The Basics of Western Philosophy

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Overview

This outstanding introductory work offers students and the general reader a concise, accessible overview of the nature, problems, and history of Western philosophy. The book is divided into two parts. Part I examines the process of philosophical discourse, including discussions of some of its greatest practitioners, elementary techniques of logical analysis, and a sketch of the history of philosophy from its earliest beginnings among the ancient Greeks to the current day.

Part II considers the major problems of philosophy. Separate chapters are devoted to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and philosophical anthropology. Frequent sidebars succinctly present background material on specific topics and provide brief biographies of major philosophers.

Complete with helpful tables, diagrams, illustrations, and a very useful time line and bibliography for students, this lucid synopsis of Western philosophy will enlighten the beginner while conveying the excitement of intellectual discovery.

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Editorial Reviews

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"More than a mere survey, this is a work of philosophical comprehension limited only in its compass because of its intended audience (high school and undergraduate students as well as the general public). Highly recommended."
—Library Journal

"[K]elly's work provides a straightforward and complete introduction to the field of philosophy in the Western world. It would not be difficult to imagine reading The Basics of Western Philosophy cover to cover in order to gain a useful overview of Western philosophy. It might even serve beautifully as a textbook for an introductory philosophy course."
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Kelly (philosophy, New York Inst. of Technology) has divided his solid introduction to Western philosophy in two parts. Part 1 covers the activity of philosophy, including the nature of philosophy, logic and language, and the history of philosophy. Part 2, the larger section, addresses the problems of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and science and human nature. Sidebars provide background information, capsule biographies and illustrations of the philosophers, and a historical and philosophical time line. More than a mere survey, this is a work of philosophical comprehension limited only in its compass because of its intended audience (high school and undergraduate students as well as the general public). Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591024644
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Series: Basics of the Social Sciences Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Kelly (Old Westbury, NY) is professor of philosophy at New York Institute of Technology and the author of many books in philosophy, including Structure and Diversity: Studies in the Phenomenological Philosophy of Max Scheler, An Invitation to Philosophy, Journeys through Philosophy (both with Nicholas Capaldi and Luis E. Navia), and Ethics and the Search for Values (with Luis E. Navia).
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Table of Contents

Preface
The Activity of Philosophy
The Nature of Philosophy
Logic and Language
A Sketch of the History of Philosophy
The Problems of Philosophy
Metaphysics
Epistemology
Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Science and Human Nature
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