Philosophy and Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy (Penguin Philosophy)

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9780140124934: Philosophy and Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy (Penguin Philosophy)

This introduction to the major philosophers and schools is philosopher based rather than topic based. The book discusses figures from the pre-Socratics to the 20th century and includes an up-to-date bibliography to advise readers on what to expect from the available literature.

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"Shand writes with great clarity and simplicity, with sparing use of jargon. His methods will make it easy for beginners to identify from scratch a plausible outline of what is going on in a particular philosopher's arguments, so that they can go on to other books for more detail and for presentation of the problems with some usable idea of which way is up. A useful addition to the first-year reading list." - Philosophical Quarterly "a concise and readily surveyable account of the history of Western philosophy... it succeeds in being both an illuminating introduction to the history of philosophy for someone who has little prior knowledge of the subject and a valuable source of guidance to a more experienced student." - Times Literary Supplement "succeeds in nimbly tying autonomous episodes of Western thought into a coherent whole ... the selected philosophers and their work are examined rigorously and evenhandedly, including explanations of the standard objections and counterarguments." - Philosophical Books

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"The book is clear, astute, and rightly self-confident. It surveys all of the central and fundamental history of philosophy, but comes close enough to the great arguments and doctrines to introduce them effectively to a questioning reader. Plato, Hume, Wittgenstein, and the other makers of philosophy appear as they were, not as types of thinkers, but individual thinkers. What they believed and why is brought firmly into view." Ted Honderich, Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic, University College London.

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