Great Philosophers: Great People in History Series

Great Philosophers: Great People in History Series

by Jeremy Stangroom, James Garvey
     
 

 Philosophy has been under way for more than two thousand years.  The Great Philosophers traces the biggest and most influential thoughts in philosophy’s long stride through history, beginning with the Ancient Greeks and Early Romans, the first philosophical thinkers in the West, to whom so much is owed. How their concerns

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 Philosophy has been under way for more than two thousand years.  The Great Philosophers traces the biggest and most influential thoughts in philosophy’s long stride through history, beginning with the Ancient Greeks and Early Romans, the first philosophical thinkers in the West, to whom so much is owed. How their concerns became the concerns of those who followed is clearly laid out, as is the way their answers shaped what we now recognize as philosophy. The medieval philosophers are also represented, combining their religious concerns with ancient thought and carrying it into the Renaissance. The modern era, the explosion of philosophy sparked by Descartes, is well represented here too. Founders and representatives of both rationalist and empiricist schools make an appearance, as do philosophy’s skeptics, with their often darker conclusions.

Philosophy’s long walk continues, and you will find here the thoughts which make its contemporary form what it is, and perhaps what it is on the way to becoming. Philosophy is very much still under way, and The Great Philosophers pays regard to both the discipline as it is practiced now, and to the history which made contemporary philosophy possible.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Victoria Vogel
Great Philosophers goes beyond biography to presenting each philosophy with a thoughtful, if somewhat academic, explanation. Thirty great philosophers, from Socrates to Foucault, are presented individually with a presentation and examination of their ideas. There is an introduction which examines the definition of philosophy and its intentions. Each philosopher’s ideas are discussed in a conversational tone, at times even editorial. However, the reader is given a thoughtful and clear picture of the philosophy presented. Biographical material is presented in brief, but the most attention is paid to their thoughts. Upper-level students who are studying these philosophers may find this title a useful complement to their studies. The titles in this series would fit well in a secondary school collection. Advanced readers will find them useful sources for research papers. They are highly recommended for their quality. This particular title is a bit more advanced in its subject matter and presentation than others in this series, and would also be suited to a college-level library. Physically, these books are slightly taller than most (by about an inch) and may not fit on standard shelves without some accommodations. (Great People in History) Reviewer: Victoria Vogel; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—These titles offer concise yet full biographies. Leaders devotes a spread to each of the 54 subjects introduced; they are organized more or less chronologically within the sections: "Statemen," "Military Commanders," "Reformers," "National Liberators," and "Revolutionaries." However, the chronology falls down in the section on liberators, which goes from Mahatma Gandhi to Nelson Mandela followed by Shaka Zulu and Aung San Suu Kyi. In Stangroom and Garvey's volume, 29 philosophers are introduced in four-page, information-laden entries. Sidebars emphasize the subjects' works. In both books, a photograph or a portrait reproduction of each subject starts off the entry. Further photos and illustrations add flavor to the dense text. Obscure figures such as Emmeline Pankhurst, militant British women's suffragette, and William James, founder of pragmatism, mix in with better-known figures such as Thomas Jefferson and Socrates. Overall, while brief, these titles are good starting points for report writers.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477704042
Publisher:
Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
12/15/2012
Series:
Great People in History Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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