One Hundred Philosophers: The Life and Work of the World's Greatest Thinkers

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Barron's Educational Series, 2004 - Philosophy - 192 pages
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For some of the world�s great thinkers, including Aristotle, Aquinas, and Hegel, philosophy is a vast system of fixed, capital-T Truth for humankind to discover, explore and comprehend. For others, even among those with philosophies as diverse as William James and Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosophy is simply a tool, or a process for ascertaining individual factual truths specific to a given time and place. It is often said that if you ask any ten philosophers to define their subject, you�re likely to get ten different answers. Here, presented for non-specialist readers, is an easy-to-understand survey of ideas put forth by 100 important philosophers, from the pre-Socratics of ancient Greece to the analytic philosophers of the present day. Each thinker is summarized in a single illustrated page, or in many instances, in a two-page spread. Each entry includes the philosopher�s birth and death dates, titles of major works, major influences, a capsule biographical sketch, and a brief summary of his or her most important ideas. In addition to philosophers in our own Western tradition, readers will find Chinese sages, including Confucius and Lao-tzu, the Indian Buddhist philosopher Ngrjuna, and thinkers representing other cultures. Just a few of the 100 important thinkers represented in this book are:
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Augustine of Hippo
  • Roger Bacon
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • John Locke
  • Rene Descartes
  • Baruch Spinoza
  • Immanuel Kant
  • G.W.F. Hegel
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • William James
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Martin Heidegger
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Alfred Jules Ayer
  • Willard V.O. Quine
  • Thomas Kuhn
  • Donald Davidson
  • and many others
The text is enhanced with more than 250 illustrations and a glossary of philosophical terms.

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This book profiles 100 philosophers and their central ideas and concepts from day one to the present. Reading philosophy is an undertaking that is not for everyone but being familiar with the basic ... Read full review


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