Addresses 19 major Western philosophers, from Plato to Sartre. Concise biographies introduce each philosopher, followed by overviews of the major themes, arguments, and ideas that run through each philosopher's work. Each chapter also provides in-depth summary and analysis of the philosopher's most important works, as well as sample A+ student essays.
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