The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers
By Will Durant

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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.


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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #16903 in Books
  • Brand: Pocket Books
  • Published on: 1991-01-01
  • Released on: 1991-01-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.75" h x 1.30" w x 4.19" l, .88 pounds
  • Binding: Mass Market Paperback
  • 528 pages

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Amazon.com Review
Easily the most engaging writer of Western intellectual history in the English language, Will Durant breathes life into philosophers and their ideas. He is colorful, witty, and above all, informative. Beginning with Socrates and ending with American philosopher John Dewey, Durant summarizes the lives and influence of philosophy's greatest thinkers, painting them with humanity and adding a few of his own wise platitudes. Seventy-some years after its first printing, The Story of Philosophy still stands as one of the best of its kind.

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"The New York Times" A delight.

From the Back Cover
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. 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.


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5Bought this book twice
By Heath
I bought and listened to this as an audiobook, and I simply loved it. So much so that I bought a paper copy for my library so that I could refer back to it and so that when my kids are old enough I can recommend it to them.

I wish I had read this book for a college course, because I would have loved to have been able to spend hours discussing it with other people. Even without all of that, I found it to be fascinating in explaing details about the lives of the philosophers and the details of the differences between their ideas. This is the kind of book you can read over and over again and keep learning more from it.

I'll leave more nuanced reviews to philosophy experts, but if you want to survey philosophy over time in one digestible book, I can't imagine you could do any better than this one.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5The world of philosophy perfectly explained
By Brendan Carl Clarke
If you wanted to understand modern philosophy then by advising to go right back to the Greek roots to understand all of it. Those early beginnings when man first lifted his head to the heavens and began to think and to contemplate. In this book you find great descriptions of these wonderful minds and trains of thought that they brilliantly followed. Even those trains of thought which Are now considered wrong or obsolete are fascinating and worthy of study. This helps you to understand each branch, each way of understanding life the universe and Everything. Will Durant explains everything clearly and precisely. This book is a fantastic introduction to those who are just starting out in philosophy and a really excellent reference for those who are into deeper study.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5My favorite!
By Brendan
My favorite book. Durant connects the greatest Western philosophers of all time in a beautiful way. It is just as enjoyable to read as it is informative. This book is like a good friend. I can leave it for months then pick it up again, and it's like I never left. The audible version is great too.

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