History of Philosophy: Great Thinkers from 600 B.C. to the Present Day

History of Philosophy: Great Thinkers from 600 B.C. to the Present Day

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by Martyn Oliver
     
 

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This thoroughly researched and highly illustrated book decodes the baffling world of philosophy. It explains the essence of every major school of thought from the Ancient Greeks to the Postmodernists and the thinking of all the great philosophers from Socrates to Jacques Derrida.

All the key movements in philosophy are covered and there are biographies of

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This thoroughly researched and highly illustrated book decodes the baffling world of philosophy. It explains the essence of every major school of thought from the Ancient Greeks to the Postmodernists and the thinking of all the great philosophers from Socrates to Jacques Derrida.

All the key movements in philosophy are covered and there are biographies of the lives and works of more than 50 key thinkers.

Illustrated throughout with over 250 pictures in color and black and white and with a glossary of terms and jargon, History of Philosophy provides a lively and colorful account of this often confusing subject.

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A general introduction, some pages devoted to several eastern religions, and overview material introducing each era, beginning with ancient Greece and ending with the 20th century, support profiles of 50 key thinkers, each one allotted a couple of abundantly illustrated pages. This introductory volume's aim is to make the often intimidating subject matter less so by including numerous photos and fine art, highlighting key ideas, and including plenty of subdivision. Appropriate for high school students and general readers. No notes or bibliography. Oliver is a lecturer in political science and philosophy at the U. Of Westminster; the book was originally published in 1997 by Hamlyn (Great Britain). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780760708996
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/1998
Pages:
192

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History of Philosophy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was standing in line at the Spokane Valley B&N Bookstore when a gentleman in front of me commented on the back cover of History of Philosophy, which has a picture of Friedrich Nietzsche. I told him I was buying this book "for fun" to have in my family as a good overall reference and scope of philosophy to interest a beginner (like my children) in philosophy. It is not a textbook that is to be read from beginning to end. This gentleman asked me if I like F.N. as he does. I replied in the affirmative to his delight. I also told him I have all of his works and have completed half of them. I asked him if he has N¿s works. He replied, "I have read his aphorisms" and alluded to N¿s The Gay Science. His answer, I thought, was hardly an understanding of N. Oddly, he asked me, "So are you an atheist?" I said, "No," and I went on to say neither was Nietzsche. He was offended by my suggestion that N. was not an atheist. Instead he staunchly lifted his chin high, stood upright and called himself an atheist. He either knew what he was saying only to impress himself or did not know what he was saying because his heart was otherwise. This gentleman, I am afraid, is like most everyone else with their opinions, which is to say he has no opinion to offer since he has not read Nietzsche and the way he intended us to read him. Nietzsche is a moral philosopher and reveals his god as a philosophy of life resembling the intellectual integrity, power, and honesty of the God human beings so often have offended with their words and way of life throughout history. I feel Martyn Oliver provided a fair assessment of N. in History of Philosophy, which is why I bought it in the first place. I recommend History of Philosophy as a fun reference guide for the layperson to further his or her interests or for someone who has a beginning interest in philosophy and doesn¿t know where to start or what philosophies might interest him/her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This text is a disgrace to Philosophy. It poses incorrect information, one example is on Martin Luther. It is poorly written, e.g. when discussing Plato's forms and ideas. Bias against Christianity is also prevelent, by representing it with a potrait of Hell, and making the focal point of Catholicism the inquisition. I am not Catholic, but in a history, everyone should be represented impartially. It is not worth even a bargain price.