Philosophic Classics, Volume II: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy / Edition 6

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Esteemed for providing the best available translations, Philosophic Classics: Ancient Philosophy, features complete works or complete sections of the most important works by the major thinkers, as well as shorter samples from transitional thinkers.

First published in 1961, Forrest E. Baird's revision of Philosophic Classics, Pearson Education's long-standing anthology (available in split volumes), continues the tradition of providing generations of students with high quality course material. Using the complete works, or where appropriate, complete sections of works, this anthology allows philosophers to speak directly to students.

For more information on the main combined anthology, or the additional period volumes, please see below:

Philosophic Classics: From Plato to Derrida, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783864

Philosophic Classics, Volume I: Ancient Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783856

Philosophic Classics, Volume III: Modern Philosophy, 6/E ISBN-10: 0205783899

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205783908
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 816,965
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Forrest Baird has taught at Whitworth since 1978. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in philosophy, most summers he teaches for Fuller Theological Seminary in extension programs throughout the West. Dr. Baird has a B.A. from Westmont, an M.Div. From Fuller, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Claremont Graduate University. In his time at Whitworth, Dr. Baird has been selected by five graduating classes as the "Most Influential Professor" and has also been voted "Teacher of the Year" by his colleagues. Dr. Baird has studied the problem of evil while a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John's University and Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and more recently has been studying Chinese philosophy. Dr. Baird's most recent scholarly work has been editing the six-volume Philosophic Classics series for Prentice Hall. His other works include editing the book, Human Thought and Action: Readings in Western Intellectual History, and co-authoring (with Jack Rogers) the HarperCollins textbook, Introduction to Philosophy: A Case Study Approach.
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Table of Contents

Prologue I: Early Christianity

Justin Martyr

Dialogue with Trypho (in part)

Appology (in part)

Clement of Alexandria



A Treatise on the Soul (in part)

Prescriptions Against the Heretics (in part)


On First Principles (in part)

Prologue II: Other Foundational Documents

Philo of Alexandria

On the Account of the World's Creation Given by Moses ( II-VI, XLIV-XLVI)


Enneads (Ennead I, Tractate VI)

Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagite

The Divine Names (Chapter 4, sections 18-21, 30; Chapter 7, 3)


On the Free Choice of the Will (Book II)

Confessions (Book VIII, 5, 8-12; Book XI, 14-28)

City of God (Book VIII, Chapters 1-12; Book XI, Chapter 26; Book XII, Chapters 1-9; Book XIX, Chapters 11-17)

Early Medieval Philosophy


The Second Editon of the Commentaries on the Isagoge of Porphyry (Book I Chapters 10-11)

The Consolation of Philosophy (Book V)

John Scotus Eriugena

On the Division of Nature (Periphyseon) (Book I, Chapters 1-7, 11-12, 13-14)

Anslem (And Gaunilo)

Proslogion (Preface, Chapters 1-4)

Gaunilo and Anslem: Debate

Peter Abelard

On Universals

Ethics (Prologue, Chapters 1-3, 10-12)

Hildegard of Bingen

Scivias (Book I, Vision 4, Chapters 16-26)

John of Salisbury

Metalogicon (Book II, Chapter 17)

Statesman (Policratus) (Chapters 1-3)

Islamic and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages


Essay on the Secret of Destiny

Concerning the SOul (Chapters 1-2, 4, 6, 12-13)


The Incoherence of the Philosophers (Introduction, and Preface One)


The Decisive Treatise

Moses Maimonides

The Guide for the Perplexed ( Part I, Chapters 51-52, 58; Part II Introduction, Chapters 13,17; Part III, Chapter 12)

Thirteenth Century Philosophy

Robert Grosseteste

On Light

Roger Bacon

The Opus Majus (Part IV, 1,3; Part VI, 1-2)


The Mind's Road to God (Prologue, Chapters 1-3)

On the Eternity of the World (selections)

Siger of Brabant

Question on the Eternity of the World

The Condemnations of 1270 (complete) and 1277 (in part)

Thomas Aquinas

Summa Theologica (selections)

The Principles of Nature

Late Medieval Philosophy

John Duns Scotus

A Treatise on God as First Principle (Chapter 3)

Reportata Parisiensia (in part)

Prologue to the Ordinatio

William of Ockham

On Universals(Summa Logicae, Part I, Chapters 14-16; Part II, Chapter 2)

On Being (Summa Logicae, Part I, Chapter 38)

On Knowledge (Quodlibetal Questions, First Quodlibet, Question 13)

On God (selections)

On Politics (eight Questions on the Power of the Pope, Questions 2, Chapters 1,7)

Meister Eckhart

Sermon #1

Catherine of Siena

Letter # 58

Renaissance Philosophy

Nicholas Cusanas

On Learned Ignorance (Chapter 1-4, 26)

Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola

Oration on the Dignity of Man (in part)

Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince (Chapters 15-18, 25)

Thomas More

Utopia (in part)

Michel De Montiagne

Apology for Raymond Sebond (Chapter 3)

Luis De Molina

On Divine Foreknowledge: Part IV of the Concordia (in part)

Giordano Bruno

Of the Infinite, the Universe, and the Worlds (in part)

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