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The great conversation : a historical introduction to philosophy

Author: Norman Melchert
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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Now in its sixth edition, this historically organized introductory text treats philosophy as a dramatic and continuous story--a conversation about humankind's deepest and most persistent concerns.
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Melchert
ISBN: 9780195397611 0195397614 9780195397635 0195397630
OCLC Number: 642000976
Description: xxi, 735, [21] pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Before philosophy: myth in Hesiod and Homer --
Philosophy before Socrates --
The Sophists: rhetoric and relativism in Athens --
Socrates: to know oneself --
The trial and death of Socrates --
Plato: knowing the real and the good --
Aristotle: the reality of the world --
Epicureans, stoics, and skeptics: happiness for the many --
The Christians:sin, salvation, and love --
Augustine: God and the soul --
Anselm and Aquinas: existence and essence in God and the world --
Moving from Medieval to Modern --
René Descartes: doubting our way to certainty --
Hobbes, Locke, and Berkeley: materialism and the beginnings of empiricism --
David Hume: unmasking the pretentions of reason --
Immanual Kant: rehabilitating reason (within strict limits) --
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: taking history seriously --
Kierkegaard and Marx: two ways to "correct" Hegel --
The Utilitarians: moral rules and the happiness of all (including women) --
Friedrich Nietsche: the value of existence --
Teh Pragmatists: thought and action --
Ludwig Wittgenstein: linguistic analysis and ordinary language --
Martin Heidegger: the meaning of being --
Simone de Beauvoir: existentialist, feminist --
postmodernism and physical realism: Derrida, Quine, and Dennett.
Responsibility: Norman Melchert.
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Now in its sixth edition, this historically organized introductory text treats philosophy as a dramatic and continuous story--a conversation about humankind's deepest and most persistent concerns.

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