Masterpieces of World Philosophy

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For many, philosophy is a difficult, almost unapproachable field—just understanding it seems to require more knowledge than most students and general readers could possible have. That's how Masterpieces of World Philosophy can help you to truly grasp the ideas of Aristotle and Aquinas, Confucius and Camus: it examines and summarizes nearly one hundred influential works through critical essays that focus on their themes and major points.

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Overview

For many, philosophy is a difficult, almost unapproachable field—just understanding it seems to require more knowledge than most students and general readers could possible have. That's how Masterpieces of World Philosophy can help you to truly grasp the ideas of Aristotle and Aquinas, Confucius and Camus: it examines and summarizes nearly one hundred influential works through critical essays that focus on their themes and major points.

Based on the award-winning, five-volume reference, World Philosophy, each essay explains the historical background of the work, the life of its author, and its influence on modern thought. Alternative views of the philosopher's ideas are provided through reviews of important critical works, and reading lists help you find sources for additional information. With Masterpieces of World Philosophy, the ideas that have shaped our world—from the ancients to the thinkers of our time—are at your fingertips.

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Based on the five-volume reference, World philosophy, and produced in the familiar and popular Magill format. Some 100 influential works that span a range of time and thought from the Analects of Confucius c. late 6th century B.C. to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of perception 1945 are summarized through critical essays that address themes, historical background, the life of the author, and the influence on modern thought. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062700513
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 784,067
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Frank N. Magill has been a writer and editor of distinguished reference works for the past forty years. John K. Roth is Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. In 1988, he was named Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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