Philosophy, 100 Essential Thinkers

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Enchanted Lion Books, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 218 pages
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Philosophy, 100 Essential Thinkers tells the story of philosophic thought, from the ancient Greeks to W.V.O. Quine, America's greatest living philosopher up until his death on Christmas Day, 2000. While covering all of the greats of philosophy (Plato, Socrates, Spinoza, Hobbes, Rousseau, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, de Beauvoir and Camus, to name just a few), this book also includes many who are not seen primarily as philosophers, such as Darwin, Freud, Adam Smith, William James, and Einstein. Taking up the fundamental questions asked by philosophers, such as-What does it mean to live a good life? What is justice? What can we really know?-Philosophy presents the many fascinating conclusions at which thinkers such as Marcus Aurelius, Heidegger, and Sartre have arrived. Full of thought-provoking quotations, biographical detail, and clear explanations, Philosophy is food for the intellectually curious. Who am I? Many of the fundamental questions of philosophy are questions that we begin to ask ourselves as young adults when we look at the world around us, at ourselves, and try to make sense of things. This engaging and accessible book invites the reader to explore the questions and arguments of philosophy through the work of one hundred of the greatest thinkers within the Western intellectual tradition. Covering philosophical, scientific, political and religious thought over a period of 2500 years, Philosophy will serve as an excellent guide for those interested in knowing about individual thinkers-such as Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau and Nietzsche, to name just a few-and the questions and observations that inspired them to write. By presenting individual thinkers, details of their lives and the concerns and circumstances that motivated them, this book makes philosophy come to life as a relevant and meaningful approach to thinking about the contemporary world. A lucid and engaging book full of thought-provoking quotations, as well as clear explanations and definitions, Philosophy is sure to encourage students and laymen alike to investigate further. Philosophy includes a 10-page glossary that defines 69 terms including aesthetics, concept, essence, materialism, natural law, theism and verifiability.

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On New Year's Eve there was a rave at the empty warehouse up the road. Unable to sleep because of the noise I got up and went to see what was going on. Some kids were sitting outside. They were very friendly and they liked me so they gave me a book they had found inside. 100 Essential Thinkers. I am a philosopher and I love this brilliant introduction. The pictures of the individual philosophers add humanity to the ideas and the overview allows for comparison and offers historical perspective. Thank you Philip. I regard your book as a special gift. In spite of a great deal of study what or who the gift was from is a mystery but then, maybe, that is why a book like this is so special.  


The Presocratics
The Eleatics
The Atomists
The Stoics
The Sceptics
The Scholastics
The Age of Science
The Rationalists
The Empiricists
The Liberals
The Evolutionists
The Materialists
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Philip Stokes received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Reading, where he is now on the faculty. He also received an M.A. from Bristol University.

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