100 Philosophers

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What is the nature of good and evil? What is the meaning of existence and who are we really? For thousands of years philosophers have struggled with questions such as these, weighing every thought against virtually every rational alternative. Here, presented for non-academic readers, is an easy-to-understand survey of ideas put forth by 100 important philosophers, from the pre-Socratics of ancient Greece to the analytic philosophers of the present day.

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Overview

What is the nature of good and evil? What is the meaning of existence and who are we really? For thousands of years philosophers have struggled with questions such as these, weighing every thought against virtually every rational alternative. Here, presented for non-academic readers, is an easy-to-understand survey of ideas put forth by 100 important philosophers, from the pre-Socratics of ancient Greece to the analytic philosophers of the present day.

Each thinker is summarized in a single illustrated page, or in many instances, in an illustrated two-page spread. Each entry includes the philosopher's birth and death dates, titles of major works, major influences, a capsule biographical sketch, and a brief summary of his or her most important ideas. The glossary will help readers quickly navigate and organize their learning.

In addition to philosophers in our own Western tradition, readers will find Chinese sages, including Confucius and Lao-tzu, the Indian Buddhist philosopher Ngrjuna, and thinkers representing other cultures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785830221
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 400,008
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter J. King (D.Phil. Oxford) was born in Boston, Lincolnshire. He currently teaches philosophy at Christ Church and Somerville Colleges, Oxford, and is Visiting Lecturer at the University of North London and the University of Reading. He has published academic papers in the philosophy ofreligion, metaphysics and philosophical logic as well as more popular articles on political philosophy and parapsychology. He's currently working on an introduction to the philosophy of religion. He is a member of the Humanist Philosophers' Group.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2004

    One hundred Philosophers

    This is a bit more than it might at first seem to be. Yes, it whisks the reader through a hundred philosophers, from the ancient Greeks to the present day, allowing a page for most, two pages for a fair number. It also, though, provides short articles on areas of philosophy, as well as on on topics such as African philosophy, religion and philosophy, and women in philosophy. Moreover, in the limited space available, the author corrects popular misconceptions, and provides a sharp (not to say acerbic) commentary on the state of modern philosophy. The writing is clear, very readable, yet doesn't oversimplify or patronise. Some of the ilustrations are a bit odd (and the cover features Foucault, who fortunately doesn't appear in the book), and there will of course be disagreements about some of the philosophers who made it in and some of those who failed -- but it's nicely produced, and an absorbing read. Definitely recommended.

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