Journals Higher Education



03 September 2010

416 Pages

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

ISBN: 9780195397628

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The Great Conversation: Volume I

Pre-Socratics through Descartes

Sixth Edition

Norman Melchert

Ideal for courses in ancient philosophy or ancient and medieval philosophy, The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Volume I: Pre-Socratics through Descartes covers the same material as the first half (chapters 1-13) of author Norman Melchert's longer volume, The Great Conversation. Tracing the exchange of ideas among history's key philosophers, the book demonstrates that while constructing an argument or making a claim, one philosopher almost always has others in mind. The sixth edition features coverage of Taoism; 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; and a new appendix--Writing a Philosophy Paper.

New to this Edition:

  • New material on The Tao
  • New Appendix: Writing a Philosophy Paper

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