Great Thinkers of the Western World: The Major Ideas and Classic Works of More Than 100 Outstanding Western Philosophers, Physical and Social Scientists, Psychologists, Religious Writers and Theologians

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Great Thinkers of the Western World is a concise and authoritative guide to the principal theoretical ideas of the outstanding thinkers in Western history. From Parmenides to Albert Camus, theses men and women have profoundly influenced the development of Western civilization through their theories and revolutionary ideas and by providing intellectual, scientific or spiritual illumination.

Articles on 116 thinkers are arranged chronologically, making it essay for readers to ...

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Overview

Great Thinkers of the Western World is a concise and authoritative guide to the principal theoretical ideas of the outstanding thinkers in Western history. From Parmenides to Albert Camus, theses men and women have profoundly influenced the development of Western civilization through their theories and revolutionary ideas and by providing intellectual, scientific or spiritual illumination.

Articles on 116 thinkers are arranged chronologically, making it essay for readers to follow and appreciate the development of ideas from the early Greeks through the first half of the twentieth century. Each article provides basic biographical information, a list of the thinker's major works, a summary of his or her principal ideas, an essay explaining the thinker's most significant theories and indicating his or her place in the history of thought and a brief bibliography of further readings.

An absorbing, accessible and highly informative introduction to the greatest minds of Western civilization, Great Thinkers of the Western World improves our understanding of Western thought and how it evolved.

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A guide to the principal theoretical ideas of 116 luminaries--arranged chronologically, from Parmenides to Albert Camus. Each article provides basic biographical information, a list of the thinker's major works, a summary of his or her principal ideas, an essay explaining the thinker's most significant theories and indicating his or her place in the history of thought, and a brief bibliography of further readings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This guide to 116 selected authors in the fields of the social and physical sciences, psychology, religion, and philosophy spans the ancient Greeks to the first half of the twentieth century. These people are well known, and most can be easily located in other sources. The guide is arranged chronologically by the birthdate of the writer. Each entry contains birth and death dates, a list of the author's major ideas, an essay of three to five pages, and a short annotated list of secondary sources The format of "Great Thinkers" is identical to the earlier "Masterpieces of World Philosophy" [Ja 15 91]. There is substantial overlap between the two sources in the field of philosophy. Early and modern philosophers such as Plato, Parmenides, Zeno of Elea, Marcus Aurelius, Descartes, and Henri Bergson are duplicated in both volumes. Despite these duplications, "Great Thinkers" may prove a useful companion volume to "Masterpieces" because the former includes biographical sketches on harder-to-find physical scientists such as Gregor Johann Mendel, James Clerk Maxwell, Dimitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, Max Planck, and Charles Sanders Pierce. A bibliography of works by the thinkers and an index of their names conclude the volume Its readable essays that are accessible to the layperson make "Great Thinkers of the Western World" suitable for public and small college libraries that don't own the Magill sets like "World Philosophy" on which it is modeled.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062700261
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 799,850
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian P. McGreal received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University. Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, he has also taught at Brown, Southern Methodist University and the University of Maryland. His books include The Art of Making Choices, Analyzing Philosophical Arguments, Problems of Ethics, Great Thinkers of the Western World and Great Thinkers of the Eastern World. In association with Frank N. Magill, he edited Masterpices of World Philosophy, Masterpieces of Christian Literature and Masterpieces of Christian Spirituality.

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