Higher Education

A New History of Philosophy, Volume I: From Thales to Ockham, 2nd Edition

  • Wallace I. Matson University of California, Berkeley
  • ISBN-10: 0155078488  |  ISBN-13: 9780155078482
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1987
  • © 2000 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $89.25



This two volume series introduces the fascinating story of philosophy in a lucid, readable style students enjoy reading. Incorporating the most current scholarship, Matson integrates philosophy into the scientific, political, religious, and social context of different periods. The two volumes can be used as a core text or as a supplement to primary source readings.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Rise of Science and Philosophy.
1. Beginnings.
2. The Milesians.
3. Pythagoras and Xenophanes.
4. Heraclitus.
5. The Eleatics.
6. Empedocles.
7. Anaxagoras.
8. Leucippus and Democritus.
Part II: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle.
9. Intellectual Life in Athens.
10. Socrates.
11. The Life of Plato.
12. The Theory of Ideas.
13. Plato's Politics.
14. Plato on the Human Good.
15. Life of Aristotle.
16. Aristotle's Philosophy of Nature.
17. Aristotle on the Structure of Science.
18. Aristotle's Ethics.
19. Aristotle's Politics.
Part III: Greek Philosophy After Aristotle.
20. The Hellenistic Era.
21. Stoicism.
22. Epicurus.
23. Greek Skeptical Philosophies.
24. Plotinus and Neo-Platonism.
Part IV: Philosophy in the Christian Era.
25. The Christian Revolution.
26. St. Augustine.
27. The Dark Ages.
28. Early Scholastic Philosophy.
29. The Aristotelian Revival.
30. St. Thomas Aquinas.
31. The Later Scholastics.