Great Concepts in Philosophy

A Historical Introduction (First Edition)
Jeremy Proulx
©2019, 218 pages
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    Great Concepts in Philosophy: A Historical Introduction takes students on an historical tour of foundational concepts in philosophy. As readers learn about key philosophical ideas, they also learn about the philosophers who created them and the times in which they lived. By presenting philosophical ideas within historical context, students better understand how philosophers reacted to their times and how philosophy can help us form mature and insightful reactions to our present.

    The text progresses chronologically, beginning with philosophy in the ancient world and ending with philosophy as it is practiced today. Part I introduces ideas from ancient Greek and classical Chinese philosophy as well as from religious philosophers in the Middle Ages. Part II explores how major revolutions in science and philosophy influenced how philosophers thought about human nature and politics, freedom in society, and the rights of women. In the last part, students learn about how thinkers like Marx, Nietzsche, William James, Hannah Arendt, and Cornel West challenge classical philosophical ideas and provide resources for thinking about our own time.

    Great Concepts in Philosophy is ideal for foundational courses in philosophy, humanities and liberal arts, and intellectual history.

    Jeremy Proulx earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from McMaster University and his M.A. in theory and criticism from the University of Western Ontario. A full-time lecturer in philosophy at Eastern Michigan University, his teaching interests include the history of philosophy, existentialism, aesthetics, philosophy of technology, and philosophy of religion. Dr. Proulx’s research has been published various journals including Southwest Philosophy Review, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and Intellectual History Review, to name a few.

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