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The examined life : readings from Western philosophy from Plato to Kant
Rosen, Stanley, 1929-2014.
First edition.
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New York : Random House, [2000]

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xxviii, 628 pages ; 25 cm
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What did Plato contribute to the philosophy of art? What do Pascal's Pensees really say? Everyone knows the names of these philosophers, but few really understand the ideas at the core of western philosophy. In this treasury of western thought, the primary sources speak for themselves. Over 35 excerpts from important philosophers -- including Aristotle and Hume, as well as contemporary thinkers -- offer a solid introduction to philosophy for the curious reader. Leading scholars have carefully chosen the selections, which are arranged according to major discipline, including Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, and Metaphysics. These experts have contributed a provocative introductions in their areas of expertise. Unlike other philosophy collections, this book is not a history, a secondary source, or a quick reference. It stands out as an intelligent and accessible compilation of primary source material.

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Library Journal Review

This is an oddly mistitled but useful collection. While more than a third of the selections are from philosophers after Kant, at least a third of the material has nothing directly to do with the "examined life." But the collection is worthwhile because the material from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Pascal, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, and Hegel is carefully chosen and includes introductions by genuinely distinguished authors, among them Jaakko Hintikka, Gian-Carlo Rota, and William Desmond. The philosophers after Kant are worthy: Dewey, Wittgenstein, Husserl, and Adorno. There is also a splendid essay on mathematics and logic by Stephen Simpson. Oddly, however, no medieval philosopher rates inclusion, and, apart from Simpson and Paul Feyerabend, only Dewey represents American philosophy. Rosen (Metaphysics in Ordinary Language, LJ 5/15/99) is Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy at Boston University, yet Bowne, the father of American personalism, who surely made a massive contribution to the idea of the "examined life," isn't here. Mainly for philosophy students, this also makes a handy reference work for small general collections.DLeslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.