The Philosophers: Their Lives and the Nature of their Thought

Paperback | November 1, 1982

byBen-Ami Scharfstein

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This highly readable volume offers a broad introduction to modern philosophy and philosophers. Ben-Ami Scharfstein contends that personal experience, especially that of childhood, affects philosophers' sense of reality and hence the content of their philosophies. He bases his argumenton biographical studies of twenty great philosophers, beginning with Descartes and ending with Wittgenstein and Sartre. Taken together, these studies provide the beginnings of a psychological history of the philosophy of the period. Scharfstein first focuses on the philosophers' efforts to arrive at the objective truth and to persuade themselves and others of its existence. He then explores truth and relevance, both proposing the broadening of the traditional philosophical conception of relevance and consideringphilosophers' need to create something that belongs to and transcends them as individuals.

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The first words of a book begin a long and possibly difficult adventure. The adventure I am now undertaking is an appraisal of my profession, philosophy, of my fellow professionals, the philosophers, and, finally of myself at least as a person who philosophizes.

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This highly readable volume offers a broad introduction to modern philosophy and philosophers. Ben-Ami Scharfstein contends that personal experience, especially that of childhood, affects philosophers' sense of reality and hence the content of their philosophies. He bases his argumenton biographical studies of twenty great philo...

About the Author: Ben-Ami Scharfstein is Professor of Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University and author of Philosophy East/Philosophy West and many other books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 7.99 × 5.39 × 1.02 inPublished:November 1, 1982Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195059271

ISBN - 13:9780195059274

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The first words of a book begin a long and possibly difficult adventure. The adventure I am now undertaking is an appraisal of my profession, philosophy, of my fellow professionals, the philosophers, and, finally of myself at least as a person who philosophizes.

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