Great Thinkers of the Western World is a concise and authoritative guide to the principal theoretical ideas of the outstanding thinkers in Western history. From Parmenides to Albert Camus, theses men and women have profoundly influenced the development of Western civilization through their theories and revolutionary ideas and by providing intellectual, scientific or spiritual illumination.
Articles on 116 thinkers are arranged chronologically, making it essay for readers to follow and appreciate the development of ideas from the early Greeks through the first half of the twentieth century. Each article provides basic biographical information, a list of the thinker's major works, a summary of his or her principal ideas, an essay explaining the thinker's most significant theories and indicating his or her place in the history of thought and a brief bibliography of further readings.
An absorbing, accessible and highly informative introduction to the greatest minds of Western civilization, Great Thinkers of the Western World improves our understanding of Western thought and how it evolved.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #914936 in Books
- Published on: 1992-09-23
- Released on: 1992-09-23
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- Binding: Hardcover
- 592 pages
About the Author
Ian P. McGreal received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University. Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, he has also taught at Brown, Southern Methodist University and the University of Maryland. His books include The Art of Making Choices, Analyzing Philosophical Arguments, Problems of Ethics, Great Thinkers of the Western World and Great Thinkers of the Eastern World. In association with Frank N. Magill, he edited Masterpices of World Philosophy, Masterpieces of Christian Literature and Masterpieces of Christian Spirituality.
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Great comprehensive book on the development of Western thought
By bill bryant
This is a great book on philosophy that provides an overview of the main branches of philosophical thinking - from the Ancient Greeks through the 20th century - as well as explores a number of obscure thinkers not typically mentioned in mainstream philosophical discussion. The book is laid out in an approachable format that gives highlights of the particular thinker's works, but is comprehensive enough to get into the subtleties of his viewpoint as well. It's a dense volume that can be read for hours or just for a few minutes, and as such ought to appeal to the casual reader of Western historical thought as well as the sophisticated philosophy student alike. The editor performs the near-miracle of drawing upon a number of authors in successfully covering over three millennia of Western thinking both in reviewing actual text, in addition to situating the reader within the historical context of the particular philosophical perspective in non-technical language that is enjoyable to read. Great book. Five stars.
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I liked this book very much. It gives, at least, an idea of what some of the great thinkers gave to the world. Providing a short but meaningful explanation of thoughts and principles of these great people has been achieved by the author in a very readable series of short articles. Granted, the articles cannot possibly convey the passion and feeling that exists in the original material of these greats, but the theme and gist has been provided clearly and succinctly. A virtue of this format lies in the ability to provides just a few minutes of text or a few hours. Each article stands alone; you can parcel your reading time entirely to your convenience. A fine job.
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