Great Conservation: Historical Introduction to Philosophy 6th edition (9780195397611) - Textbooks.com Skip to main content
Great Conservation: Historical Introduction to Philosophy

Great Conservation: Historical Introduction to Philosophy - 6th edition

Great Conservation: Historical Introduction to Philosophy - 6th edition

ISBN13: 9780195397611
ISBN10: 0195397614
Great Conservation: Historical Introduction to Philosophy by Norman Melchert - ISBN 9780195397611
Edition: 6TH 11
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published:
International: No
Great Conservation: Historical Introduction to Philosophy by Norman Melchert - ISBN 9780195397611
ISBN13: 9780195397611
ISBN10: 0195397614
Edition: 6TH 11
Well, that's no good. Unfortunately, this edition is currently out of stock. Please check back soon.

Shop Us With Confidence

Summary

Now in its sixth edition, this historically organized introductory text treats philosophy as a dramatic and continuous story--a conversation about humankind's deepest and most persistent concerns. Tracing the exchange of ideas among history's key philosophers, The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Sixth Edition, demonstrates that while constructing an argument or making a claim, one philosopher almost always has others in mind. The book addresses the fundamental questions of human life: Who are we? What can we know? How should we live? and What sort of reality do we inhabit?

The sixth edition retains the distinctive feature of previous editions: author Norman Melchert provides a generous selection of excerpts from major philosophical works and makes them more easily understandable to students with his lucid and engaging explanations. Ranging from the Pre-Socratics to Derrida, Quine, and Dennett, the selections are organized historically and include four complete works: Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito, and Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy. The author's commentary offers a rich intellectual and cultural context for the philosophical ideas conveyed in the excerpts. Extensive cross-referencing shows students how philosophers respond appreciatively or critically to the thoughts of other philosophers. The text is enhanced by two types of exercises--"Basic Questions" and "For Further Thought"--and fifty illustrations.

NEW TO THE SIXTH EDITION:

* Coverage of Taoism, Iris Murdoch, and Zen
* An expanded portrait of Jean-Paul Sartre
* A more concise, single-chapter treatment of Wittgenstein (Chapter 22)
* Key terms, boldfaced throughout and listed at chapter ends
* Brief and provocative quotations that stimulate thought and provoke questions
* A new section on how to read philosophy
* A new appendix: Writing a Philosophy Paper
* A two-color format that enhances the text's visual appeal
* A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/melchert featuring resources for students including key points, flashcards, multiple-choice questions, and Internet resources

The Great Conversation, Sixth Edition, is also available in two paperback volumes to suit your course needs. Volume I: Pre-Socratics through Descartes includes chapters 1-13 of the combined volume, while Volume II: Descartes through Derrida and Quine includes chapters 12-25.