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Essentials of Philosophy: The Basic Concepts of the World's Greatest Thinkers

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A Great Starting Point

This is a great work. It is perfect as a comprehensive overview to get the reader started and up to speed with the names, terminology, and concepts of Philosophy. It is an excellent springboard and guidance for further research into a particular area of Philosophy or ...
This is a great work. It is perfect as a comprehensive overview to get the reader started and up to speed with the names, terminology, and concepts of Philosophy. It is an excellent springboard and guidance for further research into a particular area of Philosophy or a particular philosopher. It should be the first book used in all Intro to Philosophy courses.

posted by JKing_01 on June 8, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

WOW....Errors galore

On page 101, the book incorrectly refers to Schopenhauer's book as 'The World as Will and Idea,' when, in fact, his book is titled 'The World as Will and Representation.' This is just one more error in addition to all the others.

posted by Anonymous on July 2, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    Poor proofreading and factchecking.

    The section on Black Elk mistakenly used the word 'scared' when it intends to read 'sacred. And in a much more egregious error, the index sites Mary Wollstonecraft as the author of Frankenstein, when it was actually her daughter, Mary Shelley, who wrote the novel. Very big error. Yikes. Can't believe the publishers missed that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    There are much better overviews of Western philosophy

    The publisher's decsription suggests that Mannion writes in 'plain English.' This is true only if one interprets plain Englsih to mean shallow humor. Mannion's glib style simultaneously trivializes his subject and obscures whatever meaning one might hope to glean from so broad an overview. If you are looking for an outline of philosophy that will clearly and concisely present an overview of the material, this isn't it.

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