Philosophy History and Readings

ISBN-10: 0073535761

ISBN-13: 9780073535760

Edition: 8th 2012

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This text 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 topically organized reader features a chronological organization within the topics and a wide selection of readings. Primarily a selection of Western philosophy, the fifth edition also includes classic Eastern philosophy texts.
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List price: $192.67
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 4/21/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 960
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

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 Stumpf’s 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 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 SOCRATES TO SARTRE AND BEYOND (9/e 2011), ETHICAL THEORY: CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY READINGS (6/e 2010), 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 website (

Socrates to Sartre and Beyond: A History of Philosophy
Preface to Socrates to Sartre and Beyond
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Socrates's Predecessors
The Sophists and Socrates
Hellenistic and Medieval Philosophy
Classical Philosophy After Aristotle
Philosophy in the Early Middle Ages
Aquinas and his Late Medieval Successors
Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophy during the Renaissance
Rationalism on the Continent
Empiricism in Britain
Enlightenment Philosophy
Late Modern and Nineteenth Century Philosophy
German Idealism
Utilitarianism and Positivism
Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche
Twentieth Century and Contemporary Philosophy
Pragmatism and Process Philosophy
Analytic Philosophy
Phenomenology and Existentialism
Recent Philosophy
Appendix: Classical Eastern Philosophy: Hinduism, Buddhism,Confucianism, Daoism
Glossary of Key Concepts
Classic Readings in the History of Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Presocratic Philosophy: Ultimate Reality (from Fragments)
Plato: Does God Create Morality? (from Euthyphro, complete)
Plato: A Life Worth Living (from The Apology, complete)
Plato: Obedience to the State (from Crito, complete)
Plato: Knowledge and Immortality of the Soul (from The Republic and Phaedo)
Aristotle: Nature, the Soul, Moral Virtue and Society (from Physics, Metaphysics, On the Soul, Nicomachean Ethics, and Politics)
Hellenistic and Medieval Philosophy
Epicurus: Pleasure and Life's Aim (from Letter to Menoeceus, complete)
Lucretius: The Mind as Body (from On the Nature Of Things)
Epictetus: Resigning Oneself to Fate (from Handbook)
Sextus Empiricus: The Goals and Methods of Skepticism (from Outlines of Pyrrhonism)
Augustine: On Skepticism, The Two Cities and Our Primary Good (from On the Trinity, City of God and Of the Morals of the Catholic Church)
Anselm: The Ontological Argument (from Proslogium)
Thomas Aquinas: God's Existence and Natural Law (from Summa Theologica)
Early Modern Philosophy
Blaise Pascal: Wagering on Belief in God (from Thoughts)
Thomas Hobbes: The Social Contract (from De Cive)
Ren Descartes: Certainty and the Mind (from Meditations and The Passions of the Soul)
Anne Conway: Blurring the Distinction between Mind and Body (from Principles)
John Locke: The Origin of All Our Ideas in Experience (from Essay concerning Human Understanding)
George Berkeley: Consciousness, Not Matter, the True Reality (from Three Dialogues)
David Hume: The Self, Experience, Determinism, Miracles and God's Existence (from Treatise Enquiry, and Dialogues concerning Natural Religion)
Voltaire: On the Best of All Possible Worlds (from Philosophical Dictionary)
Thomas Reid: The Argument for Free Will from Commonsense Beliefs (from Essays On The Active Powers Of Man)
Mary Wollstonecraft: The Rights of Women (from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman)
William Paley: The Design Argument from Analogy Defended (from Natural Theology)
Late Modern and Nineteenth Century
Immanuel Kant: Pure Reason and the Categorical Imperative (from The Critique Of Pure Reason and Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals)
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Lordship-Bondage and World History (from Phenomenology of Spirit and The Philosophy of Right)
Sren Kierkegaard: Faith and Paradox (from Fear and Trembling)
John Stuart Mill: Liberty and Utilitarianism (from On Liberty and Utilitarianism)
Karl Marx: The Clash of Class Interests (from Manifesto of the Communist Party)
Friederich Nietzsche: Turning Values Upside Down (from Beyond Good and Evil, The Twilight Of The Idols, and The Will To Power)
Leo Tolstoy: The Aim of Life (from My Confession)
Twentieth Century and Contemporary
William James: Free Will and Pragmatism (from The Dilemma of Determinism and Pragmatism)
Bertrand Russell: Appearance and Reality (from Problems of Philosophy)
Arthur Eddington: Commonsense Knowledge and Scientific Knowledge (from The Nature of The Physical World)
Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialism and Humanism (from Existentialism Is a Humanism)
Willard Van Orman Quine: Two Dogmas of Empiricism (from "Two Dogmas of Empiricism")
John Rawls: Justice as Fairness (from "Justice as Fairness")
Reading 7
Carol Gilligan: Is There a Characteristically Feminine Voice Defining Morality? (from "In a Different Voice")
James Rachels: The Challenge of Cultural Relativism (from Elements of Moral Philosophy)
Daniel Dennett: How to Protect Human Dignity from Science (from "How to Protect Human Dignity from Science")
APPENDIX: Classical Eastern Philosophy: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism (from various primary texts)
Glossary of Key Concepts
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