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The great philosophers : an introduction to Western philosophy
Magee, Bryan.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1987]

Physical Description:
352 pages : portraits ; 20 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
1. Plato --2. Aristotle --3. Medieval Philosophy --4. Descartes --5. Spinoza and Leibniz --6. Locke and Berkeley --7. Hume 8. Kant --9. Hegel and Marx. --10. Schopenhauer --11. Nietzsche --12. Husserl, Heidegger and modern existentialism --13. The American pragmatists --14. Frege, Russell and modern logic --15. Wittgenstein.

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B72 .M34 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
B72 .M34 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Western philosophy remains one of the greatest glories of world civilization, yet surprisingly few people have any real knowledge of it. Based on fifteen dialogues between Bryan Magee and some of today's internationally-known scholars and philosophers, The Great Philosophers presents an accessible, intellectually stimulating history of philosophy from Plato to the present day.
Beginning with the death of Socrates in 399 B.C. and the subsequent writings of Plato--the first Western philosopher whose works have survived--they carry the story through the work of Aristotle and the medieval philosophers; the writings of Descartes and other seventeenth-century philosophers including Spinoza, Leibniz, and Locke; the work of Berkeley and the eighteenth-century thinkers, Hume and Kant; the theories of the nineteenth-century encompassed in the writings of Hegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche; to the twentieth-century ideas included in the works of Husserl, Heidegger and the modern existentialists, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, and the American pragmatists. The contributors include such influential figures as Martha Nussbaum, Bernard Williams, Anthony Quinton, Michael Ayers, Geoffrey Warnock, Peter Singer, Hubert Dreyfus, Sidney Morgenbesser, and John Searle, all who offer lively and clear discussions of difficult philosophical concepts. The Great Philosophers provides an absorbing introduction to the concepts of Western philosophy and to its greatest thinkers.

Author Notes

Bryan Magee has had a distinguished career as a university professor, music and theater critic, member of Parliament, and author. He is well known for two popular BBC television series on philosophy. Among his internationally acclaimed books are The Story of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Schopenhauer, and Aspects of Wagner. He lives in London.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Magee has taught philosophy at Oxford, and in each of these volumes he attempts to make philosophy understandable to the lay reader. The DK book devotes just a few pages to each of the major thinkers and is lavishly illustrated. It would be suitable for high school, college, and public libraries. Great Philosophers is a series of conversations with important contemporary philosophers about the major historical figures, originally produced for the BBC. Confessions is an autobiographical excursion through Western philosophy. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.