A Short History of Philosophy / Edition 1

A Short History of Philosophy / Edition 1

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by Robert C. Solomon, Kathleen M. Higgins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195101960

ISBN-13: 9780195101966

Pub. Date: 02/01/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this accessible and comprehensive work, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins cover the entire history of philosophy—ancient, medieval, and modern, from cultures both East and West—in its broader historical and cultural contexts. Major philosophers and movements are discussed along with less well-known but interesting figures. The authors examine the

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In this accessible and comprehensive work, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins cover the entire history of philosophy—ancient, medieval, and modern, from cultures both East and West—in its broader historical and cultural contexts. Major philosophers and movements are discussed along with less well-known but interesting figures. The authors examine the early Greek, Indic, and Chinese philosophers and the mythological traditions that preceded them, as well as the great religious philosophies, including Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Taoism. Easily understandable to students without specialized knowledge of philosophy, A Short History of Philosophy demonstrates the relevance of philosophy to our times, illuminating the impact of the revolutions wrought by science, industry, colonialism, and sectarian warfare; the two world wars and the Holocaust; and the responses of philosophy in the schools of existentialism, postmodernism, feminism, and multiculturalism. In addition, the authors provide their own twists and interpretations of events, resulting in a broad view of the nature of philosophy as an intellectual discipline and its sometimes odd and dramatic consequences.

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ISBN-13:
9780195101966
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
630,296
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.18(h) x 0.89(d)

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Table of Contents

Biographical Chronology
I. The Search for World Order: Ancient Philosophy
The "Axial Period" and the Origins of Philosophy
The "Miracle" of Greece
Philosophy, Myth, Religion, and Science
Meaning and Creation: Cosmogony and the Origins of Philosophy
Vedas and Vedanta: Early Philosophy in India
The First (Greek) Philosopher
The Pre-Socratic Philosophers (I): The Stuff of the World
The Pre-Socratic Philosophers (II): The Underlying Order
The Pre-Socratic Philosophers (III): The Pluralists
Enter the Sophists
Socrates
Plato: Metaphysician or Sublime Humorist?
The Philosopher's Philosopher: Aristotle
A Footnote to Plato (and Aristotle)
Tough Times: Stoicism, Skepticism, and Epicureanism
Mysticism and Logic in Ancient India: Nagarjuna and Nyaya
II. God and the Philosophers: Religious and Medieval Philosophy
Religion and Spirituality: Three Philosophical Themes
The Wisdom of the East (I): Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism
The Wisdom of the East (II): Confucius and Confucianism
The Wisdom of the East (III): Lao-tzu, Chuang-tzu, and Taoism
Deep in the Heart of Persia: Zoroastrianism
From Athens to Jerusalem: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
The Hebrew People and the Origins of Judaism
Greek Jew: Philo of Alexandria
The Birth of Christianity
The Opening of Christianity: St. Paul
Neoplatonism and Christianity
St. Augustine and the Inner Life of Spirit
The First Great Split Within Christianity
The Rise of Islam
Mysticism
Persia and the Peripatetic Tradition
Diaspora, Dialectic, and Mysticism in Judaism
Thinking God: Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, and Scholasticism
Late Scholasticism: Duns Scotus and William of Ockham
In Search of Essences: The Alchemists
Philosophical Syntheses Outside the West
The Reformation: Luther and His Progeny
The Counter-Reformation, Erasmus, and More
After Aristotle: Bacon, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and the Renaissance
Before the "Discovery": Africa and the Americas
III. Between Science and Religion: Modern Philosophy and the Enlightenment
Science, Religion, and the Meaning of Modernism
Montaigne: The First Modern Philosopher?
Descartes and the New Science
Spinoza, Leibniz, Pascal, and Newton
The Enlightenment, Colonialism, and the Eclipse of the Orient
Locke, Hume, and Empiricism
Adam Smith, the Moral Sentiments, and the Protestant Ethic
Voltaire, Rousseau, and Revolution
Immanuel Kant: Saving Science
Kant's Moral Philosophy and the Third Critique
The Discovery of History: Hegel
Philosophy and Poetry: Rationalism and Romanticism
Romantic West Meets East: Schopenhauer
After Hegel: Kierkegaard, Feuerbach, and Marx
Mill, Darwin, and Nietzsche: Consumerism, Energy, and Evolution
Early Philosophy in America
IV. From Modernism to Postmodernism: The Twentieth Century
The Rejection of Idealism: A Century of Horrors
Frege, Russell, and Husserl: Arithmetic, Atomism, Phenomenology
Zarathustra in the Trenches: The Limits of Rationality
The American Experience in Philosophy: Pragmatism
Changing Reality: Philosophies of Process
Unamuno, Croce, and Heidegger: The Tragic Sense of Life
Hitler, the Holocaust, Positivism, and Existentialism
No Exit: The Existentialism of Camus, Sarte, and Beauvoir
From Ideal to Ordinary Language: From Cambridge to Oxford
Women and Gender: The Feminization of Philosophy
The Return of the Oppressed: Africa, Asia, and the Americas
From Postmodernism to the New Age
World Philosophy: Promise or Pretense
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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A Short History of Philosophy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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If you study philosophy on your own or through school, this book is irreplacable in putting your knowledge into perspective. It gives a short, but thorough account of Philosphy since ancient Greece. Further Higgins & Solomon do not limit themselves to Western Philosophy, but compare contrast & integrate Egyption, Middle Eastern, African, & Far Eastern philosophies into the history. It is easy to read, and at times the authors have a light sense of humor. I strongly recommend it for anyone who wants to follow the history of thought that so much affects our thinking today.