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Philosophy survey book?

Asked by Jonathan_hodgkins (674points) July 15th, 2010

Any suggestions for good books that provide a comprehensive survey of philosophical history and thought?

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dpworkin's avatar

This hasn’t shipped yet, but Pojman knows what he’s doing.

mammal's avatar

this was pretty good, but of it only covers philosophy up to the early part of the 20th century, what is especially good is it written by a bona fide philosopher, fairly impartially.

GeorgeWood's avatar

Perhaps The Consequences of Ideas ?

While this is a novel, Sophie’s World is an engaging read that you might find interesting.

Carly's avatar

these are very short introductions. This series has hundreds of little books (very cheap) that are all between 40–100 pages. They’ve easy to read, I had an Intro to Philosophy class my sophomore year of college that used three, and they added up to a very inexpensive $30 rather than the usual $100+ for a normal Philosophy text book. Plus, they have pictures! ^_^

Carly's avatar

this is a barnes and noble link, if you live in america (the other was for the uk)

Carly's avatar

if this is to help prep for a college course, I would probably look into something a bit heavier ;P

cengage is a good place to start looking

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