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Highly praised by reviewers for its clarity and rich exposition, this history of philosophy text illustrates philosophy as a process and not just a collection of opinions or conclusions. Lawhead helps students retrace the philosopher's intellectual journey rather than simply giving a report of the results so that the students see how the problems arose. Thus the philosopher's problem becomes a puzzle which the student has to face. Lawhead uses metaphors, analogies, vivid images, concrete examples, common experiences, and diagrams to bring the abstract issues down to earth and show the practical implications and contemporary relevance of positions.
William Lawhead received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas. Presently, he is Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Mississippi where he focuses on History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Language.
13. Cultural Context: Renaissance, Reformation, and the Rise of Modern Science. 14. Early Empiricists: Francis Bacon and Thomas Hobbes. 15. Rene Descartes: Founder of Modern Philosophy. 16. Benedict Spinoza: Rationalist and Mystic. 17. Gottfried Leibniz: The Optimistic Rationalist. 18. Cultural Context: The Enlightenment and the Age of Newton. 19. John Locke: The Rise of Modern Empiricism. 20. George Berkeley: Following the Road of Empiricism. 21. David Hume: The Scottish Skeptic. 22. Immanuel Kant: Finding the Powers and Limits of the Mind. 23. The Nineteenth-Century Cultural Context: Romanticism, Science, and the Sense of History. 24. G.W.F. Hegel: Biographer of the World Spirit. 25. Karl Marx: A Philosophy of the Changing World. 26. Soren Kierkegaard: The Founder of Religious Existentialism. 27. Friedrich Nietzsche: The Founder of Secular Existentialism. 28. Nineteenth-Century Empiricism: Comte, Bentham, and Mill.