Journals Higher Education



03 September 2010

784 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195397611

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The Great Conversation

A Historical Introduction to Philosophy

Sixth Edition

Norman Melchert

Now in its sixth edition, this historically organized introductory text treats philosophy as a dramatic and continuous story--a conversation about humankind's deepest and most persistent concerns. Tracing the exchange of ideas among history's key philosophers, The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Sixth Edition, demonstrates that while constructing an argument or making a claim, one philosopher almost always has others in mind. This sixth edition features coverage of Taoism, Iris Murdoch, and Zen; an expanded portrait of Jean-Paul Sartre; a more concise, single-chapter treatment of Wittgenstein (Chapter 22); key terms, boldfaced throughout and listed at chapter ends; brief and provocative quotations that stimulate thought and provoke questions; a new section on how to read philosophy; a new appendix--Writing a Philosophy Paper; and a two-color format that enhances the text's visual appeal.

New to this Edition:

  • Now includes coverage of the Tao, Iris Murdoch, and Richard Rorty
  • Chapters 22 and 23 from the fifth edition have been combined into a single chapter on Wittgenstein--Chapter 22
  • New Appendix: Writing a Philosophy Paper
  • This edition is now 2-color

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