Exploiting an innovative structure and a streamlined and easy-to-understand style, the Manuale di base is proposed as a basic text for those approaching the history of philosophy for the first time. The first section presents the major writers of classic, Christian and modern philosophy whom all students need to be familiar with. The description of the context and the analysis of the principal works are conceived in such a way as to identify the main issues of philosophical reflection and bring the reader into direct contact with the texts. The second section is instead devoted to the most significant trends and issues of contemporary philosophy, both organised by lemmas, ranging from epistemology to utilitarianism, from bioethics to globalisation and neurobiology. This is an updated introduction to philosophy which avails of the contributions of some of the most eminent exponents on the Italian philosophical scene.
Francesco Coniglione is professor of History of Philosophy in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Department of Education and Training at the University of Catania, where he also co-ordinates the international PhD course in Human Sciences.
Michele Lenoci is professor of History of Contemporary Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Cattolica University of Sacro Cuore in Milan. He is a member of the Scientific Committees of «Rivista di filosofia neoscolastica» and «Brentano Studien».
Giovanni Mari, professor of History of Philosophy in the Faculty of Education of the University of Florence, is the editor of «Iride. Filosofia e discussione pubblica».
Gaspare Polizzi, lecturer in history of philosophy at the IUL-University of Florence, is a scholar of the history of modern and contemporary philosophic and scientific thought.