Many books have been written that distil the history of philosophy and philosophers and this is just another one. While it uses a couple of techniques that are unique such as putting the philosophers thoughts in context in sidebars and distilling their thoughts in flowcharts, there is little else to distinguish this little book from others except for a glaring omission.
Apropos to its title, The Little Book of Philosophy, must necessarily omit some content in the interest of brevity. However, to totally disregard a recent school of philosophy, namely Postmodernism is unforgiveable. While Foucault and Rorty, two philosophers usually thought of as postmodernists are covered, no mention of postmodernism is made in their sections. Nor is it mentioned in the index. It seems that at least one or two of the 20th centuries postmodern philosophers such as Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Deleuze or Guattari could have been mentioned. Is not the challenge to modernism and its truth claims worthy of mention?
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