A Passion for Wisdom   -     By: Robert Solomon
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A Passion for Wisdom

Oxford University Press / 1998 / Paperback

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Engaging, comprehensive, and delightfully written, "A Passion for Wisdom" presents a splendid introduction to the history of philosophy, enlivened by anecdotes and sparkling quotations.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 137
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0195112091
ISBN-13: 9780195112092
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Readers eager to acquire a basic familiarity with the history of philosophy but intimidated by the task will find in A Passion for Wisdom a lively, accessible, and highly enjoyable tour of the world's great ideas. Here, Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins tell the story of philosophy's development with great clarity and refreshing wit.
The authors begin with the most ancient religious beliefs of the east and west and bring us right up to the feminist and multicultural philosophies of the present. Along the way, they highlight major philosophers, from Plato and the Buddha to William James and Simone de Beauvoir, and explore major categories, from metaphysics and ethics to politics and logic. The book is enlivened as well by telling anecdotes and sparkling quotations. Among many memorable observations, we're treated to Thomas Hobbes' assessment that life is "nasty, brutish, and short" and Hegel's description of Napoleon as "world history on horseback." Engaging, comprehensive, and delightfully written, A Passion for Wisdom is a splendid introduction to an intellectual tradition that reaches back over three thousand years.

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Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins are both Professors of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. This is their seventh book together.

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"Solomon and Higgins have managed to keep their history clear and understandable, and the newcomer should have no difficulty tracing its development."--Library Journal


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