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
The text is enhanced with more than 150 illustrations and a
glossary of philosophical terms.