World Philosophy: A Text with Readings / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 95%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $59.74   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.


Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
0070596743 -New! Still Shrink Wrapped! Perfect for Gift Giving. Ready to ship with professional packaging. 30277

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


This brief and inexpensive paperback provides an introduction to some of the world's great philosophical traditions through original sources. It can be used as a supplement to a traditional western-oriented textbook, or it can stand-alone. Organized by culture (Africa, China, Japan, Native American, Latin America, Arabia, Persia, India, the West), each self-contained chapter is edited by an expert in the area. The editors' extensive introductions to the selections are designed for readers with no previous study of philosophy. Each chapter also contains a pronunciation key, glossary, area map, and suggestions for further readings. An alternate table of contents is provided for world civilization courses.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070596740
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 399
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Solomon is Quincy Lee Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught at Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of California. He is the author of FROM RATIONALISM TO EXISTENTIALISM (Harper & Row, 1972), THE PASSIONS (Doubleday, 1976), IN THE SPIRIT OF HEGEL (Oxford, 1983), ABOUT LOVE (Simon & Schuster, 1988), ETHICS AND EXCELLENCE (Oxford, 1992), NEW WORLD OF BUSINESS (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994), and A PASSION FOR WISDOM (Oxford, 1997), as well as a number of textbooks in general philosophy. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and has taught in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Syllabus for a World Civilization Course


A Life of Aesthetic Refinement: Sei Shonagon, From the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon.

Impermanence as Buddha-Nature: Dogen Kigen, From Shobogenzo-Zuimonki.

The Ubiquitously Mobile Mind: Takuan Soho, From the Unfettered Mind.

Seeing into One's True Nature: Hakuin Ekaku, From the Zen Master Hakuin.

Cut Flowers Suspended in Emptiness: Nishitani Keiji, From "The Japanese Art Arranged Flowers".


An Ambiguity of Order: China and the West. Classical Confucianism: excerpts from The Analects of Confucius; The Book of Mencius; The Hsun Tzu.

Classical Taoism: excerpts from the Lao-tzu; the Chuang-Tzu; the Huai-nan Tzu.

Book of Changes (I Ching): excerpts from the I Ching; Wang Pi, "Commentary on the Book of Changes."

Chinese Marxism: excerpt from Mao Tse-tung, On Contradictions.


Excerpts from the Rg Veda; the Upanishads; the Bhagavad-Gita; the Yoga-sutra; Nagarjuna', "Averting the Arguments"; Madhava, The Charvaka System; the Nyaya-sutra; Sri Aurobindo, The Human Aspiration.


Abu Yusuf Ya-qub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi, from "On God."

Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi, from "On Reason."

Abu Nasr al-Farabi, from "On Hierarchies of Existence" and "On Aristotle's De Interpretatione."

Yahya ibn 'Adi, from "On Cultivation of Character."

Abu 'Ali ibn Sina, from his Autobiography and from "The Soul Does Not Die with the Death of the Body; It IsIncorruptible."

Maimonides, from The Guide of the Perplexed.

Abu al-Walid Ibn Rushd, from "On Creation."


Pre-Islamic Persian Thought: Zoroastrianism: excerpts from Mary Boyce, Zoroastrians; the Gathas; the Avesta: "The Cow's Lament" and "The Two Spirits"; Manichaeism: excerpt from Fihrist of al-Nadim; Mazdakism.

Post-Islamic Persian Thought: Early Islam; The Shi'ites: excerpts from Nasir'i Khusraw, "Speech" and "Free Will and Determination; Sufism: excerpt from Jalaluddin Rumi, Discourses; Suhrawardi and Illuminationism: excerpts from Yahya Suhrawardi, "The Sound of Gabriel's Wing" and "A Tale of Occidental Exile"; Sufi Poetry: excerpts from Jalaluddin Rumi, Divan a Shamsi-Tabriz; Attar, "The Dullard Sage"; Forughi, "Lover's Craft"; Savaji, "The Drunken Universe"; Hashemi, "The Tale of the Uniquely Beautiful. Mirror Maker"; Jalaluddin Rumi, "The Mathnawi"; The School of Esphahan and Ulla Sadra: excerpt from Mulla Sadra, The Wisdom of the Throne; Rhazes' Platonism: excerpt from Rhazes, "On the Philosophic Life."


The Ojibwa Biotic Community: "The Woman Who Married a Beaver" (Traditional Ojibwa Tale); "The Moose and His Offspring" (Traditional Ojibwa Tale).

The Lakota's Relatives: excerpts from John G. Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks; John (Fire) Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes, Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions.

From an Indian Land Aesthetic to a Land Ethic: excerpt from N. Scott Momaday, "A First American Views His Land."


Integrating Life and Death: excerpt from Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude.

An Artistic Vision of Metaphysical Truth: excerpt from Miguel Leon-Portilla, Aztec Thought and Culture.

Latin American Philosophical Identity: excerpt from Augusto Salazar Bondy, The Meaning and Problem of Hispanic American Thought.

Through the Eyes of the Oppressed: excerpt from Gustavo Gutierrez, The Power of the Poor in History.


Ethnophilosophy: excerpt from Placide Franz Tempels, Bantu Philosophy; Leopold Sedar Senghor, "On Negrohood: Psychology of the African Negro."

Professional Philosophy: excerpts from Paulin J. Hountondji, African Philosophy: Myth and Reality; Theophilus Okere, "The Role of Prejudice and the Hermeneutical Circle." Philosophic Sagacity: excerpts from Henry Odera Oruka, "Sagacity in African Philosophy"; J. O. Sopido, Knowledge, Belief, and Witchcraft.

National-Ideological Philosophy: excerpts from Frantz Fanon, Concerning Violence; Kwame Nkrumah, Consciencism.


Ancient ("Pagan") Philosophy: The Presocratics; Socrates: excerpt from Plato, Crito; Plato: excerpt from The Republic; Aristotle: excerpts from Metaphysics and Nicomachean Ethics.

Medieval (Christian) Philosophy: St. Augustine: excerpt from Confessions; The Great Schism; Scholasticism: excerpt from St. Anselm, Proslogion; St. Thomas Aquinas: excerpt from Summa Theologica; Jewish Philosophy; The Reformation.

Modern Philosophy: Descartes: excerpts from Meditations on First Philosophy and Discourse on Method; Empiricism: excerpt from David Hume, Treatise of Human Nature; Rationalism: excerpts from Immanuel Kant, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will Be Able to Come Forward as Science and Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals; Social Philosophy, Hobbes, and Rousseau: excerpts from Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan; Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract.

The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: excerpts from G. W. F. Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit; Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)