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The Blackwell companion to philosophy
Bunnin, Nicholas.
Second edition.
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Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA : Blackwell, [2003]

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xviii, 951 pages ; 25 cm.
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This fully revised and updated edition of Nicholas Bunnin and E.P. Tsui-James' popular introductory philosophy textbook brings together specially-commissioned chapters from a prestigious team of scholars writing on each of the key areas, figures and movements in philosophy.

Author Notes

Nicholas Bunnin studied at Harvard University and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is Director of the Philosophy Project at the Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford.

Eric Tsui-James lectured in Philosophy at St Hilda's College, Oxford before becoming Associated Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The editors concede that this is not so much a companion to philosophy as to late 20th-century Anglo-American analytic philosophy. People outside that tradition will find the initial essays by John Searle and Bernard Williams bumptious. The book does contain a brief but intelligent essay on Continental philosophy by David E. Cooper and an essay on feminist philosophy by Jean Grimshaw, which gives many recent French feminists their due (though it ignores Hélène Cixous). Kant, Hegel, and Marx get brief look-ins, and the ancient philosophers and the medievals get a chapter each. The early moderns-from Descartes and Hobbes to Hume-get 80 pages. This leaves 600 pages for the Anglo-American philosophers, from the pragmatists onward, of which 480 are devoted to recent analytic philosophers and their backgrounds. These essays, mostly by well-established authors, are of very high quality. A.C. Grayling on epistemology and Simon Blackburn on metaphysics are especially enlightening. Mary Tiles on the philosophy of mathematics is not only clear on a difficult subject but breaks through the philosophical parochialism of some of the other discussions. Leon Pompa's essay on the philosophy of history is an unusually good introduction to the subject. Highly recommended for academic libraries.-Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This collection of essays by recognized authorities is in four groups: Two introductions on contemporary philosophy make no bones that "^D ' philosophy ... [is that style which is] overwhelmingly represented in this volume," with only token attention paid to other styles. Another 14 deal with disciplines (epistemology to philosophy of religion), 16 with schools of thought or outstanding thinkers, ancient Greek to modern European (i.e., nonanalytical). Two supplementary essays consider applied ethics and feminism and philosophy. Each chapter has a bibliography (some listing only primary works, some secondary as well) and a list of discussion questions. Not satisfactory as a reference book, this could form the skeleton for a survey course. Many of the essays offer novel perspectives: Heidegger as fundamental ontologist disappears behind Heidegger as environmentalist; literary interpretation is discussed with no mention of Hirsch v. Gadamer; the logical positivists occasion no mention of International Encyclopedia of Unified Science, ed. by O. Neurath, R. Carnap, and C. Morris (1955- ); Hellenistic philosophy comprises Stoics and Epicureans, but not the Aristotelian commentators or the Neoplatonists. This is a far cry from such far more successful Blackwell companions as David Cooper's on aesthetics (CH, Jul'93). Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. M. Perreault University of Alabama in Huntsville

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Notes on Contributors
Contemporary Philosophy in the United StatesJohn R. Searle
Contemporary PhilosophyA Second Look and Bernard Williams
Part I Areas of Philosophy
1 EpistemologyA. C. Grayling
2 MetaphysicsSimon Blackburn, with a section on Time Robin Le Poidevin
3 Philosophy of LanguageMartin Davies
4 Philosophy of LogicA. W. Moore
5 Philosophy of MindWilliam G. Lycan
6 EthicsJohn Skorupski
7 AestheticsSebastian Gardner
8 Political and Social PhilosophyDavid Archard
9 Philosophy of ScienceDavid Papineau
10 Philosophy of BiologyElliott Sober
11 Philosophy of MathematicsMary Tiles
12 Philosophy of Social ScienceMartin Hollis
13 Philosophy of LawN. E. Simmonds
14 Philosophy of HistoryLeon Pompa
15 Philosophy of ReligionCharles Taliaferro
16 Applied EthicsJohn Haldane
17 Bioethics, Medical Ethics and GenethicsRebecca Bennett and Charles A. Erin and John Harris and S?ren Holm
18 Environmental EthicsHolmes Rolston, III
19 Business EthicsGeorges Enderle
20 Philosophy and FeminismJean Grimshaw and Miranda Fricker
21 Ethnicity, Culture and PhilosophyRobert Bernasconi
Part II History of Philosophy
22 Ancient Greek PhilosophyRobert Wardy
23 Plato and AristotleLesley Brown
24 Medieval PhilosophyJorge Gracia
25 Francis BaconStephen Gaukroger
26 Descartes and MalebrancheRichard Francks and George MacDonald Ross
27 Spinoza and LeibnizRichard Francks and George MacDonald Ross
28 HobbesTom Sorell
29 LockeR. S. Woolhouse
30 BerkeleyHoward Robinson
31 HumePeter Jones
32 KantDavid Bell
33 HegelMichael Inwood
34 MarxRichard Norman
35 Bentham, Mill and SidgwickRoss Harrison
36 PragmatismSusan Haack
37 Frege and RussellR. M. Sainsbury
38 MooreThomas Baldwin
39 WittgensteinDavid Pears
40 NietzscheDavid E. Cooper
41 Husserl and HeideggerTaylor Carmen
42 Sartre, Foucault and DerridaGary Gutting