A Brief History of Philosophy: From Socrates to Derrida

A Brief History of Philosophy: From Socrates to Derrida

by Derek Johnston

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A fun, concise and attractive introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject. This is the ideal book for teenagers and students coming to philosophy for the first time, or indeed for anyone who just doesn't know where to start. The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and cultural contexts. Derek Johnston uses clear and accessible language to present an engaging chronological picture of the key figures, events and ideas that have shaped the history of philosophy. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required to enjoy this incisive, reader-friendly introduction. This is the ideal book for general readers looking for a way into this fascinating but very often challenging subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826490209
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/09/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Derek Johnston is a retired teacher. He was Vice-Principal of Midleton College, Co Cork, Ireland, where he taught for over 30 years.

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Plato and Socrates: The Fire and the Sun2. Aristotle: The Spirit of Rational Enquiry3. Epicurus and Zeno: How to Lead a Good Life4. St Thomas Aquinas: The Unified Interpretation of Reality5. René Descartes: Systematic Doubt as Philosophical Method6. John Locke and Montesquieu: The Liberal State7. Benedict de Spinoza: Rigorous Thought and Severe Conclusions8. David Hume: Empirical Verification9. Immanuel Kant: The Critique of Reason10. Karl Marx: The March of History11. Friedrich Nietzsche: The Will to Power 12. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Language and Reality13. Martin Heidegger: We Have Forgotten Being14. Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialist Anguish15. Jacques Derrida: Deconstructing Reality ConclusionFurther Reading

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