The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy
Author: Will Durant
Pages: 543
ISBN: 9780671739164
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Release: 1961
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Examines the history of speculative thought by focusing on such dominant personalities as Plato, Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche

Story of Philosophy

Story of Philosophy
Author: Will Durant
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781476702605
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Release: 2012-07-24
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers—Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James, and Dewey—The Story of Philosophy is one of the great books of our time. Few write for the non-specialist as well as Will Durant, and this book is a splendid example of his eminently readable scholarship. Durant’s insight and wit never cease to dazzle; The Story of Philosophy is a key book for any reader who wishes to survey the history and development of philosophical ideas in the Western world.

Story of Philosophy

Story of Philosophy
Author: Will Durant
Pages: 412
ISBN: 9780671201593
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Release: 1961
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examines the history of speculative thought by focusing on such dominant personalities as Plato, Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche

The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy
Author: James Garvey,Jeremy Stangroom
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781623653057
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Release: 2013-11-05
Editor: Quercus
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Story of Philosophy sees philosophy for what it is: a passionate, exhilarating quest for human understanding that cannot be reduced to dry categories or simple definitions. Accessible writing, brilliant scholarship and over 150 colour illustrations combine to form a richly informative and highly entertaining work of narrative history. Packed with intriguing anecdotes and fascinating detail, James Garvey and Jeremy Stangroom bring us face to face with the most important philosophers in western history. The story begins with the Ancient Greeks, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, great thinkers who set the philosophical agenda to this day. It continues with Greek and Roman philosophers--slaves and emperors who found consolation in deep thoughts about life and death--and moves on to the religious thinkers of the Middle Ages. The origins of modern science, politics, and morality are examined, alongside theories of knowledge, logic, mind and matter. Along the way, you'll discover Descartes' evil demon, Locke on the limits of knowledge, Rousseau and Hobbes on human nature, Hume's scepticism, Kant on duty, Nietzsche's Superman, Marx on class struggle, Russell's logic, Wittgenstein on meaning, Sartre on bad faith, Foucault's take on power, and much more. Rigorous, refreshingly free of academic jargon, and highly accessible, this is the ideal introduction for anyone who wants to gain a new perspective on philosophy's deepest mysteries and most intriguing discoveries.

The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy
Author: James Garvey,Jeremy Stangroom
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780857385826
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Release: 2012-09-20
Editor: Quercus Publishing
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Story of Philosophy sees philosophy for what it is: a passionate, exhilarating quest for human understanding that cannot be reduced to dry categories or simple definitions. It's a story with plot twists, a murder, accidental discoveries, disastrous love affairs, geniuses, idiots, monks, and vagabonds. At the heart of it all are the ideas and obsessions that have captured great thinkers from the very beginning. Packed with intriguing anecdotes and fascinating detail, James Garvey and Jeremy Stangroom bring us face to face with the most important philosophers in western history. Rigorous, refreshingly free of academic jargon, and highly accessible, this is the ideal introduction for anyone who wants to gain a new perspective on philosophy's biggest thoughts.

The History of Philosophy

The History of Philosophy
Author: A. C. Grayling
Pages: 704
ISBN: 9781984878755
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Release: 2019-11-05
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A witty, learned, authoritative survey of philosophical thought.” —The New York Times Book Review The first authoritative and accessible single-volume history of philosophy to cover both Western and Eastern traditions, from one of the world’s most eminent thinkers The story of philosophy is an epic tale, spanning civilizations and continents. It explores some of the most creative minds in history. But not since the long-popular classic by Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy, published in 1945, has there been a comprehensive and entertaining single-volume history of this great, intellectual, world-shaping journey. With characteristic clarity and elegance, A. C. Grayling takes the reader from the age of the Buddha, Confucius, and Socrates through Christianity’s capture of the European mind, from the Renaissance and Enlightenment on to Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre and, finally, philosophy today. Surveying in tandem the great philosophical traditions of India, China, and the Persian-Arabic world, and astonishing in its range and accessibility, Grayling’s The History of Philosophy is destined to be a landmark work.

The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy
Author: Bryan Magee
Pages: 240
ISBN: 024124126X
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Release: 2016-05-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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History of Western Philosophy

History of Western Philosophy
Author: Bertrand Russell
Pages: 928
ISBN: 9781416599159
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Release: 2008-06-30
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hailed as “lucid and magisterial” by The Observer, this book is universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject of Western philosophy. Considered to be one of the most important philosophical works of all time, the History of Western Philosophy is a dazzlingly unique exploration of the ideologies of significant philosophers throughout the ages—from Plato and Aristotle through to Spinoza, Kant and the twentieth century. Written by a man who changed the history of philosophy himself, this is an account that has never been rivaled since its first publication over sixty years ago. Since its first publication in 1945, Lord Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy is still unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace, and its wit. In seventy-six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century. Among the philosophers considered are: Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, the Atomists, Protagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Cynics, the Sceptics, the Epicureans, the Stoics, Plotinus, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, Benedict, Gregory the Great, John the Scot, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Occam, Machiavelli, Erasmus, More, Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, the Utilitarians, Marx, Bergson, James, Dewey, and lastly the philosophers with whom Lord Russell himself is most closely associated—Cantor, Frege, and Whitehead, coauthor with Russell of the monumental Principia Mathematica.

The Story of Analytic Philosophy

The Story of Analytic Philosophy
Author: Anat Biletzki,Anat Matar
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781134716142
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Release: 2002-01-31
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This unique collection looks at analytic philosophy in its historical context. Prominent philosophers discuss key figures, including Russell and Wittgenstein, methods and results in analytic philosophy to present its story. This volume assesses the challenge posed by changing cultural and philosophical trends and movements.

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time
Author: Will Durant
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781439107140
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Release: 2002-11-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A wise and witty compendium of the greatest thoughts, greatest minds, and greatest books of all time -- listed in accessible and succinct form -- by one of the world's greatest scholars. From the "Hundred Best Books" to the "Ten Greatest Thinkers" to the "Ten Greatest Poets," here is a concise collection of the world's most significant knowledge. For the better part of a century, Will Durant dwelled upon -- and wrote about -- the most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human history. His selections have finally been brought together in a single, compact volume. Durant eloquently defends his choices of the greatest minds and ideas, but he also stimulates readers into forming their own opinions, encouraging them to shed their surroundings and biases and enter "The Country of the Mind," a timeless realm where the heroes of our species dwell. From a thinker who always chose to exalt the positive in the human species, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time stays true to Durant's optimism. This is a book containing the absolute best of our heritage, passed on for the benefit of future generations. Filled with Durant's renowned wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events and ideas in simple and exciting terms, this is a pocket-size liberal arts and humanist curriculum in one volume.

Sophie s World

Sophie s World
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781466804272
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Release: 2007-03-20
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.

What the Tortoise Taught Us

What the Tortoise Taught Us
Author: Burton Porter
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781442205536
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Release: 2010-11-16
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What the Tortoise Taught Us offers a lively, concise journey through western philosophy that explores the lives of major philosophers, their ideas, and how their thinking continues to influence our lives today.

On the Meaning of Life

On the Meaning of Life
Author: Will Durant,Owen C. Middleton
Pages: 152
ISBN: 1258006669
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Release: 2011-04
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the Fall of 1930 Will Durant found himself outside his home in Lake Hill, New York, raking leaves. He was approached by a well-dressed man who told him in a quiet tone that he was going to kill himself unless the philosopher could give him a valid reason not to. Not having the time to wax philosophic on the matter, Durant did his best to furnish the man with reasons to continue his existence. Haunted by the encounter with the despondent stranger, Durant contacted 100 luminaries in the arts, politics, religion and sciences, challenging them to respond not only to the fundamental question of life's meaning (in the abstract) but also to relate how they each (in the particular) found meaning, purpose and fulfillment in their own lives. Durant turned their answers and his own into a book entitled "On The Meaning Of Life," which was released to the general public in 1932. Unpromoted, the litte treasure found its way into few hands, and almost no copies of the book exist today. Now available for a new generation through Promethean Press, "On The Meaning Of Life" is a powerful book on a very powerful topic. In this book Will Durant has fashioned an unprecedented "dream team" of luminaries that is both profound and diverse: poets, philosophers, saints, inmates, athletes, Nobel Prize winners, college professors, psychologists, entertainers, musicians, authors and leaders. Within their varied insights, despite their uniqueness as individuals and the very different lives they led, the reader will note a consistent thread running through their viewpoints, revealing a commonality among human beings who not only seek meaning in life, but who actually achieve it.

The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy
Author: Bryan Magee
Pages: 240
ISBN: 078947994X
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Release: 2001
Editor: DK
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

An accessible interpretation of the subject of philosophy from a world-renowned philosopher and author offers readers a fundamental introduction to the history of ideas and human thought from around the world. Reissue.

A Little History of Philosophy

A Little History of Philosophy
Author: Nigel Warburton
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9780300152081
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Release: 2011-10-25
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it. In forty brief chapters, Nigel Warburton guides us on a chronological tour of the major ideas in the history of philosophy. He provides interesting and often quirky stories of the lives and deaths of thought-provoking philosophers from Socrates, who chose to die by hemlock poisoning rather than live on without the freedom to think for himself, to Peter Singer, who asks the disquieting philosophical and ethical questions that haunt our own times. Warburton not only makes philosophy accessible, he offers inspiration to think, argue, reason, and ask in the tradition of Socrates. A Little History of Philosophy presents the grand sweep of humanity's search for philosophical understanding and invites all to join in the discussion.

The Story of Thought

The Story of Thought
Author: Bryan Magee
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0789444550
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Release: 1998
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Intended for the newcomer as well as the student of philosophy, this history of Western philosophy illuminates the major philosophical issues and analyzes the key works of the great philosophers.

The Philosophy Book

The Philosophy Book
Author: DK
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781465441065
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Release: 2015-03-02
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What existed before the Universe was created? Where does self-worth come from? Do the ends always justify the means? The Philosophy Book answers the most profound questions we all have. It is your visual guide to the fundamental nature of existence, society, and how we think. Discover what it means to be free, whether science can predict the future, or how language shapes our thoughts. Learn about the world's greatest philosophers, from Plato and Confucius to modern thinkers such as Chomsky and Derrida and follow charts and timelines that graphically show the progression of ideas and logic. Written in plain English, with concise explanations of branches of philosophy such as metaphysics and ethics, it untangles complicated theories and makes sense of abstract concepts. It is an ideal reference whether you're a student or a general reader, with simple explanations of big ideas, including the four noble truths, the soul, class struggle, moral purpose, and good and evil. If you're curious about the deeper questions in life, The Philosophy Book is both an invaluable reference and illuminating read.

American Philosophy

American Philosophy
Author: John Kaag
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780374713119
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Release: 2016-10-11
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The epic wisdom contained in a lost library helps the author turn his life around John Kaag is a dispirited young philosopher at sea in his marriage and his career when he stumbles upon West Wind, a ruin of an estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that belonged to the eminent Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. Hocking was one of the last true giants of American philosophy and a direct intellectual descendent of William James, the father of American philosophy and psychology, with whom Kaag feels a deep kinship. It is James’s question “Is life worth living?” that guides this remarkable book. The books Kaag discovers in the Hocking library are crawling with insects and full of mold. But he resolves to restore them, as he immediately recognizes their importance. Not only does the library at West Wind contain handwritten notes from Whitman and inscriptions from Frost, but there are startlingly rare first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As Kaag begins to catalog and read through these priceless volumes, he embarks on a thrilling journey that leads him to the life-affirming tenets of American philosophy—self-reliance, pragmatism, and transcendence—and to a brilliant young Kantian who joins him in the restoration of the Hocking books. Part intellectual history, part memoir, American Philosophy is ultimately about love, freedom, and the role that wisdom can play in turning one’s life around.

The Problems of Philosophy

The Problems of Philosophy
Author: Bertrand Russell
Pages: 102
ISBN: 9780192854230
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Release: 2001
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This work, originally published in 1912, is an introduction to the theory of philosophical enquiry. It gives Russell's views on such subjects as the distinction between appearance and reality and the existence and nature of matter.

The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy
Author: Christoph Delius,Matthias Gatzemeier,Deniz Sertcan,Kathleen Wunscher
Pages: 120
ISBN: 1566493528
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Release: 2015-06-07
Editor: Welcome Rain
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A volume in the "Compact Knowledge Series," this title provides a well-illustrated survey of philosophy. Beginning in Classical Antiquity (the Greeks and Romans), the survey moves through the Middles Ages (the emergence of Scholasticism), The Renaissance, Rationalism and Empiricism in the Seventeenth Century, The Enlightenment, German Idealism, Positivism and Pragmatism in the 19th Century and on into the Present. Includes a Glossary and Index of Persons. Also available in this series: The Story of Architecture (978-1-56649-354-3) and The Story of World Religions (978-1-56649-353-6).