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The Great Conversation

A Historical Introduction to Philosophy

Ninth Edition

Norman Melchert and David Morrow

Publication Date - November 2022

ISBN: 9780197663462

856 pages
Hardcover
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $104.95

Tracing the exchange of ideas among history's key philosophers, The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Ninth Edition, provides a generous selection of excerpts from major philosophical works and makes them more easily understandable to students with lucid and engaging explanations.

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Tracing the exchange of ideas among history's key philosophers, The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy, Ninth Edition, provides a generous selection of excerpts from major philosophical works and makes them more easily understandable to students with lucid and engaging explanations. Extensive cross-referencing shows students how philosophers respond appreciatively or critically to the thoughts of other philosophers.

The Great Conversation, Ninth Edition, is also available in two separate e-book volumes to suit your course needs:

The Great Conversation: Volume I: Pre-Socratics through Descartes, Ninth Edition

The Great Conversation: Volume II: Descartes through the Twentieth Century, Ninth Edition

New to this Edition

  • New features on Frederick Douglass and W.E.B DuBois
  • New chapter on Rawls, Nozick, and Young
  • Signififcantly expanded section on Mary Wollstonecraft

Features

  • Flashcards
  • Self-Quizzes
  • Find it Online resources

About the Author(s)

Norman Melchert is Selfridge Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and a former Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University. He is the author of Who's to Say? A Dialogue on Relativism (1994) and numerous journal articles.

David R. Morrow is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University. College. He is the coauthor of A Workbook for Arguments, Second Edition (2015) and numerous papers in applied ethics.

Table of Contents


    1. BEFORE PHILOSOPHY: MYTH IN HESIOD AND HOMER?
    2. PHILOSOPHY BEFORE SOCRATES?
    3. APPEARANCE AND REALITY IN ANCIENT INDIA?
    4. THE SOPHISTS: RHETORIC AND RELATIVISM IN ATHENS?
    5. REASON AND RELATIVISM IN CHINA?
    6. SOCRATES: TO KNOW ONESELF??
    7. THE TRIAL AND DEATH OF SOCRATES?
    8. PLATO: KNOWING THE REAL AND THE GOOD?
    9. ARISTOTLE: THE REALITY OF THE WORLD?
    10. CONFUCIUS, MENCIUS, AND XUNZI: VIRTUE IN ANCIENT CHINA?
    11. EPICUREANS, STOICS, AND SKEPTICS: HAPPINESS FOR THE MANY?
    12. JEWS AND CHRISTIANS: SIN, SALVATION, AND LOVE?
    13. AUGUSTINE: GOD AND THE SOUL?
    14. PHILOSOPHY IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD: THE GREAT CONVERSATION SPREADS OUT?
    15. ANSELM AND AQUINAS: EXISTENCE AND ESSENCE IN GOD AND THE WORLD?
    16. FROM MEDIEVAL TO MODERN EUROPE?
    17. RENÉ DESCARTES: DOUBTING OUR WAY TO CERTAINTY?
    18. HOBBES, LOCKE, AND BERKELEY: MATERIALISM AND THE BEGINNINGS OF EMPIRICISM?
    19. DAVID HUME: UNMASKING THE PRETENSIONS OF REASON?
    20. IMMANUEL KANT: REHABILITATING REASON
    (WITHIN STRICT LIMITS)?
    21. GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL: TAKING HISTORY SERIOUSLY?
    22. KIERKEGAARD AND MARX: TWO WAYS TO “CORRECT” HEGEL?
    23. MORAL AND POLITICAL REFORMERS: THE RIGHTS AND HAPPINESS OF ALL ?
    24. FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE: THE VALUE OF EXISTENCE?
    25. THE PRAGMATISTS: THOUGHT AND ACTION?
    26. LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN: LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS
    AND ORDINARY LANGUAGE?
    27. MARTIN HEIDEGGER: THE MEANING OF BEING?
    28. SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR: EXISTENTIALIST, FEMINIST?
    29. POSTMODERNISM: DERRIDA, FOUCAULT, AND RORTY?
    30. PHYSICAL REALISM AND THE MIND: QUINE, DENNETT, SEARLE, NAGEL, JACKSON, AND CHALMERS?
    31. FARINESS, LIBERY, AND IDENTITY: RAWLS, NOZICK, AND YOUNG