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This latest entry in a solid series that has treated both individual thinkers and epochs supports the publisher's reputation for providing scholarly overviews that are elucidating to graduate-level readers while remaining accessible to undergraduates. The 18 individually authored chapters include Robert Black's "The Philosopher and Renaissance Culture," Dag Nikolaus Hasse's "Arabic Philosophy and Averroism," and Peter Harrison's "Philosophy and the Crisis of Religion." Each essay unfolds in clearly marked subsections that facilitate a complete reading while allowing ready entry, via the index, to the portion that may be most useful for reference. Black-and-white illustrations amplify the text where appropriate, as with the "concentric spheres" in Brian P. Copenahver's "How To Do Magic, and Why." The appendix includes brief biographies of period philosophers from Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and Byzantium. Given its topic and approach, this book is pertinent to philosophy and history readers alike. For all academic and most public libraries.