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Western Philosophy: An Anthology (Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies) [Paperback]

John G. Cottingham
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2008 1405124784 978-1405124782 2nd Edition
Western Philosophy: An Anthology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the Western philosophical tradition from ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today. Features substantial and carefully chosen excerpts from all the greats of philosophy, arranged thematically and chronologically Readings are introduced and linked together by a lucid philosophical commentary which guides the reader through the key arguments Embraces all the major subfields of philosophy: theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of mind, religion and science, moral philosophy (theoretical and applied), political theory, and aesthetics Updated edition now includes additional contemporary readings in each section Augmented by two completely new sections on logic and language, and philosophy and the meaning of life

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  • Paperback: 849 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Edition edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405124784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405124782
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Cottingham does a good job." ( Times Higher Education Supplement )

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Western Philosophy: An Anthology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the Western philosophical tradition from ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today. In 144 substantial and carefully chosen extracts, the volume covers all the main branches of philosophy – theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of mind, religion and science, moral philosophy (theoretical and applied), political theory and aesthetics. Chronologically and thematically arranged, the readings are introduced and linked together by a lucid philosophical commentary which guides the reader through the key arguments. For this new edition, all the existing sections have been updated with additional contemporary extracts, and two completely new sections on logic and language, and philosophy and the meaning of life have been included. This outstanding text will support a wide variety of introductory courses in philosophy, as well as providing more advanced students with an indispensable collection of classic source materials.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Readings in philosophy 3 Dec 2012
By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Western Philosophy: An anthology, edited by John Cottingham, Blackwell, Publishing, 1996, 656 ff

This is an extremely useful volume for any undergraduate in philosophy or for others interested in pursuing the subject seriously. The title tells the reader exactly what to expect: it is a collection of extracts taken from the writings of the world's greatest philosophers, starting with the works of the ancient Greeks and going right through to works published in the 20th century. All the key figures are here, together with several that I had never heard of before. The volume editor is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading in the UK. There are 10 subject headings under which the writings are considered, some of which must be of interest to any philosopher and all of which cover aspects relevant to a university study of the subject: Knowledge and Certainty; Being and Beauty; Mind and Body; The Self and Freedom; God and Religion; Science and Method; Morality and the Good Life; Problems in Ethics; Authority and the State; Beauty and Art. There are specimen questions at the end of each chapter such as might be set in undergraduate examinations. There are also suggestions for further reading around the subject discussed. There are very short biographies of the philosophers whose works are considered, and a detailed Index.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful 3 Mar 2012
By BrynG
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I was obliged to purchase this book as a companion to an introductory course to philosophy run by the OU (A222). Cottingham's introductions are invaluable in providing the first time reader of important and sometimes quite old texts. The best refernence book I have found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have 11 Feb 2012
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This text is perfect for anyone starting out in Philosophy or anyone who is or has already studied. What Cottingham has done is put together a range of subjects and different Philosophers views on these "problems"
As with any Philosophical text - this is only a starting point, further research and reading would be need to counter argue or develop your own views. But this text does give the main Philosophers and their theories over many different subjects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breadth,Depth & Delight 11 Mar 2011
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The two most useful introductions to philosophy I possess are Bertrand Russell's, History of Western Philosophy, and Cottingham's, Western Philosophy. An Anthology. No undergraduate taking an introductory course should be without them. I see them as a classic and a classic waiting time to justify this accolade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's great!! 29 May 2014
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This book has great abundance in context and you will find yourself more intelligent as well as to make quick sense of the flow of human thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy 19 Feb 2014
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Covering a wide span of philosopher's from Plato to leading philosophers of today, this book contains much information for those taking an interest in phylosophy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a subject of interest, 25 July 2013
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I decided to start on 'the self and freedom' and I'm loving it. I wish I could read the book a bit more often but the LLB degree that I'm working towards has a heavy workload.
I really recommend this book.
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