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Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies #1: Western Philosophy
Synopses & Reviews
Western Philosophy: An Anthologyprovides the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the Western philosophical tradition from ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today.
In 100 substantial and carefully chosen extracts, the volume covers all the main branches of philosophy--theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of mind, religion and science, moral philosophy (theoretical and applied), political theory and aesthetics.
From ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today, Western Philosophy: An Anthology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the Western philosophical tradition.
In 100 substantial and carefully chosen extracts, the volume covers all the main branches of philosophy - theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of mind, religion and science, moral philosophy (theoretical and applied), political theory and aesthetics. Chronologically and thematically arranged, the readings are introduced and linked together by a lucid philosophical commentary which guides the reader through the key arguments.
This outstanding text will support a wide variety of introductory courses in philosophy, as well as providing more advanced students with a handy collection of classic source materials.
About the Author
John Cottinghamis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. He is the author of many books including Rationalism(1984), Descartes(1986), The Rationalists(1988), Philosophy and the Good Life(1998), and Onthe Meaning of Life(2003), and is co-translator of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes. He was from 1991–5 Chairman of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, and is (since 1993) editor of Ratio, the international journal of analytic philosophy.
Table of Contents
Advice to Readers and Format of the Volume.
Part I: Knowledge and Certainty.
Part II: Being and Reality.
Part III: Language and Meaning.
Part IV: Mind and Body.
Part V: The Self and Freedom.
Part VI: God and Religion.
Part VII: Science and Method.
Part VIII: Morality and the Good Life.
Part IX: Problems in Ethics.
Part X: Authority and the State.
Part XI: Beauty and Art.
Part XII: Human Life and its Meaning.
Notes on the Philosophers.
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