This book is a one-stop guide to the great works of philosophy—the masterpieces that stand at the foundations of Western thoughts. Included are thorough, insightful overviews of the nineteen greatest philosophers of the Western world and their respective works.
I originally wrote two 17-20K word SparkNotes guides: one on John Locke and one on David Hume. But as the company evolved they chose to stop producing the individual guides and created book collections like these (now they’ve moved on to online-only guides focusing on individual works rather than on the philosophers themselves). So, my material on Locke and Hume was repurposed to form chapters in SparkNotes’ Philosophy Classics.
Paperback, Spark Publishing
Published in February 2006
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