John M. FrameP & R Publishing / 2015 / HardcoverOur Price$45.995 out of 5 stars for A History of Western Philosophy and Theology. View reviews of this product. 2 Reviews
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Jim5 Stars Out Of 5A History of Western Philosophy and TheologyMay 10, 2017JimQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Philosophies and worldviews are driven by presuppositions. In most philosophy texts that survey the western tradition, the identification and role of presuppositions is usually ignored and very little attention is given to substantive evaluation from a presuppositional perspective. John Frame does a great service in filling this gap in this excellent survey. After many years of teaching philosophy and ethics at the community college level, I have found Frame's book a valuable resource in helping both to clarify the ideas of the major philosophers and to critique their ideas. I have even found Frame's book helpful in teaching an intro to philosophy course to senior high-school students who are homeschooled. His introductory chapter on Philosophy and the Bible is a must read for any Christian student who goes off to college today.
There are however, a couple of drawbacks that I would like to see a second edition remedy. First, although I realize that Frame discusses Utilitarianism and Kant's ethics in his other work, The Doctrine of the Christian Life, their absence in this work is unfortunate; they need to be incorporated into the book in order to make it more effective as a textbook. Second, I would love to see Frame address and critique the philosophy of John Rawls that has so dominated the ideological, ethical, and political landscape of late 20th and 21st century American thinking (even though most people influenced by Rawls' philosophy have never heard his name).
ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A must read for those interested in PhilosophySeptember 12, 2016ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5John Frame has written a masterpiece with this work. When I think of a book on philosophy, exciting is rarely used to describe it. Yet, I have to say, I was truly exciting to received this book for reviewing. Ive been helped by Frames writing in the past and was pleasantly surprised when I saw this book coming out soon after his systematic theology textbook was out. How does John Frame manages to write so much so fast?
Ive yet to completed this book, but so far based on whatever Ive read. Im glad to say this book is a book that any beginners in philosophy can use. Frame takes the readers through the various philosophies and philosophers of the different ages. He explores what they teach and more importantly, examines what the bible has to say about their philosophies. The first chapter by frame is excellent and ought to be a required reading for any christian taking philosophy. He examines and defines the terms he will use within the book, and introduces the distinctive presuppositional apologetics perspective to the readers. He explains to the readers that different between the christian and non-christian understanding of philosophies.
Having done that, Frame then guides the readers along starting with the greek philosophy. What i found extremely helpful was how Frame covers some philosophers that are not often covered in other textbooks. This includes the early church fathers and the recent christian philosophers. Being a christian philosophy book, Frame certainly focuses on the christians philosophers. But Frame also interacts with the big guns of philosophy, such as Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein.
Readers will also be pleased to know that this book complements the RTS course on philosophy taught by Frame, which is available free online. Frame has given christians a good alternative textbook on philosophy, albeit it can be skewed towards the christian side. It is still an excellent textbook for anyone who wants to hear the christian perspective on philosophy. This book is certainly worth the price you pay for it. Recommend for any christian who is interested in philosophy and also for pastors who have people in their congregation who studies philosophies in college. You will find help in this book.
Rating: 5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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