This unique approach to the history of Western thought uses the case study method to clarify ways of understanding reality and defining philosophy. The cases reflect the life experiences of twelve key philosophers from classical to contemporary times. Rogers and Baird summarize the historical context, central questions, and crucial factors of each life discussed. A brief response to each case, written by a major contemporary philosopher, helps readers analyze the cases and shows how philosophy deals with basic human concerns. Each case includes study questions, notes, and suggested readings.Rogers, Jack B. is the author of 'Intro.to Philosophy' with ISBN 9781579101398 and ISBN 1579101399.