The Handy Philosophy Answer Book

The Handy Philosophy Answer Book

by Naomi Zack
     
 

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Combining a basic history of philosophical thought with the often quirky personal stories of famous philosophers, this comprehensive introduction to the world of philosophy answers more than 1,000 questions, ranging from What was the Enlightenment? to Why did the Pythagorians avoid fava beans? Analyzing the collective effort of philosophers throughout history in

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Combining a basic history of philosophical thought with the often quirky personal stories of famous philosophers, this comprehensive introduction to the world of philosophy answers more than 1,000 questions, ranging from What was the Enlightenment? to Why did the Pythagorians avoid fava beans? Analyzing the collective effort of philosophers throughout history in the pursuit of truth and wisdom, the guide explores the tangible significance of philosophical thought to modern society and civilization as a whole. With a wide range of information suitable for various knowledge bases—from junior high to junior college—this is an ideal resource for anyone looking to get a better grasp of the history of thought.

Editorial Reviews

Independent Publisher
With a wide range of information suitable for various knowledge bases—from junior high to junior college—this is an ideal resource for anyone looking to get a better grasp of the history of thought.
ForeWord Reviews
Written to be an accessible reference book, . . [t]he material is presented via brief answers to a series of questions.
American Reference Books Annual
Naomi Zack introduces the world of philosophy to young readers and general readers in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The book is recommended for high school libraries and public libraries. It would be of interest to the casual reader with a general interest in philosophy.
Booklist
Whether one is seeking a quick overview of the history of philosophy, a period, a person, or a school of thought—or building one’s philosophical vocabulary via the glossary—this book is a valuable introduction
Choice
The writing is clear and easy to read, and the inclusion of photographs and boxed sidebars adds visual appeal. Summing Up: Recommended.
From the Publisher

"Naomi Zack introduces the world of philosophy to young readers and general readers in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The book is recommended for high school libraries and public libraries. It would be of interest to the casual reader with a general interest in philosophy."— American Reference Books

"Whether one is seeking a quick overview of the history of philosophy, a period, a person, or a school of thought--or building one's philosophical vocabulary via the glossary--this book is a valuable introduction."— Booklist

"The writing is clear and easy to read, and the inclusion of photographs and boxed sidebars adds visual appeal. Summing Up: Recommended."— Choice

"Written to be an accessible reference book, ... [t]he material is presented via brief answers to a series of questions."— ForeWord

"With a wide range of information suitable for various knowledge bases--from junior high to junior college--this is an ideal resource for anyone looking to get a better grasp of the history of thought."— Independent Publisher

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578592265
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
The Handy Answer Book Series
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Naomi Zack, PhD, is a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon who has also taught at the University at Albany and the State University of New York. She is the author of Inclusive Feminism, Philosophy of Science and Race, Thinking About Race, and Women of Color and Philosophy. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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