Alain Renaut, Ludivine Thiaw-Po-Une, Jean-Cassien Billier, Patrick Savidan

Philosophy Publication date : May 25, 2005

This book accompanied by a CD-Rom will prove to be an essential tool for anyone who wishes to discover and understand philosophical thought.

Philosophy is presented here in 28 lessons, originally conceived for French high-school students in their final year of secondary school. The lessons cover the ideas of some of the greatest philosophers of all time (Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant and Hegel) as well as some of the most important contemporary thinkers (Bourdieu, Lacan, Foucault, Rawls, Rorty and Derrida). With great clarity and rigour, the authors delve into some of the main questions of contemporary philosophy. They examine recent scientific discoveries (in biology and astrophysics, for example) and some key issues raised by bio-ethics, the relations between society and religion, the environment, and the European constitution. A glossary of philosophical terms and a complete repertory of philosophers complete the book.

The CD-Rom contains an anthology of more than 600 philosophical, political, economic, historical and literary texts. Numerous interactive tools (glossary, repertory of philosophers) make this an indispensable work.

Alain Renaut is a university professor of philosophy and the author of numerous works. He has translated Kant into French and, in 2002, he participated in the overhaul of the official philosophy curriculum as taught in the final year of French high schools.
Jean-Cassien Billier, Patrick Savidan and Ludivine Thiaw-Po-Une are philosophy teachers and research fellows at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.