The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0826490544
ISBN-10: 0826490549
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To come from Julian Baggini, Jeremy Stangroom, Anthony O'Hear (Director, Royal Institute of Philosophy), Ted Honderich, Tim Crane

"James Garvey's lucid, elegant and insightful book should be read by anybody who wants to know how the great books of philosophy have shaped the history of the discipline."
(Jeremy Stangroom)

"Garvey's Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books cuts through the musty mystique of such great thinkers as Plato, Descartes and Kant, and explains some of the thinking behind their great books. He suggests philosophers are fun people prone to being arrested, poisoned, exiled or ending up running for their lives just because of what they think. His discussions are fresh and appealing, and his chosen books are resonant with relevance." - South China Morning Post


"[Garvey's] distillations are master classes in concisions, clarity and accuracy. He doesn't make it all look easy, just no more difficult than it need be, which is more than can be said of many of the original authors under discussion...For prospective students and complete beginners, the book is an excellent introduction to the kind of texts they are going to have to tackle directly sooner or later....Garvey seems to understand more deeply, write better and explain more clearly than anyone else." - Julian Baggini, Times Higher Education




"Any collection strong in philosophy, especially at the introductory and high school level, should have a copy of The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books on the shelf: it covers the works of Descartes, Hobbes, Plato, Sartre and others and reviews the major points of these philosophers, surveying their works, thinking, and influence on fellow philosophers and the course of the genre as a whole. A top pick for any beginner who would build a definitive foundation of philosophy titles." - Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch
(Midwest Book Review)

"James Garvey's lucid, elegant and insightful book should be read by anybody who wants to know how the great books of philosophy have shaped the history of the discipline."
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

James Garvey is Secretary of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, UK. He is the author of The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books and The Ethics of Climate Change, also published by Continuum.


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