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2nd Edition

Philosophy: The Classics

ISBN 9780415239974
Published April 6, 2001 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

The second edition of this best-seller includes four entirely new chapters on classics by Boethius, Machiavelli, Spinoza and Rawls. In his inimitable style, Nigel Warburton takes us on a guided tour through philosophy's greatest works, from Plato's Republic to Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. Each chapter explores a key classic text, identifying and explaining core themes as well as subjecting them to critical scrutiny.
These classic texts deal with problems that are as important today as when they were written, and Philosophy: The Classics offers an accessible introduction for all those who hesitated to approach them - until now.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Plato The Republic
2. Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics
3. Boethius The Consolations of Philosophy
4. Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince
5. René Descartes Meditations
6. Baruch de Spinoza Ethics
7. Thomas Hobbes Leviathan
8. John Locke An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
9. John Locke Second Treatise on Civil Government
10. David Hume An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
11. David Hume Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
12. Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract
13. Immanuel Kant The Critique of Pure Reason
14. Immanuel Kant The Groundwork to the Metaphysic of Morals
15. Schopenhauer The World as Will and Idea
16. John Stuart Mill Utilitarianism
17. John Stuart Mill On Liberty
18. Soren Kierkegaard Either/Or
19. Karl Marx and Frederick Engels The German Ideology, Part One
20. Friederich Nietzsche On the Genealogy of Morality
21. A.J. Ayer Language, Truth and Logic
22. Jean-Paul Sartre Being and Nothingness
23. John Rawls A Theory of Justice
24. Ludwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations
Index (including key concepts)

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'Nigel Warburton rises to the challenge with admirable skill' - Roger Scruton, The Times