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2nd Edition

Fifty Major Philosophers

ISBN 9780415346092
Published May 25, 2006 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

A comprehensive update of the best-selling first edition, this revitalized new text presents readers with a series of clear, well-written entries focusing on fifty of the most influential philosophers from the last two thousand years.

Chosen to present the traditional mainstream of European philosophy, the text also provides a critical survey that meets the needs of readers seeking a broad basic understanding as well as a foundation for further philosophical enquiry.

Encompassing a wide range of ancient, medieval and modern philosophers, features of the second edition include:

  • new entries on Dewey, Collingwood, Popper, Quine, Merleau-Ponty, Ayer and Rawls
  • a thorough revision of existing entries
  • a complete update of the further reading section
  • an expanded glossary
  • the addition of an alphabetical table of contents and an index for ease of use.

Authoritative and highly readable, this book is a vital reference tool for all those wishing to improve their understanding of some of the world’s most fascinating intellectual figures.

Table of Contents

Thales  Pythagoras  Heraclitus  Parmenides  Zeno  Socrates  Democritus  Plato  Aristotle  Plotinus  Augustine  Maimonides  Aquinas  Duns  Scotus  Ockham  Machiavelli  Bacon  Galileo  Hobbes  Descartes  Spinoza  Locke  Leibniz  Berkeley Hume  Rousseau  Kant  Bentham  Hegel  Schopenhauer  Mill  Kierkegaard  Marx  Peirce  James  Nietzsche  Frege  Husserl  Russell  Moore  Wittgenstein  Collingwood  Heidegger  Popper  Quine  Merleau-Ponty  Ayer  Rawls  Sartre  Glossary

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Diané Collinson was formerly Senior Lecturer and Staff Tutor in Philosophy at the Open University. She is a co-author of Fifty Eastern Thinkers and 100 Twentieth-Century Philosophers.

Kathryn Plant teaches at Cardiff University and is a co-author of Fifty Eastern Thinkers.