A Short History of Philosophy

Paperback | November 1, 1995

byRobert C. Solomon, Kathleen M. Higgins

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In this accessible and comprehensive work, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins cover the entire history of philosophy--ancient, medieval, and modern, from cultures both East and West--in its broader historical and cultural contexts. Major philosophers and movements are discussed along withless well-known but interesting figures. The authors examine the early Greek, Indic, and Chinese philosophers and the mythological traditions that preceded them, as well as the great religious philosophies, including Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Taoism. Easily understandable to studentswithout specialized knowledge of philosophy, A Short History of Philosophy demonstrates the relevance of philosophy to our times, illuminating the impact of the revolutions wrought by science, industry, colonialism, and sectarian warfare; the two world wars and the Holocaust; and the responses ofphilosophy in the schools of existentialism, postmodernism, feminism, and multiculturalism. In addition, the authors provide their own twists and interpretations of events, resulting in a broad view of the nature of philosophy as an intellectual discipline and its sometimes odd and dramaticconsequences.

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In this accessible and comprehensive work, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins cover the entire history of philosophy--ancient, medieval, and modern, from cultures both East and West--in its broader historical and cultural contexts.

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In this accessible and comprehensive work, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins cover the entire history of philosophy--ancient, medieval, and modern, from cultures both East and West--in its broader historical and cultural contexts. Major philosophers and movements are discussed along withless well-known but interesting figures. The au...

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In this accessible and comprehensive work, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins cover the entire history of philosophy--ancient, medieval, and modern, from cultures both East and West--in its broader historical and cultural contexts.

Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins are both at University of Texas, Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.18 × 9.25 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Biographical ChronologyI. The Search for World Order: Ancient PhilosophyThe "Axial Period" and the Origins of PhilosophyThe "Miracle" of GreecePhilosophy, Myth, Religion, and ScienceMeaning and Creation: Cosmogony and the Origins of PhilosophyVedas and Vedanta: Early Philosophy in IndiaThe First (Greek) PhilosopherThe Pre-Socratic Philosophers (I): The Stuff of the WorldThe Pre-Socratic Philosophers (II): The Underlying OrderThe Pre-Socratic Philosophers (III): The PluralistsEnter the SophistsSocratesPlato: Metaphysician or Sublime Humorist?The Philosopher's Philosopher: AristotleA Footnote to Plato (and Aristotle)Tough Times: Stoicism, Skepticism, and EpicureanismMysticism and Logic in Ancient India: Nagarjuna and NyayaII. God and the Philosophers: Religious and Medieval PhilosophyReligion and Spirituality: Three Philosophical ThemesThe Wisdom of the East (I): Hinduism, Jainism, BuddhismThe Wisdom of the East (II): Confucius and ConfucianismThe Wisdom of the East (III): Lao-tzu, Chuang-tzu, and TaoismDeep in the Heart of Persia: ZoroastrianismFrom Athens to Jerusalem: Judaism, Christianity, and IslamThe Hebrew People and the Origins of JudaismGreek Jew: Philo of AlexandriaThe Birth of ChristianityThe Opening of Christianity: St. PaulNeoplatonism and ChristianitySt. Augustine and the Inner Life of SpiritThe First Great Split Within ChristianityThe Rise of IslamMysticismPersia and the Peripatetic TraditionDiaspora, Dialectic, and Mysticism in JudaismThinking God: Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, and ScholasticismLate Scholasticism: Duns Scotus and William of OckhamIn Search of Essences: The AlchemistsPhilosophical Syntheses Outside the WestThe Reformation: Luther and His ProgenyThe Counter-Reformation, Erasmus, and MoreAfter Aristotle: Bacon, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and the RenaissanceBefore the "Discovery": Africa and the AmericasIII. Between Science and Religion: Modern Philosophy and the EnlightenmentScience, Religion, and the Meaning of ModernismMontaigne: The First Modern Philosopher?Descartes and the New ScienceSpinoza, Leibniz, Pascal, and NewtonThe Enlightenment, Colonialism, and the Eclipse of the OrientLocke, Hume, and EmpiricismAdam Smith, the Moral Sentiments, and the Protestant EthicVoltaire, Rousseau, and RevolutionImmanuel Kant: Saving ScienceKant's Moral Philosophy and the Third CritiqueThe Discovery of History: HegelPhilosophy and Poetry: Rationalism and RomanticismRomantic West Meets East: SchopenhauerAfter Hegel: Kierkegaard, Feuerbach, and MarxMill, Darwin, and Nietzsche: Consumerism, Energy, and EvolutionEarly Philosophy in AmericaIV. From Modernism to Postmodernism: The Twentieth CenturyThe Rejection of Idealism: A Century of HorrorsFrege, Russell, and Husserl: Arithmetic, Atomism, PhenomenologyZarathustra in the Trenches: The Limits of RationalityThe American Experience in Philosophy: PragmatismChanging Reality: Philosophies of ProcessUnamuno, Croce, and Heidegger: The Tragic Sense of LifeHitler, the Holocaust, Positivism, and ExistentialismNo Exit: The Existentialism of Camus, Sarte, and BeauvoirFrom Ideal to Ordinary Language: From Cambridge to OxfordWomen and Gender: The Feminization of PhilosophyThe Return of the Oppressed: Africa, Asia, and the AmericasFrom Postmodernism to the New AgeWorld Philosophy: Promise or PretenseNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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In this accessible and comprehensive work, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins cover the entire history of philosophy--ancient, medieval, and modern, from cultures both East and West--in its broader historical and cultural contexts.

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"An audacious, incisive, and engaging history that breaks new ground in conveying so succinctly the extraordinary scope and depth of philosophical inquiries throughout the world. In so doing, it offers a welcome antidote to the many efforts to routinize, isolate, and constrict the study ofphilosophy or to dismiss it as outdated or irrelevant. Never dull, this volume will challenge, surprise, sometimes provoke readers and, throughout, invite them to argue, to try out new perspectives, to go back to the original sources, and thus to become more active participants in perennialphilosophical debates that remain as indispensable as ever."--Dr. Sissela Bok, Distinguished Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, author of Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life and Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation