A Little History of PhilosophyA Little History of Philosophy
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A Little History of Philosophy

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Nigel Warburton

Throughout history, humans have constantly questioned life, the universe, and virtuous behavior. To this day, there has never been a definite consensus on how to answer these grueling philosophical questions. It is nonetheless reassuring, awe-inspiring, as well as challenging to contemplate the ideas proposed over the past 2500 years.

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A Little History of Philosophy will take you on a journey starting over two thousand years ago when great thinkers established the principles of philosophy as we know it today. The book shows how philosophical questions from the ancient world to twentieth-century Germany are as relevant today as they were centuries ago.

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Throughout history, humans have constantly questioned life, the universe, and virtuous behavior. To this day, there has never been a definite consensus on how to answer these grueling philosophical questions. It is nonetheless reassuring, awe-inspiring, as well as challenging to contemplate the ideas proposed over the past 2500 years.

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Plato and Socrates addressed fundamental questions that helped initiate philosophy.

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In his philosophy, Aristotle describes a way to flourish as a human being.

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Epicurus suggested that death should be faced without fear and simple pleasures should be the goal of life.

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The goal of Rousseau was to lead humans back to their natural state of happiness.

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Kant believed that our actions are moral when they embody the universal maxims that they represent.

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