A Passion for Wisdom: A Very Brief History of Philosophy

Paperback | November 15, 1998

byRobert C. Solomon, Kathleen M. Higgins

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Readers eager to acquire a basic familiarity with the history of philosophy but intimidated by the task will find in A Passion for Wisdom a lively, accessible, and highly enjoyable tour of the world's great ideas. Here, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins tell the story of philosophy'sdevelopment with great clarity and refreshing wit. The authors begin with the most ancient religious beliefs of the east and west and bring us right up to the feminist and multicultural philosophies of the present. Along the way, they highlight major philosophers, from Plato and the Buddha to William James and Simone de Beauvoir, and exploremajor categories, from metaphysics and ethics to politics and logic. The book is enlivened as well by telling anecdotes and sparkling quotations. Among many memorable observations, we're treated to Thomas Hobbes' assessment that life is "nasty, brutish, and short" and Hegel's description of Napoleonas "world history on horseback." Engaging, comprehensive, and delightfully written, A Passion for Wisdom is a splendid introduction to an intellectual tradition that reaches back over three thousand years.

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An engaging and accessible introduction to philosophy, A Passion for Wisdom tours the world’s greatest ideas. Beginning with ancient religious beliefs of the east and west and working up to the feminist and multicultural ideas of today, the book highlights major works of Plato, Buddha and Simone de Beauvoir. Packed with inspiring quota...

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Readers eager to acquire a basic familiarity with the history of philosophy but intimidated by the task will find in A Passion for Wisdom a lively, accessible, and highly enjoyable tour of the world's great ideas. Here, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins tell the story of philosophy'sdevelopment with great clarity and refreshing wit....

Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins are both Professors of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. This is their seventh book together.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 5.31 × 7.8 × 0.51 inPublished:November 15, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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An engaging and accessible introduction to philosophy, A Passion for Wisdom tours the world’s greatest ideas. Beginning with ancient religious beliefs of the east and west and working up to the feminist and multicultural ideas of today, the book highlights major works of Plato, Buddha and Simone de Beauvoir. Packed with inspiring quotations, A Passion for Wisdom is the ideal muse for any student of philosophy.

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"Solomon and Higgins have managed to keep their history clear and understandable, and the newcomer should have no difficulty tracing its development."--Library Journal