The Great Philosophers

The Great Philosophers : An Introduction to Western Philosophy

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This work is based on a BBC television series also entitled "The Great Philosophers" and aims to provide an accessible introduction to the concepts of Western philosophy and to some of its greatest thinkers from Plato to the present day. The conversational format is intended to keep the discussion lively and clear, even when it concerns difficult ideas. Starting with the death of Socrates in 399 BC and the subsequent writings of Plato, it continues with Aristotle and the medieval philosophers, the writings of (among others) Descartes, Locke and Kant, and then on to the 20th century and the ideas of recent figures, such as Heidegger, Bertrand Russell and more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 18mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192822012
  • 9780192822017

About Bryan Magee

About the Author Bryan Magee is a writer, critic, and broadcaster whose books include Men of Ideas and Modern British more

Table of contents

Plato, Myles Burnyeat (Professor of Ancient Philosophy, University of Cambridge); Aristotle, Martha Nussbaum (Professor of Philosophy and Classics, Brown University); medieval philosophy, Anthony Kenny (Master of Balliol College, University of Oxford); Descartes, Bernard Williams (Professor of Philosophy, University of California); Spinoza and Leibniz, Anthony Quinton (Chairman of the British Library); Locke and Berkeley, Michael Ayers (Fellow of Wadham College, University of Oxford); Hume, John Passmore (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University); Kant, Geoffrey Warnock (Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford); Hegel and Marx, Peter Singer (Professor of Philosophy, Monash University); Schopenhauer, Frederick Copleston (Emeritus Professor of the History of Philosophy, University of London); Nietzsche, J.P.Stern (Professor of German, University of London); Husserl, Heidegger and modern existentialism, Hubert Dreyfus (Professor of Philosophy, University of California); the American pragmatists, Sidney Morgenbesser (Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University); Frege, Russell and modern logic, A.J.Ayer (formerly Professor of Logic, University of Oxford); Wittgenstein, (John Searle, Professor of Philosophy, University of California).show more

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Based on a BBC television series of the same name, The Great Philosophers provides an excellent introduction to major philosophical thinkers from Socrates to the present day. Distinguished contemporary philosophers are interviewed about great thinkers of the past. The result is a series of dialogues - a form of writing particularly suited to clarifying philosophical issues and skilfully handled by Magee. Review by Nigel Warburton, whose books include 'Philosophy: The Basics' (Kirkus UK)show more

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