The Mentor Philosophers

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The Mentor Philosophers was a series of 6 books each covering a period of philosophical thought, published by the New American Library. Each book was edited by an esteemed contemporary philosophy academic and contained analysis of a group of philosophers from a chosen period.

The series was very influential during the 1950s and 1960s and went a number of editions in paperback. Literary historian Gilbert Highet called it a "very important and interesting series".

Title Year published Editor Subjects Time period
The Age of Belief 1954 Anne Fremantle St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Boethius, Erigena, Anselm, Abelard, Bonaventure, Averroes Medieval Philosophers
The Age of Adventure 1956 Giorgio de Santillana Nicholas of Cusa, Da Vinci, Thomas More, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Erasmus, Martin Luther, Albrecht Dürer, Copernicus, Montaigne, Kepler, Jakob Böhme, Galileo, Richard Hakluyt, Giordano Bruno Renaissance Philosophers
The Age of Reason 1956 Stuart Hampshire Francis Bacon, Pascal, Hobbes, Galileo, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz 17th century philosophers
The Age of Enlightenment 1956 Isaiah Berlin John Locke, Voltaire, George Berkeley, David Hume, Thomas Reid, Condillac, La Mettrie, Johann Georg Hamann, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 18th century philosophers
The Age of Ideology 1956 Henry David Aiken Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Auguste Comte, Stuart Mill, Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Ernst Mach, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard 19th century philosophers
The Age of Analysis 1955 Morton White Peirce, Whitehead, James, Edmund Husserl, John Dewey, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, Wittgenstein, Croce, Bergson, Rudolf Carnap, Sartre, Santayana 20th century philosophers