The Great Philosophers

The Great Philosophers : From Socrates to Turing

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 40mm | 458.14g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753811367
  • 9780753811368
  • 161,740

About Ray Monk

Ray Monk is a lecturer in philosophy at Southampton University and the acclaimed biographer of Russell and Wittgenstein. Frederic Raphael took a degree in philosophy from Cambridge, and is the author of numerous novels, screenplays and translations. He is a specialist in the philosophy of the ancient more

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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)show more

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