An Introduction to Philosophy: Perennial Principles of the Classical Realist Tradition

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An Introduction to Philosophy by Daniel J. Sullivan is intended for the general reader as well as for the student. Its primary purpose is to present the elements of philosophy with simplicity and clarity in order to arouse that sense of wonder which Aristotle says is the beginning of the love of wisdom.

This well-structured overview begins with an historical study of philosophy, tracing the evolution of philosophical problems from their simplest origins, and continues with an analysis of the more concrete problems about man himself. The more abstract problems of man and his relation to the world around him make up the final study of this book.

Sullivan works in the great classical, realist tradition of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and their modern-day inheritors, exposing the perennially valid and vital principles of philosophy and emphasizing the profound moral and social implications of these principles. He respects the distinction between natural and revealed wisdom, but does not hesitate to point out how the conclusions of philosophy are complemented by the truths of revelation.

An Introduction to Philosophy clearly demonstrates that philosophy is a good deal more than a classroom exercise.
Daniel J. Sullivan
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  • 5
    Gifts ?

    Posted by Jeanice domec on Oct 10th 2023

    Gifts ?

  • 5
    Fascinating perspective

    Posted by Christian Treat on Sep 21st 2023

    This book offers fascinating perspectives of life, God, and the universe as a whole. I will cherish this resource for years to come. Highly recommend.

  • 5
    This 1957 masterpiece can help beleaguered conservative and pro-life people in 2023 understand how leftists attempt to destroy contemporary society.

    Posted by Dr. K. on May 24th 2023

    Though brief for an introduction to a major field of study (280 pages of text, followed by extensive reading lists and an index), Sullivans work takes time to read, digest, and understand, so prepare at least a month for delving into his summary of 2,500 years of Western philosophy. The presence of an index is a major benefit. As many TAN Books customers know, works published by this firm often do not have indices, making it extremely difficult for students and faculty to conduct research without wasting time flipping through pages.

  • 5
    A Great Beginning!

    Posted by Michael L. on Aug 4th 2022

    In a world of "I think; therefore it is," a return to classical realism is called for. To recover sanity, we must get out of our heads and seek what is real. This introduction is a great beginning on this journey. I highly recommend it to all seekers of God's face in creation. Let;s call it a "wake-up call" for the Woke.

  • 5
    An Introduction to Philosophy: Perennial Principles of the Classical Realist Tradition

    Posted by George F. on Jun 22nd 2022

    Clear, concise, and very readable. Solid intro text for the layman.

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