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Philosophy and philosophers : an introduction to Western philosophy

Author: John Shand
Publisher: Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This revised and updated edition of a standard work provides a clear and authoritative survey of the Western tradition in metaphysics and epistemology from the Pre-Socratics to the present day. Aimed at the beginning student, it presents the ideas of the major philosophers and their schools of thought in a readable and engaging way, highlighting the central points in each contributor's doctrines and offering a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Shand
ISBN: 0773524460 9780773524460
OCLC Number: 48941861
Description: 342 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Presocratic Greek Philosophy --
2. Greek Philosophy: Plato, Aristotle --
3. Medieval Philosophy: Augustine, Aquinas, Ockham --
4. Rationalism: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz --
5. Empiricism: Locke, Berkeley, Hume --
6. Transcendental Idealism: Kant --
7. Later German Philosophy: Hegel, Nietzsche --
8. Analytical Philosophy: Russell, Wittgenstein --
9. Phenomenology and Existentialism: Husserl, Sartre --
10. Logical Positivism and Falsificationism: Ayer, Popper --
11. Linguistic Philosophy: Wittgenstein --
12. Recent Philosophy.
Responsibility: John Shand.

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"This revised and updated edition of a standard work provides a clear and authoritative survey of the Western tradition in metaphysics and epistemology from the Pre-Socratics to the present day. Aimed at the beginning student, it presents the ideas of the major philosophers and their schools of thought in a readable and engaging way, highlighting the central points in each contributor's doctrines and offering a lucid discussion of the next-level details that both fills out the general themes and encourages the reader to pursue the arguments still further through a detailed guide to further reading. Whether John Shand is discussing the slow separation of philosophy and theology in Augustine, Aquinas and Ockham, the rise of rationalism, British empiricism, German idealism or the new approaches opened up by Russell, Sartre and Wittgenstein, he combines succinct but insightful exposition with crisp critical comment. This new edition will continue to provide students with a valuable work of initial reference."--Jacket.

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