Phil Washburn The Many Faces of Wisdom

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The Many Faces of Wisdom

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For one-semester courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Western Political Thought, and History of Philosophy.

This broad and readable text makes use of 16 essays on great philosophers to explore and answer the question: “What is philosophy?” It describes each philosopher's life project, his or her motivating vision, and the various theories and concepts resulting from that central insight.

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"I know many professors whose students would benefit a great deal from the type of book Washburn and his colleagues are putting together....The essays on Plato and Confucius were superlative — really clear, faithful to the spirit of each philosopher, fascinating, and beautifully written. The Kant essay was excellent...." — Douglas A. Gilmour, University of the Incarnate Word

"I found that the writers made the material very interesting....This text is a page-turner." — Christopher Trogan, The Julliard School

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"What is philosophy?" This question guides the sixteen original essays, written by teachers for students, which compose this new introductory philosophy text. Each essay presents one great philosopher's unique vision of the nature of philosophy, and the collection illustrates the diversity of approaches that make philosophy perennially fascinating, and that make the great philosophers our contemporaries. Phil Washburn and his colleagues have produced a set of interesting, readable, and substantial commentaries, each uniform in style and design, which give readers a rich, multifaceted understanding of the meaning of philosophy.

The philosophers included in this collection include: Confucius, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, James, Wittgenstein and Beauvoir.

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