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This review is from: Western Philosophy: An Anthology (Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies) (Paperback)
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.
Introduction to Western Philosophy Ideas and Arguments