Western Philosophy

Western Philosophy: An Anthology
provides the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the Western philosophical tradition from ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today. With 144 substantial and carefully chosen extracts, the volume covers all the main branches of philosophy – theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of mind, religion and science, moral philosophy (theoretical and applied), political theory and aesthetics. Chronologically and thematically arranged, the readings are introduced and linked together by a lucid philosophical commentary which guides the reader through the key arguments. For this revised and substantially augmented second edition all the existing sections have been updated with additional contemporary extracts, and two completely new sections have been added, on logic and language, and philosophy and the meaning of life.

Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. Second edition 2008.
PB £22.99/$54.95 ISBN 978-1-4051-2478-2
HB £65/$94.95 ISBN 978-1-4051-2477-5
A third edition, incorporating some changes in the texts provided in response to reader feedback, and offering additional resources and assistance to students, is in preparation and due to be published in 2021.

Praise for the First Edition
“It is difficult to imagine how this volume could be improved upon as the very best historically based anthology of the essential philosophical writings. Cottingham’s commentary and introductions are extremely clear and helpful. It will provide an ideal text for an excellent introductory course in philosophy.”
Christopher Hookway, University of Sheffield

“This volume is a superb resource for beginning students and their teachers. Not only is it an excellent anthology – a comprehensive, well-chosen, well-edited collection of classic texts, from Plato to Sartre, Aristotle to Rawls – it is also a perspicuous systematic presentation of the subject, owing to the editor's skilful provision of introductory material and notes. Judiciously annotated lists of supplementary readings further enhance the value of this outstanding volume.”
Vere Chappell, University of Massachusetts

“In this anthology the highly respected philosopher John Cottingham has assembled 100 classic selections from Plato to Parfit. Done with care and considerable expertise the result is arguably the best single-volume introduction to the writings of Western philosophy.”
John Haldane, University of St Andrews

“A truly outstanding collection. An excellent course book which doubles as a solid reference volume. The clarity of the commentary makes these classic readings vivid and accessible to students.”
George Graham, University of Alabama

“By providing the means to appreciate philosophy as
the great historical odyssey of the human intellect, this ambitious anthology makes philosophy come alive for students and general readers alike.”
David Cooper, University of Durham