Contemporary Thought

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Infobase Publishing, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 160 pages
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Framing the evolution of post-Enlightenment philosophy, Contemporary Thought begins with a discussion of the British Empiricists and Kant's analysis of the capacity of reason. Biographies and examinations of the Idealists, Materialists, Utilitarians, Individualists, Analytics, Phenomenologists, and Existentialists reveal how philosophers from each of these schools of thought sought to explain the increasingly more secular and industrialized world of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. These thinkers' conclusions prove that modern-day philosophy has continued to deepen and expand human knowledge.
 

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Contents

The Utilitarians Bentham and Mill
7
The Individual Keirkegaard and Nietzsche
23
Pragmatism James and Dewey
43
Process Philosophy Bergson and Whitehead
63
Analytic Philosophy Russell Logical Positivism and Wittgenstein
81
Husserl and Heidegger
100
Existentialism Sartre de Beauvoir and Camus
117
Notes
142
Glossary
145
Bibliography
149
Further Reading
151
Picture Credits
153
Index
154
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Joan A. Price is professor emeritus in philosophy and religious studies at Mesa Community College. She taught philosophy at the undergraduate level for 35 years.

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