The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Philosophy

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You're no idiot, of course. You know the difference between Confucius and confusion and that Plato isn't something kids play with. But when it comes to telling your Hegel from your Schlegel or Phenomenology from Existentialism, things get a little more complicated. Socrates's adage, "The only thing I know is that I know nothing," doesn't have to be yours! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy, Second Edition, is a comprehensive reference to the essential ideas, most important figures, and evolution of ...
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Overview

You're no idiot, of course. You know the difference between Confucius and confusion and that Plato isn't something kids play with. But when it comes to telling your Hegel from your Schlegel or Phenomenology from Existentialism, things get a little more complicated. Socrates's adage, "The only thing I know is that I know nothing," doesn't have to be yours! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy, Second Edition, is a comprehensive reference to the essential ideas, most important figures, and evolution of philosophy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641533099
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Nuts and Bolts of Philosophy 1
1 The Big Picture 3
2 Being There 9
3 What There Is to Know About Knowing 17
4 How to Act 27
Part 2 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 35
5 Golden Oldies 37
6 The Philosopher King 49
7 A Sense of Purpose 59
8 Ancient Hardheads 71
9 God and Knowledge 81
Part 3 Eastern Philosophy 93
10 Far Eastern Philosophy 95
11 Indian Philosophy 105
12 Middle Eastern Religious Philosophy 113
Part 4 Making Progress 123
13 People People (Renaissance Humanism) 125
14 Science Rises from the Mud 135
15 Men and Women of Substance 145
16 Learning by Observing 155
17 Light on the Subject 167
18 Wheeling and Idealing 175
19 Ideas of Freedom 187
Part 5 Modern Philosophy 197
20 New Fields of Thought: Psych, Sosh, and Anthro 199
21 Works for Me 209
22 The New Logic 217
23 Let's Get Critical 227
24 To Be or Not To Be 235
25 Structuring New Ideas 243
Part 6 Knowledge Now 253
26 Pomo Sapience 255
27 Women Get Wise 265
28 The Shift Is On 275
Appendixes
A Words for the Wise 285
B Further Reading: More Food for Thought 295
Index 297
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