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The great conversation : a historical introduction to philosophy

The great conversation : a historical introduction to philosophy

Author: Norman Melchert
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Seventh editionView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Manuels d'enseignement supérieur
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Melchert
ISBN: 9780199999651 0199999651
OCLC Number: 1033415613
Notes: Index.
Description: xix, 728, 2, 3, 7, 3, 12 pages : illustrations, cartes ; 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 --
Jews and 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 pretensions of reason --
Immanuel 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 Nietzsche : the value of existence --
The Pragmatists : thought and action --
Ludwig Wittgenstein : linguistic analysis and ordinary language --
Martin Heidegger : the meaning of being --
Simone de Beauvoir : existentialist, feminist --
Postmodernism : Derrida, Foucault, and Rorty --
Physical realism and the mind : Quine, Dennett, Searle, Nagel, Jackson, and Chalmers.
Responsibility: Norman Melchert Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University.


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