The pursuit of knowledge has remained perennial since mankind's
earliest days. A born thinker, philosopher, scientist, and
discoverer, man has addressed many questions at the very center of
life. In attempting to answer such questions, thinkers and
philosophers have set forth many convincing (and conflicting)
hypotheses, but all agree that achieving knowledge is the route to
In "Introduction to World Philosophies: A Chronological
Progression," Mirza I. Ashraf describes perplexing philosophies in
a simple style. He presents the central ideas of prominent
philosophers of the East and West from Zoroaster and Thales to
Foucault and Derrida. He attempts to show that without these
mentors of societies and civilizations, mankind would never have
become what it is today and would not realize its potential for
At a time in world history when the global exchange of
information is often instantaneous, Ashraf's detailed presentations
lead us toward a unified understanding of thought and culture. At
this juncture, when the subject of world religions, traditions, and
ideologies is at the heart of so much bitterness, these thinkers
encourage us to think globally and generate a common approach to
humankind's philosophical quest.
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