Fortress Press

Philosophy: A Short, Visual Introduction

Philosophy: A Short, Visual Introduction is the ideal path to understanding the philosophical ideas that influence Christian theology.

Scott Paeth’s fast-paced introduction covers the most important movements and thinkers with precision and clarity. The major ideas are creatively illustrated by artist Joseph Novak, whose crisp, modern style brings big concepts to life for readers. 

The result is an articulate, no-nonsense approach that guides readers from the ideas of ancient philosophers to contemporary thinkers and movements that impact Christians today.

Philosophy is part of the Christianity and the Liberal Arts series, which recognizes that many Christians are eager to deepen their understanding of the liberal arts, yet have limited time to do so. By reviewing key fields—philosophy, history, literature, world religions, and the arts—in a concise, creative way, books in the Christianity and the Liberal Arts series will inspire new insights for a new generation of Christian life and ministry.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451492378
  • eBook ISBN 9781506401485
  • Dimensions 7.5 x 9.25
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date October 1, 2015


“There are a few words of advice I would give myself if I could go back to when I started my journey through Christian higher education—and one of the my main points would have been to spend more time understanding philosophy. It is a mistake to think that just because you are in history, Christian education, liturgy, pastoral care, getting your M.Div., or even just a lay member, that the influence and discussion of philosophical ideas and people will be minimal. Philosophy is so important to Christian theological education and Scott Paeth’s Philosophy: A Short, Visual Introduction allows those with little to no background an accesible way to learn these people and ideas that will assist us in whatever journey we have been called. It is a vital resource for anyone’s library.”
Stephanie Bliese
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“What a useful book! Philosophy: A Short, Visual Introduction is brief but every sentence is full of sense. Scott Paeth has given us an introduction that judiciously introduces students to the major philosophers and their philosophies. Joseph Novak’s illustrations are not only accurate and helpful but also visually pleasing. One thing I especially like is that unlike other introductions this book succeeds in showing how and why understanding these thinkers and their ideas is important for theologians and their students. I will definitely use this book in more than one course.”
—Robert B. Stewart
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

“As all great teachers know, clear and accurate summary of major themes of a discipline for non-specialists can be a challenging exercise. In this immensely readable text, Paeth introduces a wide swath of philosophers and themes along with clear explication as to how their concerns intersect with those of Christian theology proper. In doing so, he and visual collaborator  Joseph Novak render a great service to those seeking a reliable and visually exciting resource to put into the hands of those curious about the broader philosophical currents that flow into the Christian tradition of faith seeking understanding.”
—Robert Saler
Christian Theological Seminary