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The Examined Life: A Treasury of Western Philosophyby Stanley Rosen
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What did Plato contribute to the philosophy of art? What do Pascal's Pensees really say? Everyone knows the names of these philosophers, but few really understand the ideas at the core of western philosophy.
In this treasury of western thought, the primary sources speak for themselves. Over 35 excerpts from important philosophers — including Aristotle and Hume, as well as contemporary thinkers — offer a solid introduction to philosophy for the curious reader.
Leading scholars have carefully chosen the selections, which are arranged according to major discipline, including Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, and Metaphysics. These experts have contributed a provocative introductions in their areas of expertise.
Unlike other philosophy collections, this book is not a history, a secondary source, or a quick reference. It stands out as an intelligent and accessible compilation of primary source material.
A true treasury — not a complete encyclopedia or history survey, but a carefully compiled selection of "greatest hits" — this book offers an introduction to several important areas of philosophy and the philosophers who've influenced western thought.
The book brings together original material from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Pascal, Nietzche, Kant, Descartes, Hume, and others, in sections dedicated to the Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science. Original section introductions by authorities in each field help the reader understand the development of each area, and each philosopher's contribution to it.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 611-614) and index.
About the Author
Stanley Rosen is Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He is author of twelve books on philosophy, as well as numerous articles, and he lectures widely throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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