The Great Philosophers: From Socrates to Turing

The Great Philosophers: From Socrates to Turing


Edited by Ray Monk, Edited by Frederic Raphael

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The Great Philosophers in one volume: the widely acclaimed series on the greatest philosophers by specialists writing for the general reader. The Great Philosophers brings together in one volume and in chronological order the best from our hugely successful series: Anthony Gottlieb on Socrates; Bernard Williams on Plato; John Cottingham on Descartes; Roger Scruton on Spinoza; David Berman on Berkeley; Anthony Quinton on Hume; Terry Eagleton on Marx; Ray Monk on Russell; Jonathan Ree on Heidegger; Peter Hacker on Wittgenstein; Frederic Raphael on Popper Andrew Hodges on Turing.

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Frederic Raphael was born in Chicago in 1931. He was educated at Charterhouse and St. John's College in Cambridge where he was a major scholar in Classics. He has written nineteen novels. His other works include translations, essays and radio plays. He is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times literary and travel pages. He is married with three children. He divides his time between France and England.

Editorial reviews

A single volume collection of essays that were originally published as individual monographs, introductory guides to some of the world's greatest philosophers, such as Socrates, Descartes and Russell by some of the world's leading contemporary thinkers, including Roger Scruton (on Spinoza), Jonathan Ree on Heidegger and Terry Eagleton on Marx (an unusual inclusion). As well as providing an introduction to their subject's life and work, each author was also asked to examine in closer detail a particular aspect of their thinking so, for example, Ray Monk explores Bertrand Russell's relationship with mathematics, while Terry Eagleton discusses Marx's views on freedom. This concentration on ideas (rather than, say, history) provides a fresh and engaging way into philosophy as it is practised and lends the subject an admirable immediacy. (Kirkus UK)