Great Thinkers of the Western World: The Major Ideas and Classic Works of More Than 100 Outstanding Western Philosophers, Physical and Social Scientists, Psychologists, Religious Writers and Theologians

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Great Thinkers of the Western World is a concise and authoritative guide to the principal theoretical ideas of the outstanding thinkers in Western history. From Parmenides to Albert Camus, theses men and women have profoundly influenced the development of Western civilization through their theories and revolutionary ideas and by providing intellectual, scientific or spiritual illumination.

Articles on 116 thinkers are arranged chronologically, making it essay for readers to follow and appreciate the development of ideas from the early Greeks through the first half of the twentieth century. Each article provides basic biographical information, a list of the thinker's major works, a summary of his or her principal ideas, an essay explaining the thinker's most significant theories and indicating his or her place in the history of thought and a brief bibliography of further readings.

An absorbing, accessible and highly informative introduction to the greatest minds of Western civilization, Great Thinkers of the Western World improves our understanding of Western thought and how it evolved.

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Ian P. McGreal received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University. Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, he has also taught at Brown, Southern Methodist University and the University of Maryland. His books include The Art of Making Choices, Analyzing Philosophical Arguments, Problems of Ethics, Great Thinkers of the Western World and Great Thinkers of the Eastern World. In association with Frank N. Magill, he edited Masterpices of World Philosophy, Masterpieces of Christian Literature and Masterpieces of Christian Spirituality.

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