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Philosophy: The Classics [Paperback]

Nigel Warburton
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16 May 2006 0415356296 978-0415356299 3rd

In his exemplary clear style, Warburton introduces and assesses twenty-seven philosophical classics from Plato’s Republic to Rawls’ A Theory of Justice. For the third edition there is  new text design and revised further reading make this the ideal book for all students, while three new chapters on Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, Russell’s The Problems of Philosophy and Sartre’s Existentialism and Humanism mean that all the A Level set texts are covered.

This brisk and invigorating tour through the great books of western philosophy explores the works of Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Schopenhauer, Mill, Kierkegaard, Marx and Engels, Nietzsche, Russell, Ayer, Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Rawls.

Offering twenty-seven guidebooks for the price of one, this is the most comprehensive introduction to philosophers and their texts currently available.


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3rd edition (16 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415356296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415356299
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Warburton (1962 - ). Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher and podcaster and bestselling author of several popular introductory Philosophy books including A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: The Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, and The Art Question. He has also co-edited two books based on his popular Philosophy podcast which he makes with David Edmonds 'Philosophy Bites'. On Twitter he his @philosophybites, and he runs the weblogs Virtual Philosopher and Art and Allusion. His other podcasts include Social Science Bites, Free Speech Bites, Everyday Philosophy, and Philosophy: The Classics - all available on iTunes.

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'The challenge is to convey to the modern reader the perennial freshness of ideas which might otherwise be clouded by historical scholarship. Nigel Warburton rises to the challenge with admirable skill.' – The Times

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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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As an undergradute philosophy student I have to confess that this book has been my bible for the last two years. It covers nealy all of the most important philosophical works fom Plato through to Ayer. It gives a detailed breakdown of the text and then gives general objections to the theories made. Whether like me you are studying philsophy, or are just interested in the subject, this is a fantastic explanation of the greatest ideas ever expressed.
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By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is one of the most accessible introductions to western philosophy that I've come across. There are lucid accounts of 27 classic works of philosophy from Plato's Republic to John Rawl's A Theory of Justice. This 3rd edition(2006) includes three new chapters on Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy and Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism and Humanism. At the end of each short chapter there's a glossary and suggestions for further reading.
Any newcomer to philosophy could do no better than get hold of a copy of this marvellous and beautifully written book.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what a cool book! 10 Dec 1998
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Warburton gives simple and accessible introduction to his "top 20" philosophy classics. The chapters tell you what you need to know about the books and even motivate you to actually READ some of the original works. Bibliographies in each chapter give accessible works to look at next. A well done job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent! 15 Dec 2003
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Warbuton always writes well, a clear and very readable summary of each Philosopher's work is given in a series of essays.
This is an excellent introduction and useful to students who want a quick overview for essays and exams.
Thoroughly recommended.The addition of the essay on Rawls in the second edition is particularly useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but Effective 11 Mar 2002
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This book,in my opinion, simplifies the main issues to be found in the most important Philosophical works of the world. It gives a fools gide to philosophy which does not try to confuse the reader with long words and confusing concepts. It is worth using this book as a reference guide to a particular book that you are reading. In addition, I found the Glossary and Further reading sections at the end of each peice very useful in summing up what each book is about.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This is a really good introduction to Philosophy for the lay person (like me) : it devotes a chapter (10 or so pages) to some of the most important Philosophical works throughout history : from Plato to Rawls. It's a great book to appreciate the ideas of the great thinkers, such that you can then dive off into the detail of those that interest you.

It is written in plain language, clearly articulated and with a glossary/summary at the end of each chapter. It assumes no prior Philosphical knowledge and is very readable : it took me only 2 days to read it cover to cover. . Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars General Philosophy 22 July 2009
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Not being a student or particularly young I have always had an interest in philosophy and religion and tried over the years to understand a few trends in philosophy. This book is a good summary of the concepts of many of the better known philosophers giving an insight into how and why they arrived at their points of view. It also allows the reader to quantify their own beliefs and see the total diversity of opinion. Helps to bring a sense of reality into the thought process and is a very interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A excellant book for those wanting to get to the basics of philosophy
Thius book brings the theories of our major philosophers into the common sphere. Nigel Warburton has a style of writting that is down to earth and excellant a explaining what can... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by A J Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars From Plato to Rawls
I decided to buy this book after reading Nigel Warburton's introduction to philosophy , "Philosophy-The Basics", which I found to be accessible and understandable. Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by L. Davidson
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Don't expect too much from this book, it is very light with uneven coverage of the books involved - some just get a few pages. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by rudeboi
5.0 out of 5 stars A nursery guide to philosophy
If you have ever attempted to read philosophy and found it obscure and even impenetrable then this is the book for you. Read more
Published on 18 July 2009 by JD LOVETT
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for anyone just starting out in philosophy
This book along with Philosophy: The Basics (Basics (Routledge Paperback)) are a perfect starting place for anybody just beginning their interest in philosophy. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2009 by Mr. M. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars philosophy for all
This is a gem of a book, it really helped to put all of my Uni philosophy lectures into simple english. I think its a great companion to the more academic books. Read more
Published on 25 May 2009 by F. Krzyzanowska
5.0 out of 5 stars philosophy the classics
this is a must have for anyone doing philosophy or any social science course. i have used this book for politics and sociology and it is a must have in my book collection. Read more
Published on 17 April 2009 by Amanda
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