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: #18226 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.

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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. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Great philosophers in a big nutshell.
By Joseph Glavin
Ariel and will Durant have written many wonderful books but The Story of Philosophy by Will is the epitome of his ability to write a scholarly and complete history of the great minds that have pondered the essence of life. If you have never read anything about philosophy, this the place to start. If you are already a student of that science, this lengthy volume will add to your knowledge. Durant does not espouse any particular school of philosophy but he lays out the basics of the thinking of the most recognized minds that allows you to make your own judgment. Even if you have only a passing interest in philosophy, get this book and keep it at your bedside. You will find yourself reading it many more times than you would ever have guessed.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5Beware of the 99 cent version!
By One Old Bob
This book is wonderful, but if you like this book, avoid the cheap 99 cent version. So many typos, it can be hard to read sometimes. Even the cover reads "Phiosophy" (yes, no L in the word!). Be aware that there's a much better Kindle version that you can find on Amazon if you search with "Story of Philosophy Simon and Schuster". It costs a little more, but it's worth it.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5PHILOSOPHY CONFUSING? TRY THIS OVERVIEW BY WILL DURANT . . .
By Panache 2620
My introduction to Philosophy began with Will and Ariel Durant long ago. They made Philosophy accessible to me as a youngster and I have been taken by their clarity ever since. In fact when the subject becomes too convoluted, I seek the Durants' explanation to make things a bit clearer before I continue to tackle the meaning imputed to certain words by the various philosophers. I picked up this book, more of a reference and perhaps a book to lend to someone who may be developing a budding interest in Philosophy. I recommend this book to newcomers to the subject and us "old timers" as well.

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