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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to philosophy, 31 Dec 2012
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This text dates from 1999. Ronald Nash was a Christian philosopher in the United States who produced many short, accessible texts on a wide range of topics, particularly on the relation between faith and epistemology; a special interest of his was Augustine's theory of knowledge. This is one of his longer books and was intended as an introductory text, being the kind of book Nash wished he could have had himself as an undergraduate. This book serves as an excellent introduction from the perspective of worldviews, being strongly grounded in Plato and Aristotle and their heirs (Plotinus, Augustine and Aquinas), with a preface on Democritus and pre-Socratic atomism. The second half deals with specific philosophical topics and problems, including the nature of God; indeterminism and the will; ethics; the mind-body problem. Nash's own Christian commitments are clear throughout, but this is a book that can be profitably used by students without such commitments. There are astute comments here on Kant and utilitarianism.
Much of the content of these chapters, as well as Nash's own extensive teaching on Plato and Aristotle can be found on BiblicalTraining.org, Monergism and other websites, and learning from both sources together: helpful for people who learn by hearing as well as reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent foundation, 8 Sep 2012
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I complex but intriguing subject made understandable. Great groundwork for a Christian stepping into Philosophy. Worth digesting. Gives a great overview of different Philosophical thoughts espoused throughout history and to date, but always showing where applicable its significance in defending the Christian faith and worldview and fallicies of some counter thoughts. Keeps one grounded in the truth while discussing alternative views. I recommend.
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