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World philosophy : an exploration in words and images
Appelbaum, David.
Publication Information:
London : Vega, [2002]

Physical Description:
350 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 334-340) and index.
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B53 .W68 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In one accessible, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, scholars have gathered the major theories and key ideas of world's greatest thinkers. The presentation of material sets this reference apart from other philosophy books by providing both the historical and cultural context of the ideas being explored, and by giving visual expression to the arguments and insights themselves through the artwork of the time. Immerse yourself in both Eastern and Western philosophy, spending time with Plato on knowledge, Aquinas on ethics, Marx on religion, and Confucius on human destiny. Designed for maximum flexibility of use, all thinkers and issues are cross-referenced, enabling you to move within or across branches of philosophy and historical periods, to get either a broad overview of the whole world of philosophy, or a more detailed exploration of a particular thinker or approach.

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This one-volume introduction to philosophy functions best as a coffee-table book for philosophical novices. An assortment of freelance writers, part-time lecturers, and full-time professors of philosophy wrote the entries, which are arranged by branch of philosophy. Coverage of "world philosophy" is limited to Western and Eastern traditions; African and Latin American philosophy are not included. The book includes black-and-white and sepia photographs intended to complement and enhance the text by provoking thought and evoking emotions. The content of the images is varied and includes photographs of buildings, traffic, nature scenes, galaxies and stars, people, and works of art such as drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Their power to provoke thought is derived at least partially from their captions, which relate the image to the philosophical topic under discussion. This book may be suitable for a secondary school library, but academic libraries are better served by more comprehensive and scholarly one-volume introductions to world philosophy, such as World Philosophies, by Ninian Smart (CH, Oct'99), or A Companion to World Philosophy, ed. by E. Deutsch and R. Bontekoe (CH, Mar'98). ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers. M. Meola The College of New Jersey