Ten Great Works of Philosophy

Author Various
Mass Market Paperback
$8.95 US
4.2"W x 6.65"H x 1.32"D  
On sale Mar 01, 2002 | 592 Pages | 978-0-451-52830-8
| Grades 9-12 + AP/IB
In its vast scope, this book presents the continuum of Western philosophy. Ranging from ancient Greece to nineteenth-century America, it traces the history of our civilization through the seminal works of its most influential thinkers. Each philosopher in this volume made intellectual history; each created a revolution in ideas; each reaffirmed man’s view of himself as a sentient being capable of creating order out of the baffling contradictions of existence. And the most powerful reflections and speculations of each are represented here.

  • Plato: Apology, Crito and the Death of Socrates, from Phado

  • Aristotle: Poetics

  • St. Ansem: The ontological Proof of St. Ansem, from Proslogium

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: St. Thomas’ Proofs of God’s Existence, from the SummaTheologica

  • René Descartes: Meditations on the First Philosophy

  • David Hume: An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding

  • Immanuel Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

  • John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism

  • William James: The Will to Believe

  • The improbable life story of Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) included a peculiarly gothic childhood in Ireland during which he was successively abandoned by his mother, his father and his guardian; two decades in the United States, where he worked as a journalist and was sacked for marrying a former slave; and a long period in Japan, where he married a Japanese woman and wrote about Japanese society and aesthetics for a Western readership. His ghost stories, which were drawn from Japanese folklore and influenced by Buddhist beliefs, appeared in collections throughout the 1890s and 1900s. He is a much celebrated figure in Japan. View titles by Various
    Ten Great Works of Philosophy Introductory Remarks to the Reader
    Plato: Apology; Crito and the Dath of Socrates, from Phaedo
    Aristotle: Politics
    St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas: Proofs for the Existence of God: The Ontological Proof of St. Anselm, from Proslogium; St. Thomas' Proofs of God's Existence, from The Summa Theologica
    Renée Descartes: Meditations on the First Philosophy
    David Hume: An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
    Immanuel Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
    John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism
    William James: The Will to Believe

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    In its vast scope, this book presents the continuum of Western philosophy. Ranging from ancient Greece to nineteenth-century America, it traces the history of our civilization through the seminal works of its most influential thinkers. Each philosopher in this volume made intellectual history; each created a revolution in ideas; each reaffirmed man’s view of himself as a sentient being capable of creating order out of the baffling contradictions of existence. And the most powerful reflections and speculations of each are represented here.

  • Plato: Apology, Crito and the Death of Socrates, from Phado

  • Aristotle: Poetics

  • St. Ansem: The ontological Proof of St. Ansem, from Proslogium

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: St. Thomas’ Proofs of God’s Existence, from the SummaTheologica

  • René Descartes: Meditations on the First Philosophy

  • David Hume: An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding

  • Immanuel Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

  • John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism

  • William James: The Will to Believe

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    The improbable life story of Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) included a peculiarly gothic childhood in Ireland during which he was successively abandoned by his mother, his father and his guardian; two decades in the United States, where he worked as a journalist and was sacked for marrying a former slave; and a long period in Japan, where he married a Japanese woman and wrote about Japanese society and aesthetics for a Western readership. His ghost stories, which were drawn from Japanese folklore and influenced by Buddhist beliefs, appeared in collections throughout the 1890s and 1900s. He is a much celebrated figure in Japan. View titles by Various

    Table of Contents

    Ten Great Works of Philosophy Introductory Remarks to the Reader
    Plato: Apology; Crito and the Dath of Socrates, from Phaedo
    Aristotle: Politics
    St. Anselm and St. Thomas Aquinas: Proofs for the Existence of God: The Ontological Proof of St. Anselm, from Proslogium; St. Thomas' Proofs of God's Existence, from The Summa Theologica
    Renée Descartes: Meditations on the First Philosophy
    David Hume: An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
    Immanuel Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
    John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism
    William James: The Will to Believe

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