Philosophic Classics:from Plato to Derrida

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9780130215321: Philosophic Classics:from Plato to Derrida

For one-semester courses in Introduction to Philosophy, History of Philosophy survey, or History of Intellectual Thought.

  • This anthology of readings in the survey of Western philosophy—from the Ancient Greeks to the 20th Century—is designed to be accessible to today's students. Striking a balance between major and minor figures, it features the best available translations of texts—complete works or complete selections of works—which are both central to each philosopher's thought and are widely accepted as part of the “canon.” The selections are readable and accessible, while still being faithful to the original. Introductions to each historical period and to each philosopher, and an abundance of drawings, diagrams, photographs, and a timeline keep students focused throughout.
  • This Combined Volume contains the most important works from Baird's Philosophic Classics, Volumes I- V.

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"Students with little or no background in philosophy would likely find it difficult—if not impossible—to comprehend the works of many of the philosophers addressed in [each] volume on their own. However, this text's informative introductions and careful selection of readings make it possible for students to get a foothold in their primary texts....[S]tudents are afforded the opportunity to engage with the works of these illustrious but often inscrutable thinkers." — Jennifer McMahon, CentreCollege


"This collection is by far the best I have seen in this area....And I certainly prefer having all of my material together in one text rather than having students purchase half a dozen books, which then still require supplementation. I cannot imagine a better format or selection of materials that would tempt me away from this collection for another." — Ted Toadvine, EmporiaState University

From the Back Cover:

Forrest Baird's revisions of Philosophic Classics, Prentice Hall's long-standing philosophy series, continue the tradition begun in 1961, to provide generations of students with anthologies of high quality in the history of Western philosophy. Using the complete works or, where appropriate, complete sections of works, this series allows philosophers to speak directly to students.

This series includes texts central to the thinker's own philosophy, using the best available translations. Introductions to each reading are divided into three sections:

  • Biographical – Provides a glimpse into the life of the philosopher;
  • Philosophical – Presents a résumé of the philosopher's thought; and
  • Bibliographical – Offers suggestions for further reading.

In addition, drawings, photographs, and time lines help put the readings into context. In short, every effort has been made to help the reader understand primary source materials.

Philosophic Classics is available in the following versions:

  • Volume I: Ancient Philosophy Fourth Edition, c2003 (0-13-048556-X)
  • Volume II: Medieval Philosophy, Fourth Edition, c2003 (0-13-048557-8)
  • Volume III: Modern Philosophy, Fourth Edition, c2003 (0-13-048558-6)
  • Volume IV: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; Third Edition, c2003 (0-13-048550-0)
  • Volume V: Twentieth-Century Philosophy Third Edition, c2003 (013-048563-2)
  • From Plato to Derrida, Combined Edition, Fourth Edition, c2003 (0-13-048561-6)

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