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The Great Philosophers: The Lives and Ideas of History's Greatest Thinkers [Hardcover]

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.47" Width: 7.4" Height: 1.18"
Weight:   2.34 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2008
Publisher   Quercus
ISBN  1847240186  
EAN  9781847240187  

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"The Great Philosophers" presents lively and informative biographical portraits of 50 of the most important names in the history of human thought. Each chapter charts the personal life and intellectual breakthroughs of one essential philosopher and, crucially, focuses on a straightforward explanation of their grand idea. Accompanied by a famous image of the philosopher, everyday examples of how his or her ideas are relevant today and memorable quotations from their key works, this is the perfect introduction to the world of philosophy."The Great Philosophers" explains the ideas of the following key thinkers:Buddha; Confucius; Parmenides; Zeno; Socrates; Plato; Aristotle; Augustine; Anselm Ibn Rushd; Thomas Aquinas; William of Ockham; Machiavelli; Bacon Hobbes; Descartes; Pascal Locke; Spinoza; Leibniz Berkeley; Hume Rousseau; Kant Bentham; Hegel Schopenhauer; J S Mill; Kierkegaard; Marx Peirce; James Nietzsche; Frege Husserl; Russell; Moore; Wittgenstein; Heidegger; Ryle; Popper; Sartre; Arendtde Beauvoir; Quine; Ayer; Strawson; Thomson; and Kripke Singer.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen Law is a lecturer in philosphy at the University of London, was formerly Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen's College, Oxford and received his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Stephen Law was born in 1969 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London.

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A little bit is sometimes not really enough   Mar 11, 2008
There are books which take a small part of a very large reality and represent it in a good and fair way. And there are other books like this one which take very complex realities and use a small sample of the reality in question to show how unfair such a method can be. I will take one example from this book. There is a chapter here on the political philosopher Hannah Arendt. Hannah Arendt is most well known for her work on the origins of Totalitarianism. But her most comprehensive philosophical effort is her work 'The Human Condition'. What this book does take what is arguably Arendt's least philosophical work her coverage of the Eichmann trial and make that stand for her work as a whole. It is simply bad judgment.
There are other problems with the work as a whole. The small biographical sketches appended are truly too small to really give a fair idea of the life of the philosopher involved.
If one is looking for quick understandings of the work of great philosophers I believe one is essentially contradicting what the philosophical enterprise is all about.
OK, but..  Feb 22, 2008
I bought this book for a breif overview of philosophy, and it's good for that. A page or two on each. But the omission of Epicurus is simply unforgivable! I'm afaid I must grade F.

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