,Pearson Education's long-standing anthology (available in split volumes), continues the tradition of providing generations of students with high quality course material. Using the complete works, or where appropriate, complete sections of works, this anthology allows philosophers to speak directly to students.  

 

For more information on the main combined anthology, or the additional period volumes, please see below:

 

Philosophic Classics: From Plato to Derrida, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783864

Philosophic Classics, Volume I: Ancient Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783856

Philosophic Classics, Volume II: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783902

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (April 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132413175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132413176
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I don't usually like anthologies and rarely teach from them -- I tend to prefer a primary text approach, partly because it allows students to see the development of ideas in their full context and because I expect philosophy students to be interested in developing their personal library of philosophy. This volume, however, is an exception and I've been using this volume for several years (and three separate editions) to teach my "History of Philosophy: 17th and 18th Century." Since I try to cover quite a bit in the course (empiricism, rationalism, social contract theory, transcendental philosophy -- in the works of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Pascal, Berkeley, Hume, Spinoza, Leibniz, and Kant), but don't have the time to read everything by every thinker, this volume is almost perfect. It has almost everything I cover and includes both good brief introductions and fairly broad excerpts from each thinker. There is enough, at least, to illustrate the general approach and broad themes and key issues from most every thinker it includes. I've looked at a few other anthologies of Modern philosophy and they are usually either too specific (e.g. focused on 17th but not 18th century philosophy) or too broad and narrow in their coverage. This one is just right, and would be an excellent volume to get for an orientation to the basic problems of modern philosophy that sets the stage for both 19th Century continental thinkers like Hegel and Schopenhauer and Marx and Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, as well as for 20th century developments in both analytic (that picks up from Hume and to a lesser degree Kant and largely bypasses the German Idealist movement) as well as continental philosophy (in Heidegger, Sartre, etc.).Read more ›
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Volume 1 of the "Philosophical Classics" series, edited by Forrest E. Baird, provides an adequate range of primary-source writings from the standard ancient philosophers. Starting with the pre-Socratics (including Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Anaxagoras, Gorgias, and others, the anthology moves on to Socrates/Plato and Aristotle. (Significant selections from a number of Plato's dialogues are included.) Later Greek and Roman philosophers, such as Epicurus, Zeno of Citium, Epictetus, Leucretius, Marcus Aurelius, Sextus Empiricus, and Plotinus are also included, but are given less space than Plato or Aristotle.

While the volume contains an adequate number of representative selections from the ancient world for use in a course in Ancient Philosophy, there is far less by way of editorial introduction than would be ideal to guide the reader through these selections. In general, there is a very brief introduction to the thought of each philosopher whose writings are anthologized, followed by the writings themselves without further editorial comment. For example, the Republic of Plato, from which there is an extensive selection running some 70 pages, is discussed very briefly and superficially in two paragraphs in the editorial introduction to Plato's thought as a whole. This is certainly inadequate to prepare the student for what to look for as he or she reads through the Republic.
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This anthology is an expensive attempt to clone Hackett's Modern Philosophy, edited by Ariew and Watkins. The Hackett reader is almost half the price of this one and includes far better translations.
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The fourth edition claims to have these advantages: it includes (1) a selection from Rousseau (2) additional material from Locke's Essay and (3) a new translation of the Meditations.
(2) consists of a short chapter on faith and reason. In exchange, we've lost II.11, on abstraction. Since there's little material from Book III, and nothing from III.vi, it's very hard for the reader to make sense of Berkeley's extended attack on abstract ideas in the introduction to the Principles.
Re. (3): Inexplicably, the editor has decided to replace John Cottingham's standard 1986 translation of the Meditations with a `new' translation by Laurence Lafleur, first published in 1951. Perhaps the editor had no choice, but it seems disingenuous to present this as an improvement.
Moreover, the third edition included a crucial selection from Kant's first Critique (the transcendental deduction); this has been deleted.
This is a big step down from the third edition.
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This is a good and comprehensive book if you are taking any 17th and 18th century philosophy courses. There are helpful intorductions beore each philosopher which give a bit of background on them as well as briefly summarize their main theories.
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This book was required by my philosophy teacher. It is bland dull, and boring. Way to much in depth information for a beginning level philosophy book. There is very little information about the people in the book and the overview that is present in the book is generic and is lacking major detail. Basically, this book goes in depth at the wrong point, and only gives an overview when it should go in depth.
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This book came in great condition and when I hoped it would. For some nutty reason it got sent to my parents' house (awkward) but even with that it got to me when I needed it for one of my classes. A little pricey however most likely better than college bookstore pricing so I cannot complain.
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