The World's Great Philosophers provides an introduction to a selection of the most profound and influential thinkers in the history of philosophy.The 40 essays in this volume, written by an outstanding international assembly of scholars, provide cogent and accessible discussions of key philosophers from both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions - including Aquinas, Buddha, Confucius, Derrida, Heidegger, Kant, Laozi, Marx, Nietzsche, Plato, Sankara, and Wittgenstein. Together, the essays convey the historical panorama of philosophical thought on the nature of reality, the human condition, and basic human values.
Robert L. Arrington is Emeritus Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Georgia State University. He is author of Rationalism, Realism, and Relativism (1989) and Western Ethics (Blackwell, 1997). He is editor of A Companion to the Philosophers (Blackwell, 1999) and co-editor of three volumes of essays on the philosophy of Wittgenstein.