The Story of Philosophy: From Ancient Greeks to Great Thinkers of Modern Times

Arcturus Publishing
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A companion volume to The Story of Mathematics, The Story of Medicine and The Story of Physics, this book traces the strands of thought in western philosophy from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. Approaches to key questions are considered in chronological order, showing how each philosopher's thoughts have been influenced by those who have gone before, and have evolved or diversified over time. The Story of Philosophy includes easily absorbed explorations of all five branches of philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics and aesthetics). The accessible format features full-colour illustrations and panels giving biographies of important figures, accounts of important texts, and definitions of key philosophical concepts.
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About the author

Anne Rooney gained a degree and then a PhD in medieval literature from Trinity College, Cambridge.She lives in Cambridge. She has written many books on science and technology, and was long-listed for the prestigious Aventis Science Prize in 2004.

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Arcturus Publishing
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Published on
Jan 6, 2014
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781782129950
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / General
Philosophy / History & Surveys / General
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