- Format: PDF
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (March 31, 1988)
- Language: English
- 222 pages
- ISBN-10: 0192892029
- ISBN-13: 978-0192892027
“The central virtue of this study is Solomon’s presentation of such difficult material in both a readable and succinct manner. The very idea of covering some 250 years of philosophy in 200 pages is mind-boggling. But not only does Solomon manage to accomplish this feat, he does so in a very
readable manner….[It] is a book that could be successfully used in undergraduate courses….It would allow the student burdened by the complexity and difficulty of the texts of the great Continental philosophers to get a good sense of their overall views.”–Teaching Philosophy
“Clear, learned, concise, useful.”–Brian Finney, University of Southern California
From the Back Cover
The main theme of this story is the rise and fall of the Self. The Self in question is no ordinary self; it is the Transcendental Self, whose nature and ambitions are unprecedentedly arrogant, cosmic, and often obscure. Put modestly, this universal Self is human nature; in less modest terms, it is nothing less that God, the Absolute Self, the World Soul. While recognizing the centrality of the question of knowledge, Professor Solomon focuses too on the broader picture of subjectivity, which includes ethics, aesthetics, and religion.
About the Author
Robert C. Solomon is Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California.