Philosophy: A Historical Survey with Essential Readings

Philosophy: A Historical Survey with Essential Readings

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This text brings together Stumpf and Fieser's Socrates to Sartre and Beyond with an updated anthology of readings in one volume. It offers an accessible historical survey of philosophical ideas and a wealth of primary source readings at an excellent value. The text is a comprehensive, historically organized introduction to philosophy which communicates the richness of the discipline and provides the student with a working knowledge of the development of Western philosophy. With a lively and approachable style it covers the principal contributions of Western civilization's most influential philosophers. The chronologically organized reader features a wide selection of readings of both Western philosophy and Eastern philosophy.
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  • Paperback | 1008 pages
  • 165 x 229 x 43mm | 1,218g
  • MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • United States
  • English
  • 9th edition
  • 2 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 007811909X
  • 9780078119095
  • 686,589

Table of contents

StumpfPhilosophy: History and Readings, 9ePart OneANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY,Chapter 1 Socrates&#39s PredecessorsWhat Is Permanent in Existence?The Mathematical Basis of All Things Attempts To Explain ChangeThe AtomistsChapter 2 The Sophists and SocratesThe Sophists Protagoras Gorgias ThrasymachusSocratesSocrates&#39s LifeSocrates as a PhilosopherChapter 3 PlatoPlato&#39s LifeTheory of KnowledgeMoral PhilosophyPolitical PhilosophyView of the CosmosChapter 4 AristotleAristotle&#39s LifeLogicMetaphysicsThe Place of Humans: Physics, Biology, and PsychologyEthicsPoliticsPhilosophy of ArtPart TwoHELLENISTIC AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHYChapter 5 Classical Philosophy after AristotleEpicureanismStoicismSkepticismPlotinusChapter 6 AugustineAugustine&#39s LifeHuman KnowledgeGodThe Created WorldMoral Philosophy JusticeHistory and the Two CitiesChapter 7 Philosophy in the Early Middle AgesBoethiusPseudo-DionysiusErigenaNew Solutions to the Problem of UniversalsAnselm&#39s Ontological ArgumentFaith and Reason in Muslim and Jewish ThoughtChapter 8 Aquinas and His Late Medieval SuccessorsAquinas&#39s LifePhilosophy and TheologyProofs of God&#39s ExistenceKnowledge of God&#39s NatureCreationMorality and Natural LawThe StateHuman Nature and KnowledgeScotus, Ockham, and EckhartPart ThreeEARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHYChapter 9 Philosophy during the RenaissanceThe Closing of the Middle AgesHumanism and the Italian RenaissanceThe ReformationSkepticism and FaithThe Scientific RevolutionBaconHobbesChapter 10 Rationalism on the ContinentDescartesSpinozaLeibnizChapter 11 Empiricism in BritainLockeBerkeleyHumeChapter 12 Enlightenment PhilosophyDeism and AtheismRousseauReidPart FourLATE MODERN AND NINETEENTHCENTURY PHILOSOPHYChapter 13 KantKant&#39s LifeThe Shaping of Kant&#39s ProblemKant&#39s Critical Philosophy and His Copernican RevolutionThe Structure of Rational ThoughtPractical ReasonAesthetics: The BeautifulChapter 14 German IdealismKant&#39s Impact On German Thought HegelSchopenhauerChapter 15 Utilitarianism and PositivismBenthamJohn Stuart MillComteChapter 16 Kierkegaard, Marx, and NietzscheKierkegaardMarxNietzschePart FiveTWENTIETH CENTURYAND CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHYChapter 17 Pragmatism and Process PhilosophyPragmatismPeirce JamesDeweyProcess PhilosophyBergsonWhiteheadChapter 18 Analytic PhilosophyRussellRussell&#39s MissionLogical AtomismProblems with Logical AtomismLogical PositivismWittgensteinAustinChapter 19 Phenomenology and ExistentialismHusserlHeideggerReligious ExistentialismSartreMerleau-PontyChapter 20 Recent PhilosophyThe Mind-Body ProblemRortyVirtue Theory RevisitedContinental PhilosophyPolitical Philosophy
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About Samuel Enoch Stumpf

Samuel Enoch Stumpf was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Emeritus Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University prior to his death in 1998, at the age of eighty. He earned a B.S. in Business and Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles, a B.D. in Theology from Andover Newton Theological School, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1948 and served as Chair of the Philosophy Department from 1952 to 1967. After a five-year term as President of Cornell College, Professor Stumpf returned to Vanderbilt, where he remained until his retirement in 1984. Professor Stumpfs publications include Democratic Manifesto (1954), Morality and the Law (1966), and four McGraw-Hill textbooks: Socrates to Sartre: A History of Philosophy (1966; 6th ed., posthumous, 1999); Philosophical Readings: Selected Problems (1971; 4th ed., 1994); Philosophy: History and Problems (1971; 5th ed., 1994); and Elements of Philosophy: An Introduction (1979; 3rd ed., 1993).

James Fieser is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his B.A. from Berea College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University. He is author, co-author or editor of ten textbooks, including Philosophy: A Historical Survey with Essential Readings (9/e 2014), Scriptures of the World's Religions (5/e 2014), Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong (7/e 2012), Business Ethics and the Bottom Line (2012), A Historical Introduction to Philosophy (2003), and Moral Philosophy through the Ages (2001). He has edited and annotated the ten-volume Early Responses to Hume (2/e 2005) and the five-volume Scottish Common Sense Philosophy (2000). He is founder and general editor of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy web site ( His personal website can be accessed at
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