What the Tortoise Taught Us offers a lively, concise journey through Western philosophy that explores the lives of major philosophers, their ideas, and how their thinking continues to influence our lives today. Using a chronological approach, Burton F. Porter shows how various philosophers address life's big questions. By putting each philosopher and their ideas into historical context, he helps us understand how certain ideas developed based on the thinking of the time and how those ideas have influenced our modern perspectives.
Using familiar language and interesting anecdotes, Porter provides an extremely readable and lively history that takes themes that characterize each age to reflect on the greater human experience. The book includes the philosophies and lives of the ancient philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and continues through time into the Middle Ages with St. Thomas Aquinas to the Renaissance and beyond. Porter explores the metaphysics of Descartes and Hobbes, the epistemology of Hume and Berkeley, and the ethics of Kant and Mill among others. Finally he concludes with contemporary issues, including racism, abortion, and modern feminism.
Burton F. Porter Is professor of philosophy and former dean of arts and sciences at Western New England University and sometime visiting professor at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author or editor of numerous books on philosophy
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