The Great Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview

Beginning with the death of Socrates in 399 BC, and following the strand of philosophical inquiry through the centuries to recent figures such as Bertrand Russell and Wittgenstein, Bryan Magee's conversations with fifteen contemporary writers and philosophers provide an accessible and exciting account of Western philosophy and its greatest thinkers. With contributions from A. J. Ayer, Bernard Williams, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Singer, and John Searle, the book is not only an introduction to the philosophers of the past, but gives an invaluable insight into the view and personalities of some of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

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Magee has taught philosophy at Oxford, and in each of these volumes he attempts to make philosophy understandable to the lay reader. The DK book devotes just a few pages to each of the major thinkers and is lavishly illustrated. It would be suitable for high school, college, and public libraries. Great Philosophers is a series of conversations with important contemporary philosophers about the major historical figures, originally produced for the BBC. Confessions is an autobiographical excursion through Western philosophy. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192893222
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 985,513
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Magee is a Visiting Professor at King's College London and has published sixteen other books including Modern British Philosophy, and Creators of Contemporary Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Preface, Bryan Magee
Dialogue 1. Plato, Myles Burnyeat
Dialogue 2. Aristotle, Martha Nussbaum
Dialogue 3. Medieval Philosophy, Anthony Kenny
Dialogue 4. Descartes, Bernard Williams
Dialogue 5. Spinoza and Leibniz, Anthony Quinton
Dialogue 6. Locke and Berkeley, Michael Ayes
Dialogue 7. Hume, John Passmore
Dialogue 8. Kant, Geoffrey Warnock
Dialogue 9. Hegel and Marx, Peter Singer
Dialogue 10. Schopenhauer, Frederick Copleston
Dialogue 11. Nietzsche, J.P. Stern
Dialogue 12. Husserl, Heidegger and Modern Existentialism, Hubert Dreyfus
Dialogue 13. The American Pragmatists, Sidney Morgenbesser
Dialogue 14. Frege, Russell and Modern Logic, A.J. Ayer
Dialogue 15. Wittgenstein, John Searle

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