The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

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Overview

Explore the entire western philosophical tradition in this comprehensive introduction to the topic taught by a member of the philosophy department at Oxford.

Topics Covered:
  • 1: From the Upanishads to Homer
  • 2: Philosophy-Did the Greeks Invent It?
  • 3: Pythagoras and the Divinity of Number
  • 4: What Is There?
  • 5: The Greek Tragedians on Man's Fate
  • 6: Herodotus and the Lamp of History
  • 7: Socrates on the Examined Life
  • 8: Plato's Search For Truth
  • 9: Can Virtue Be Taught?
  • 10: Plato's Republic-Man Writ Large
  • 11: Hippocrates and the Science of Life
  • 12: Aristotle on the Knowable
  • 13: Aristotle on Friendship
  • 14: Aristotle on the Perfect Life
  • 15: Rome, the Stoics, and the Rule of Law
  • 16: The Stoic Bridge to Christianity
  • 17: Roman Law-Making a City of the Once-Wide World
  • 18: The Light Within-Augustine on Human Nature
  • 19: Islam
  • 20: Secular Knowledge-The Idea of University
  • 21: The Reappearance of Experimental Science
  • 22: Scholasticism and the Theory of Natural Law
  • 23: The Renaissance-Was There One?
  • 24: Let Us Burn the Witches to Save Them
  • 25: Francis Bacon and the Authority of Experience
  • 26: Descartes and the Authority of Reason
  • 27: Newton-The Saint of Science
  • 28: Hobbes and the Social Machine
  • 29: Locke's Newtonian Science of the Mind
  • 30: No matter? The Challenge of Materialism
  • 31: Hume and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • 32: Thomas Reid and the Scottish School
  • 33: France and the Philosophes
  • 34: The Federalist Papers and the Great Experiment
  • 35: What Is Enlightenment? Kant on Freedom
  • 36: Moral Science and the Natural World
  • 37: Phrenology-A Science of the Mind
  • 38: The Idea of Freedom
  • 39: The Hegelians and History
  • 40: The Aesthetic Movement-Genius
  • 41: Nietzsche at the Twilight
  • 42: The Liberal Tradition-J. S. Mill
  • 43: Darwin and Nature's "Purposes"
  • 44: Marxism-Dead But Not Forgotten
  • 45: The Freudian World
  • 46: The Radical William James
  • 47: William James's Pragmatism
  • 48: Wittgenstein and the Discursive Turn
  • 49: Alan Turing in the Forest of Wisdom
  • 50: Four Theories of the Good Life
  • 51: Ontology-What There "Really" Is
  • 52: Philosophy of Science-The Last Word?
  • 53: Philosophy of Psychology and Related Confusions
  • 54: Philosophy of Mind, If There Is One
  • 55: What makes a Problem "Moral"
  • 56: Medicine and the Value of Life
  • 57: On the Nature of Law
  • 58: Justice and Just Wars
  • 59: Aesthetics-Beauty Without Observers
  • 60: God-Really?