Ch 11: Important Philosophers in History

About This Chapter

Work through this study guide chapter to review information about history's most significant philosophers. You can access these short lessons and quizzes at any time, and they're designed to improve your philosopher knowledge for exams, homework assignments and more.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering information about the most important philosophers throughout history will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the beliefs and contributions of important philosophers in history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the most historically important philosophers
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about world history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Important Philosophers in History chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about important philosophers for a standard world history course. You'll study the biographies, beliefs and contributions of the following philosophers:

  • Rene Descartes
  • Ibn Rushd
  • John Locke
  • Robert Boyle
  • Ernst Haeckel
  • Joseph Priestley

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: Important Philosophers in History
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Rene Descartes: Biography, Facts & Quotes

1. Rene Descartes: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Learn about Rene Descartes' family, education, travels, and personal life. Descartes spent much of his life writing, thinking, and corresponding with his close friends like Marin Mersenne.

Rene Descartes: Contributions & Achievements

2. Rene Descartes: Contributions & Achievements

In this lesson, you will learn about Rene Descartes, a mathematical and philosophical genius. You will also learn about the most famous phrase in the history of philosophy.

Ibn Rushd: Biography, Quotes & Books

3. Ibn Rushd: Biography, Quotes & Books

In this lesson, we will learn about the Muslim philosopher ibn Rushd. He is generally considered to be not only the most important Muslim philosopher, but one of the most important thinkers of world history.

John Locke: Biography, Beliefs & Facts

4. John Locke: Biography, Beliefs & Facts

John Locke had enduring friendships with other thinkers like Anthony Ashley Cooper and Damaris Masham. Learn about Locke's family and friendships, the political and religious turmoil that shaped his life, and the health problems that eventually killed him.

Robert Boyle: Biography, Facts & Quotes

5. Robert Boyle: Biography, Facts & Quotes

In this lesson we will learn about the life of Robert Boyle, an Irish chemist who played an important role in the Scientific Revolution. We will explore his family life, education, religious attitude, and experience in Oxford, England.

Robert Boyle: Inventions, Atomic Theory & Discoveries

6. Robert Boyle: Inventions, Atomic Theory & Discoveries

In the 17th century, Robert Boyle made groundbreaking advances in chemistry. In fact, there's even a law named after him: Boyle's Law. Boyle stressed the importance of experimental work, in contrast to the ideas of Aristotelianism.

Ernst Haeckel: Biography, Facts & Theory

7. Ernst Haeckel: Biography, Facts & Theory

In this lesson, we explore the life and work of Ernst Haeckel. A German biologist, zoologist, and proponent of evolution, Haeckel made great contributions to science and, unfortunately, the rise of Nazism.

Joseph Priestley: Biography, Contributions & Experiments

8. Joseph Priestley: Biography, Contributions & Experiments

In this lesson, you will gain basic knowledge of Joseph Priestley. The lesson will provide a brief biography of his life, some of his contributions and his experiments that influenced many people.

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