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Each thinker is summarized in a single illustrated page, or in many instances, in a two-page spread. Each entry includes the philosopher's birth and death dates, titles of major works, major influences, a capsule biographical ...
Each thinker is summarized in a single illustrated page, or in many instances, in a 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.
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.
The text is enhanced with more than 150 illustrations and a glossary of philosophical terms.
Posted November 19, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.