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Passion for Wisdom : A Very Brief History of Philosophy

Passion for Wisdom : A Very Brief History of Philosophy - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195112092

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ISBN13: 978-0195112092
ISBN10: 0195112091
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1997
International: No

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Passion for Wisdom : A Very Brief History of Philosophy - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195112092

Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins

ISBN13: 978-0195112092
ISBN10: 0195112091
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Readers eager to acquire a basic familiarity with the history of philosophy but intimidated by the task will find in A Passion for Wisdom a lively, accessible, and highly enjoyable tour of the world's great ideas. Here, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins tell the story of philosophy's development with great clarity and refreshing wit.

The authors begin with the most ancient religious beliefs of the east and west and bring us right up to the feminist and multicultural philosophies of the present. Along the way, they highlight major philosophers, from Plato and Buddha to William James and Simone de Beauvoir, and explore major categories, from metaphysics and ethics to politics and logic. The book is enlivened as well by telling anecdotes and sparkling quotations. Among many memorable observations, we're treated to Thomas Hobbes' assessment that life is "nasty, brutish, and short" and Hegel's description of Napoleon as "world history on horseback." Engaging, comprehensive, and delightfully written, A Passion for Wisdom is a splendid introduction to an intellectual tradition that reaches back over three thousand years.

Author Bio

Solomon, Robert C. : University of Texas at Austin

Robert C. Solomon is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. This is their seventh book together.


Higgins, Kathleen M. : University of Texas at Austin

Kathleen M. Higgins is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. This is their seventh book together.