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A History of Philosophy, Vol. 1: Greece and Rome From the Pre-Socratics to Plotinus

 
 
 
 
A History of Philosophy, Vol. 1: Greece and Rome From the Pre-Socratics to Plotinus
Author: Frederick Copleston
ISBN 13: 9780385468435
ISBN 10: 385468431
Edition: Image ed.
Publisher: Image
Publication Date: 1993-03-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 544
List Price: $19.95
 
 

Conceived originally as a serious presentation of  the development of philosophy for Catholic  seminary students, Frederick Copleston's nine-volume  A History Of Philosophy has  journeyed far beyond the modest purpose of its author to  universal acclaim as the best history of  philosophy in English.

Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit  of immense erudition who once tangled with A. J.  Ayer in a fabled debate about the existence of God  and the possibility of metaphysics, knew that  seminary students were fed a woefully inadequate diet  of theses and proofs, and that their familiarity  with most of history's great thinkers was reduced  to simplistic caricatures. Copleston set out to  redress the wrong by writing a complete history of  Western philosophy, one crackling with incident and  intellectual excitement — and one that gives full  place to each thinker, presenting his thought in a  beautifully rounded manner and showing his links  to those who went before and to those who came  after him.