Philosophy: The Classics: Edition 4

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Now in its fourth edition, Philosophy: The Classics is a brisk and invigorating tour through the great books of western philosophy. In his exemplary clear style, Nigel Warburton introduces and assesses thirty-two philosophical classics from Plato’s Republic to Rawls’ A Theory of Justice. The fourth edition includes new material on:

  • Montaigne Essays
  • Thomas Paine Rights of Man
  • R.G. Collingwood The Principles of Art
  • Karl Popper The Open Society and Its Enemies
  • Thomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

With a glossary and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, this is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in philosophy.

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Routledge
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Published on
Feb 3, 2014
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Pages
302
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ISBN
9781317909163
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English
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Philosophy / General
Philosophy / History & Surveys / General
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