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Jeffrey Reid is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. His books include The Anti-Romantic: Hegel Against Ironic Romanticism (Bloomsbury, 2014) and Real Words: Language and System in Hegel (University of Toronto Press, 2007). He teaches the Great Philosophers course at the University of Ottawa.


"Jeffrey Reid has written a stimulating introduction to a number of key figures in the history of western philosophy. He shows that philosophy, far from being a discipline of abstract argumentation, is concerned with issues of central importance to anyone interested in living a life that is fully aware of its own limitations and possibilities." -- John Burbidge, Trent University

"Great Philosophers is an excellent text for use in the classroom: it is clear, accurate, and engaging in its interpretation. The selection of figures, from the Presocratics and other Greek philosophers, through Hannah Arendt and Charles Taylor, will allow students to get a good sense of the full range of thinkers in the Western philosophical tradition. I recommend it very highly." -- Robert Metcalf, University of Colorado, Denver

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