Western Philosophy: An Anthology

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John Cottingham
Wiley, Nov 14, 1996 - Philosophy - 626 pages
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From ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today, Western Philosophy: An Anthology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the Western philosophical tradition.

In 100 substantial and carefully chosen extracts, the volume covers all the main branches of philosophy - theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of mind, religion and science, moral philosophy (theoretical and applied), political theory and aesthetics. Chronologically and thematically arranged, the readings are introduced and linked together by a lucid philosophical commentary which guides the reader through the key arguments.

This outstanding text will support a wide variety of introductory courses in philosophy, as well as providing more advanced students with a handy collection of classic source materials.

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John Cottingham is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. He is a leading authority on Descartes, and author of numerous articles and broadcast talks on early modern philosophy; he has also written extensively on ethics and the philosophy of law. He is the author of Rationalism (1984), Descartes (1986), The Rationalists (1988), and A Descartes Dictionary (1993), and is co-translator of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes. He was from 1991-5 Chairman of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, and is (since 1993) editor of Ratio, the international journal of analytic philosophy.

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