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Children's LiteratureThis is quite a feat-100 essential philosophers' thoughts are condensed into one volume! One-page explanations alongside full-page pictures of these Western philosophers invite the curious reader to browse. Yet there is no light reading here. Interconnections among thinkers, such as the rationalists, empiricists, materialists, and existentialists, along with historical twists from the pre-Socratic to the new scientists are revealed only through close study of the entire book. Plato or Aristotle seems almost comprehensible once the reader arrives at the "linguistic turn" of the twentieth-century philosophers. The "love of wisdom" blazes trails where science, religion, politics, economics, and other methodologies dare not go or have not yet thought of going. Only two women, Mary Wollstonecraft and Simone de Beauvoir, are a part of this great journey-a fact that leads to speculation about the nature of philosophy itself. The book reviewed was an uncorrected proof, which probably accounts for the following omissions: final editing; glossary; index; biography of author; photo captions referencing artist/photographer, etc.; introductions to sections with definitions of schools of thought; time line; and references. A bright young adult could glean information from these entries, but the book leans more toward an adult student. This is a reference book a student will want to open again and again. 2003 (orig. 2002), Enchanted Lion Books, Ages 15 up.
— Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.