The Handy Philosophy Answer Book

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Visible Ink Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Philosophy - 504 pages
Combining a basic history of philosophical thought with the often quirky personal stories of famous philosophers, this comprehensive introduction to the world of philosophy answers more than 1,000 questions, ranging from What was the Enlightenment? to Why did the Pythagorians avoid fava beans? Analyzing the collective effort of philosophers throughout history in the pursuit of truth and wisdom, the guide explores the tangible significance of philosophical thought to modern society and civilization as a whole. With a wide range of information suitable for various knowledge bases—from junior high to junior college—this is an ideal resource for anyone looking to get a better grasp of the history of thought.
 

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Contents

THE BASICS
1
ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY
11
NEOPLATONISM THROUGH THE RENAISSANCE
49
SKEPTICAL AND NATURAL PHILOSOPHY
83
EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY
119
THE ENLIGHTENMENT PERIOD
157
NINETEENTH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY
201
CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY
255
AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
295
ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY
331
NEW PHILOSOPHY
385
GLOSSARY
429
BIBLIOGRAPHY
447
INDEX
467
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Naomi Zack, Ph.D. is a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon who has also taught at the University at Albany and the State University of New York. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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