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The lives and ideas of some of the world's best-known philosophers are presented. Why read philosophy? Because, says the author, all of our most cherished beliefs are born in it. Our government, our religions, our freedoms, our science, our system of justice, all come form philosophy. The daily newspapers are teaming with philosophical speculations: civil rights, the rights of poor and underprivileged, political freedoms, the environment.

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Men of Ideas

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Overview

The lives and ideas of some of the world's best-known philosophers are presented. Why read philosophy? Because, says the author, all of our most cherished beliefs are born in it. Our government, our religions, our freedoms, our science, our system of justice, all come form philosophy. The daily newspapers are teaming with philosophical speculations: civil rights, the rights of poor and underprivileged, political freedoms, the environment.

Philosophy is an attempt to understand what life means, it is a look for a reason for living, it is a search for reasons for why we live as we do or why we want to change life as we know it. It is an attempt to place ourselves in the world and in the universe and then find out what that world and universe are.

Since very early times men have pondered the questions that philosophy raises. many questions and answers that people talk about today were first discussed long ago. This book is an attempt to show what people ver aperiod of 2,500 years and from many parts of the world have said about ideas that are as important now as they ever were.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475912944
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/29/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Up in a Balloon 3
What Is Philosophy? 6
Socrates 10
Plato 13
Aristotle 19
Lucretius 24
Lao-Tzu 27
Confucius 31
Augustine 36
Thomas Aquinas 40
Francis Bacon 44
Rene Descartes 49
Baruch De Spinoza 53
John Locke 57
Voltaire 62
Adam Smith 66
Immanuel Kant 70
Georg Friedrich Hegel 74
Karl Marx 78
William James 83
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche 88
Soren Kierkegaard 92
George Santayana 97
Albert Schweitzer 101
Pierre Teilhard De Chardin 106
The Schools of Philosophy 111
Index 117
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