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Contemporary Thought
  • Authored by: Joan A. Price
  • From the Series: Understanding Philosophy
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791087921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-8792-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 02/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 190
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 160


Framing the evolution of post-Enlightenment philosophy, Contemporary Thought begins with a discussion of the British Empiricists and Kant’s analysis of the capacity of reason. Biographies and examinations of the Idealists, Materialists, Utilitarians, Individualists, Analytics, Phenomenologists, and Existentialists reveal how philosophers from each of these schools of thought sought to explain the increasingly more secular and industrialized world of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. These thinkers’ conclusions prove that modern-day philosophy has continued to deepen and expand human knowledge.


Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Source notes. Bibliography. Further reading. Glossary. Index.

About the Author(s)

Joan A. Price is professor emeritus in philosophy and religious studies at Mesa Community College. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Arizona State University and has taught philosophy at the undergraduate level for 35 years.

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“…includes lucid, clearly presented explanations of each intellectual movement…charts and diagrams...help students visualize concepts…Students will welcome the occasional, vividly described personal details…as well as the clearly presented ideas. Recommend[ed]…”

“…detailed but accessible…the volume’s strength is [the author’s] ability to elucidate what can be fairly heady reading material…Readers in need of an introduction to a particular philosophy or those who want an easily understood approach to a philosopher will find it here.”
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