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Good Introduction to Philosophy,
This review is from: Ancient Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 1 (Paperback)
Anyone who wants to get to grips with the philosophical movements of today needs to have an understanding of the movements of yesterday. This book will help towards that end. It is well written, does not use technical language without good explanation and will not drown the complete beginner. The author in the first section relates the history of philosophy up to Augustine, drawing out the general themes of thought from each of the main philosophers and their schools, highlighting their emphases and distinctive features. In part two he describes in more detail their approach to the "big" subjects such as epistemology, metaphysics, God, and ethics. There is a useful intermediate section on Logic. This is the first volume of a four volume series where each volume takes the same approach; applying it to succeeding generations of philosophers and schools right up to the 20th century. As such this series will form an inexpensive concise encyclopaedia of the history and development of philosophy.
The book itself is made of good quality paper, printing and binding.