Philosophy and Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy

History of European Ideas 21 (4):584-585 (1995)
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In this review of John Shand's book on the history of western philosophy, I point out that the book is only concerned with epistemology and metaphysics, and only considers in detail the work of twenty individual philosophers. There are no entries on Socrates, Hobbes, Bentham, Schopenhauer, Mill, Kierkegaard, Marx, James, Frege, or Heidegger, and the final chapter on "Recent Philosophy" is only six and a half pages long, with each of the thirteen philosophers given a single paragraph each. Within these narrow limits, Shand does an excellent job of presenting the epistemology and metaphysics of each major philosopher considered.
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