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This fully revised and updated edition of Nicholas Bunnin and EP Tsui James' popular intro

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Ductory philosophy textbook brings together specially commissioned chapters from a prestig

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Ious team of scholars writing on each of the key areas figures and movements in philosophy


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  1. says:

    At 951 pages this book certainly looks intimidating I have not read it yet but I want to post the impressive table of contents for the benefit of any friends who might be interestedPart I Areas of Philosophy1Epistemology – A C Grayling 372Metaphysics – Simon Blackburn with a section on Time by Robin Le Poidevin 613Philosophy of Language – Martin Davies 904Philosophy of Logic – A W Moore 1475Philosophy of Mind – William G Lycan 1736Ethics – John Skorupski 2027Aesthetics – Sebastian Gardner 2318Political and Social Philosophy – David Archard 2579Philosophy of Science – David Papineau 28610Philosophy of Biology – Elliott Sober 31711Philosophy of Mathematics – Mary Tiles 34512Philosophy of Social Science – Martin Hollis 37513Philosophy of Law – N E Simmonds 40314Philosophy of History – Leon Pompa 42815Philosophy of Religion – Charles Taliaferro 45316Applied Ethics – John Haldane 49017Bioethics Genethics and Medical Ethics – Rebecca Bennett Charles A Erin John Harris and Søren Holm 49918Environmental Ethics – Holmes Rolston III 51719Business Ethics – Georges Enderle 53120Philosophy and Feminism – Jean Grimshaw and Miranda Fricker 55221Ethnicity Culture and Philosophy – Robert Bernasconi Part II History ofP hilosophy 22Ancient Greek Philosophy – Robert Wardy 58523Plato and Aristotle – Lesley Brown 60124Medieval Philosophy – Jorge J E Gracia 61925Bacon – Stephen Gaukroger 63426Descartes and Malebranche – Richard Francks and George Macdonald Ross 64427Spinoza and Leibniz – Richard Francks and George Macdonald Ross 65828Hobbes – Tom Sorell 67129Locke – R S Woolhouse 68230Berkeley – Howard Robinson 69431Hume – Peter Jones 70932Kant – David Bell 72533Hegel – Michael Inwood 74134Marx – Richard Norman 75035Bentham Mill and Sidgwick – Ross Harrison 75936Pragmatism – Susan Haack 77437Frege and Russell – R M Sainsbury 79038Moore – Thomas Baldwin 80539Wittgenstein – David Pears 81140Nietzsche – David E Cooper 82741Husserl and Heidegger – Taylor Carman 84242Sartre Foucault and Derrida – Gary Gutting 860As intimidating as the size of this book may be I think it's a nice book to have and to use for reading up on schools of thought as the necessity strikes


  2. says:

    Reading this book of nearly 900 pages is a monumental chore but it is one that is capable of granting the reader considerable insight into the state of contemporary philosophy  This is not to say that the insight that this book provides is necessarily entirely intentional or flattering but it is insight nevertheless  The essential problem with this book is that the authors of the many entries that are a part of the book are of the mistaken impression that it is human beings who decide what is right and wrong and good and evil and wise and unwise  The fact that these philosophers both the subjects of the entries and the writers of the entries believe that the path dependent thinking and communication of philosophers sets them above the common herd of humanity but that it provides timeless and worthwhile insight that others need to recognize and respond to yet at the same time not being accountable to God suggests a certain amount of failure at the basis of so much of what is the philosophical enterprise especially one that desires to be viewed as legitimate within the bounds of materialism  This book is almost 900 pages long divided into two parts and containing 42 entries on various philosophical matters  The book begins with two prefaces one for each edition some notes on contributors and then two essays that deal with contemporary philosophy in the United States and a second look at contemporary philosophy  After that twenty one entries deal with areas of philosophy beginning with epistemology 1 metaphysics 2 the philosophies of language 3 logic 4 and mind 5 ethics 6 aesthetics 7 political and social philosophy 8 as well as the philosophies of science 9 biology 10 mathematics 11 social science 12 law 13 history 14 and religion 15  After this authors tackle applied ethics 16 bioethics 17 environmental ethics 18 business ethics 19 feminism 20 and matters of ethnicity and culture 21 to demonstrate the wokeness of some contemporary thinkers  The second half of the sprawling work discusses the history of philosophy in generally chronological fashion beginning with ancient Greece 22 Plato and Aristotle 23 medieval philosophy 24 Bacon 25 Descartes and Malebranche 26 Spinoza and Leibniz 27 Hobbes 28 Locke 29 Berkeley 30 Hume 31 Kant 32 Hegel 33 Marx 34 Bentham Mill and Sidgwick 35 pragmatism 36 Frege and Russell 37 Moore 38 Wittgenstein 39 Nietzsche 40 Husserl and Heidegger 41 and Sartre Foucault and Derrida 42  After this the book ends with a glossary appendix and index for the reader's convenienceThis book is not something that I would think that a lot of people would find very appealing  That is not to say that it is a bad book exactly but to say that it is a book with very limited appeal because of the way that the volume is so large and so relentless in seeking to promote so many different niches of contemporary philosophy that are so objectionable on so many fronts  Given that this book is extremely long and that about half the book is spent talking about objectionable trends in contemporary philosophy that hardly anyone outside of the realm of philosophy cares about and the other half consists of contemporary views of philosophers of whom few will be appealing outside of the academy except for Moore with his high regard for common sense approaches a highly underrated trait among philosophers it would appear its appeal is strictly limited in nature  This book does a fair job at expressing what it is that contemporary philosophers do but few who are not involved in such matters will praise this sort of action or think that it should be celebrated or rewarded  And if that is a great shame it is no than anyone involved in this deserves


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