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  1. The Great Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy
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  2. The Great Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy

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Beginning with the death of Socrates in 399 BC, and following the strand of philosophical inquiry through the centuries to recent figures such as Bertrand Russell and Wittgenstein, Bryan Magee's conversations with fifteen contemporary writers and philosophers provide an accessible and exciting account of Western philosophy and its greatest thinkers. With contributions from A. J. Ayer, Bernard Williams, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Singer, and John Searle, the book is not only an introduction to the philosophers of the past, but gives an invaluable insight into the view and personalities of some of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.

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Bryan Magee
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Composed of a series of interviews, each with a scholar distinguished in his field, *The Great Philosophers* provides an overview of the major Western thinkers from Socrates to Sartre. Bryan Magee does an excellent job in guiding each discussion in such a way that one gains a good overview of the philosopher under consideration and manages to clarify most of the more abstruse concepts and lines of argument.

Each interview is allotted between 15 to 20 pages so the discussions stay pretty focused, cover the major points, and what you necessarily lose in detail, you gain in not being completely overwhelmed. The dialogue format is also a great aid to comprehension and keeps things lively, especially if you're like me ((and my deepest sympathies if that's the case)) and find your eyes glazing over and that you're daydreaming about what to have for lunch when reading large expository blocks of type about someone like Hegel. *The Great Philosophers* is also an excellent book if... Read more
I have a non-professional interest in philosophy. I loved this book. It provides a short and clear introduction to a dozen major philosophers. Magee loves his subject and is a great explainer. Highly recommended.
Anyone interested in philosophy should read this book. It is very interesting and very hard to put down. However, the main factor that makes this book unique has a negative effect, and hence the four stars. The book is basically a dialogue between Magee and other philosophers. This is a very interesting approach and the result was a great book. The problem is that I don't think that the best way to introduce philosophy is to have two philosophers talk about it. Magee always tries to clarify things when he feels that the discussion is getting a bit too complicated and succeeds most of the time, but some times this didn't pay off. I found the chapters concerning the philosophers that I had a little background information of much easier than those concerning philosophers that I knew nothing of. I know that this is logical, but in a book that is meant to be an introduction, the novice reader should find it easy to read about what he/she does not know. Apart from this little difficulty,... Read more
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