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4.0 out of 5 stars The best contemporary overview, 1 July 2004
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Sandy "Sandy" (Holywood, N. Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey (Paperback)
Readers have to distinguish Scruton's Tory views from the philosophy at times; however the book is invaluable for those wishing to get a perspective on the whole contemporary range of academic philosophy in one rather large but very digestible serving. He not only explains the most important themes in present-day Anglo-American philosophy but continually steps back to situate each part within the context of the whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to philosophy I have ever read, 7 July 2012
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F. Collier (Edinburgh, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book provides an outline of the whole subject of philosophy in the Anglo-American analytical tradition - from ethics to quantum mechanics via truth, perception, logic, the self, death and the Devil.

It was developed from a series of lectures delivered at London and Boston Universities. Reading it makes one feel like a student at a top university where, for whatever reason, Philosophy 101 is taught in person by the head of department, who just happens to be on first-name terms with philosophers like Tom Nagel.

At the end of the book there is a Study Guide to direct the student to further reading.

I do not know why this book is so hard to find on Amazon. I got my public library to purchase the copy I have just read - their previous copy of the work having been borrowed permanently by a reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey, 1 Feb 2009
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An excellent book. Promptly delivered at a good price. I strongly recommend this book if you want a reasonable level of understanding of philosophical thought since Descartes. It includes references to other works for continued study.
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