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Philosophy: The Classics Paperback – 16 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3rd edition (16 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415356296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415356299
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The challenge is to convey to the modern reader the perennial freshness of ideas which might otherwise be clouded by historical scholarship. Nigel Warburton rises to the challenge with admirable skill.' – The Times


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As an undergradute philosophy student I have to confess that this book has been my bible for the last two years. It covers nealy all of the most important philosophical works fom Plato through to Ayer. It gives a detailed breakdown of the text and then gives general objections to the theories made. Whether like me you are studying philsophy, or are just interested in the subject, this is a fantastic explanation of the greatest ideas ever expressed.
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 1998
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Warburton gives simple and accessible introduction to his "top 20" philosophy classics. The chapters tell you what you need to know about the books and even motivate you to actually READ some of the original works. Bibliographies in each chapter give accessible works to look at next. A well done job.
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By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2002
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This book,in my opinion, simplifies the main issues to be found in the most important Philosophical works of the world. It gives a fools gide to philosophy which does not try to confuse the reader with long words and confusing concepts. It is worth using this book as a reference guide to a particular book that you are reading. In addition, I found the Glossary and Further reading sections at the end of each peice very useful in summing up what each book is about.
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This is a really good introduction to Philosophy for the lay person (like me) : it devotes a chapter (10 or so pages) to some of the most important Philosophical works throughout history : from Plato to Rawls. It's a great book to appreciate the ideas of the great thinkers, such that you can then dive off into the detail of those that interest you.

It is written in plain language, clearly articulated and with a glossary/summary at the end of each chapter. It assumes no prior Philosphical knowledge and is very readable : it took me only 2 days to read it cover to cover. . Great book!
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This is one of the most accessible introductions to western philosophy that I've come across. There are lucid accounts of 27 classic works of philosophy from Plato's Republic to John Rawl's A Theory of Justice. This 3rd edition(2006) includes three new chapters on Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy and Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism and Humanism. At the end of each short chapter there's a glossary and suggestions for further reading.
Any newcomer to philosophy could do no better than get hold of a copy of this marvellous and beautifully written book.
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Warbuton always writes well, a clear and very readable summary of each Philosopher's work is given in a series of essays.
This is an excellent introduction and useful to students who want a quick overview for essays and exams.
Thoroughly recommended.The addition of the essay on Rawls in the second edition is particularly useful.
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Not being a student or particularly young I have always had an interest in philosophy and religion and tried over the years to understand a few trends in philosophy. This book is a good summary of the concepts of many of the better known philosophers giving an insight into how and why they arrived at their points of view. It also allows the reader to quantify their own beliefs and see the total diversity of opinion. Helps to bring a sense of reality into the thought process and is a very interesting read.
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