From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest

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A challenging new look at the great thinkers whose ides have shaped our civilization

From Socrates to Sartre
presents a rousing and readable introduction to the lives, and times of the great philosophers. This thought-provoking book takes us from the inception of Western society in Plato’s Athens to today when the commanding power of Marxism has captured one third of the world. T. Z. Lavine, Elton Professor of Philosophy at George Washington ...
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Overview

A challenging new look at the great thinkers whose ides have shaped our civilization

From Socrates to Sartre
presents a rousing and readable introduction to the lives, and times of the great philosophers. This thought-provoking book takes us from the inception of Western society in Plato’s Athens to today when the commanding power of Marxism has captured one third of the world. T. Z. Lavine, Elton Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University, makes philosophy come alive with astonishing clarity to give us a deeper, more meaningful understanding of ourselves and our times.

From Socrates to Sartre discusses Western philosophers in terms of the historical and intellectual environment which influenced them, and it connects their lasting ideas to the public and private choices we face in America today.

From Socrates to Sartre formed the basis of from the PBS television series of the same name.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780553251616
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 315,584
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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T.Z. Lavine is currently Elton Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University. Professor Lavine received a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has received, among other awards, the Josiah Royce Fellow in Philosophy and a research fellowship in philosophy (Harvard). The author of numerous articles and books, Professor Lavine wrote and presented From Socrates to Sartre as a television series for the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting, a series which is now included in the curriculum of the National University Consortium.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Another worthy story of philosophy

    An excellent book, apparently derived from a TV series that I never watched. Every survey of western philosophy has to be measured against Will Durant's The Story of Philosophy. So how does Lavine's book fare? Very well in fact. In the first place, the two books are somewhat complementary. Consider the philosophers that Lavine emphasizes: Plato, Descartes, Hume, Hegel, Marx, and Sartre. Now consider Durant's choices: Plato (of course!), Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James, and Dewey. The only overlap between the two is, inevitably, Plato. As the list shows, Durant's survey is more encyclopedic, while Lavine's is perhaps more suited to the age of television and short attention spans (though in no way does it trivialize its subject). But I actually found Lavine's survey to be more useful in terms of illuminating the history of ideas that lead to self knowledge, which is ultimately the most critical aspect of philosophy. Lavine also has an outstanding ability to summarize the key ideas that we owe to each philosopher, to the point where reading the original afterwards can be an anticlimax (surely, an unintended result!). And even more clearly than Durant, Lavine shows how the history of ideas determines how we think and what we take for granted.

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    Posted March 8, 2013

    Service Sucks

    The service from AMAZON sucks. I still haven't received my book. Ad when I requested a refund she told me that it was on the way. What a RIP OFF!!!

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