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A brief history of philosophy : from Socrates to Derrida

Author: Derek Johnston
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
An introduction to the fascinating and challenging world of philosophy, this text examines 18 key thinkers - from Socrates to Derrida - placing each in their historical and cultural contexts.
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Genre/Form: History
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Johnston
ISBN: 0826490204 9780826490209 0826490190 9780826490193
OCLC Number: 64555497
Description: 211 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Socrates and Plato : the fire and the sun --
Aristotle : the spirit of rational enquiry --
Epicurus and Zeno : how to lead a good life --
Thomas Aquinas : the unified interpretation of reality --
René Descartes : systematic doubt as a philosophical method --
Locke and Montesquieu : the liberal state --
Benedict de Spinoza : rigorous thought and severe conclusions --
David Hume : empirical verification --
Immanuel Kant : the critique of reason --
Karl Marx : the march of history --
Friedrich Nietzsche : the will to power --
Ludwig Wittgenstein : language and reality --
Martin Heidegger : we have forgotten being --
Jean-Paul Sartre : existentialist anguish --
Jacques Derrida : deconstructing reality.
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Offering an introduction to the subject of philosophy, this book is suitable for teenagers and students coming to philosophy for the first time, and also for those who doesn't know where to start. It  Read more...
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