Great Philosophers

by Stephen Law

October 1, 2007 | Hardcover

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Spanning over 2500 years of humanity’s quest for understanding, “The Great Philosophers” explores the fundamental ideas that have changed our view of the world. Interesting biographical portraits, intellectual breakthroughs and a focused explanation of the grand ideas of 50 of the most influential minds ranging from Buddha, Plato Kierkegaard, Sartre and Nietzsche. Highly accessible and thought provoking it is the perfect introduction to philosophy.

Format: Hardcover

Published: October 1, 2007

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1847240186

ISBN - 13: 9781847240187

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Great Philosophers

Great Philosophers

by Stephen Law

Format: Hardcover

Published: October 1, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1847240186

ISBN - 13: 9781847240187

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Spanning over 2500 years of humanity’s quest for understanding, “The Great Philosophers” explores the fundamental ideas that have changed our view of the world. Interesting biographical portraits, intellectual breakthroughs and a focused explanation of the grand ideas of 50 of the most influential minds ranging from Buddha, Plato Kierkegaard, Sartre and Nietzsche. Highly accessible and thought provoking it is the perfect introduction to philosophy.

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Spanning over 2500 years of humanity's quest for understanding, The Great Philosophers explores the fundamental ideas that have changed our view of the world. Mocing from the Buddha, Confucius and the celebrated thinkers of ancient Greece to latter-day geniuses such as Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Sartre, Stephen Law condenses and decipers the key thoughts of 50 of history's greatest minds.

Whether illuminating Socrate's methods and Machiabelli's lessons on how to rule, or clarifying the aims behind Descarte's famous 'I think, therefore I am' and Kant's 'moral law within', the emphasis is on clear and concise explanation. Avoiding the technical jargon and complex logic associated with most books on philosophy, here are straightforward descriptions of Plato and Locke on reality, Augustine and Sartre on freedom, Hobbes and Rousseau on government, Hegel and Marx on progress, Berkeley and Hume on God, Nietzsche adn Mill on morality, Wittgenstein and Russell on meaning, and many others.

Each explanation is accompanied by a biographic sketch and iconic image of the philosopher in question, alongside significant quotations from their major works. Highly accessible and thought-provoking, this is the perfect introduction to philosophy.