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Published: 20 April 1989

496 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195059274

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The Philosophers

Their Lives and the Nature of their Thought

Ben-Ami Scharfstein

This highly readable volume offers a broad introduction to modern philosophy and philosophers. Scharfstein contends that personal experience, especially that of childhood, affects philosophers' sense of reality and hence the content of their philosophies. Basing his argument on biographical studies of twenty great philosophers, from Descartes to Sartre, he provides the beginnings of a psychological history of philosophy.

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