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

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If you've always wanted to learn about philosophy but were too intimidated to get past the first word ending in "ism," Essentials of Philosophy provides simple explanations guaranteed to make philosophic ideas and concepts easy to understand.

This entertaining book offers a broad overview of many diverse schools of thought — from antiquity up through the present-day. In plain English, author James Mannion explains all of the great philosophies — and even provides contemporary ...

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Overview

If you've always wanted to learn about philosophy but were too intimidated to get past the first word ending in "ism," Essentials of Philosophy provides simple explanations guaranteed to make philosophic ideas and concepts easy to understand.

This entertaining book offers a broad overview of many diverse schools of thought — from antiquity up through the present-day. In plain English, author James Mannion explains all of the great philosophies — and even provides contemporary examples to put them in perspective. Interspersed are fascinating sidebars that offer helpful hints toward understanding complex concepts and little-known facts about the lives of great philosophers.
 

Essentials of Philosophy delves into the minds of such fascinating philosophers as
- Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
- Augustine and Aquinas
- Spinoza and Descartes
- Voltaire and Rousseau
- Mill and Nietzsche
- Russell and Sartre
A separate section on Eastern Philosophy covers the main schools of thought in Asia and India, focusing on the intersection between philosophy and religion (Islam, Hindu, and Buddhism). Other religious philosophies — such as Christianity, Judaism, Chinese Confucianism, and Shintoism — are also defined for easy understanding.

Endlessly fascinating—and always clear and concise — Essentials of Philosophy will be welcomed by anyone who wants to broaden his or her outlook on life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760781807
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/11/2006
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 333,895
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

James Mannion is a former publishing professional, and the author of several books. He lives in the Bronx, New York.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Philosophy Understood

    This book is an essential to the introduction to philosophy. It gives a relevant all round introduction and reminder to the basics of philosophy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2009

    This book was a big help to me

    This book made sense of the other philosophy books in a lot fewer words.
    It was much easier to understand than others I had to read, and more enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    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 a particular philosopher. It should be the first book used in all Intro to Philosophy courses.

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

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    Diving into philosophy

    I found the book to be well organized and quick with a synopsis of each Philosopher and their general points of view. It helped in making my decision on which of those mentioned I should read about in more detail. A bit biased against religion in general but you need to shake loose dogma to find free thought and ask yourself the questions you really want answers to before finding them in others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Errors, but Good.

    This book was a good primer on philosophers, from the Greeks to 'New Age' philosophies. Yes, there were a few typos that should have been noticed by the editors, but it still was a good breif history of philosophy.

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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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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    Excellent read,highly interesting and informative, excellent poi

    Excellent read,highly interesting and informative, excellent points of departure  for further depth a non-philosopher might  want.
    Definitely the best overview of philosophy I have found so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2009

    Book lacks depth

    I thought that even though this was an overview there would be some more detail. There is not enough information to get a true sense of what these philosophers believed in. I would not recommend this book to anyone

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    I expected more...

    The book provides a pretty adequate general overview of western philosophy, but as the other reviewers commented it does contain many errors. There's also the issue of his general writing style, he seems not only to be rather militantly biased (as per regards to his snide anti- religious remarks), but the fact he does this really interrupts his attempt at objectiveness in presenting the key ideas in western thought. I might have obtained a more intellectually satisfying overview had it not been for the unnecessary opinionations provided. Good overview, but certainly not as objective as I would have expected or liked.

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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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