The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
By Will Buckingham, Douglas Burnham, Peter J. King, Clive Hill, Marcus Weeks, John Marenbon

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An essential introduction to the history, concepts, and thinking behind philosophy that demystifies what can often be daunting subject matter, laid out in DK's signature visual style.

Are the ideas of René Descartes, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes still relevant today? The Philosophy Book unpacks the writings and ideas of more than 100 of history's biggest thinkers, taking you on a journey from Ancient Greece to modern day. Explore feminism, rationalism, idealism, existentialism, and other influential movements in the world of philosophy.

From Socrates to Confucius to Julia Kristeva, The Philosophy Book breaks down difficult concepts using innovating graphics that pop off the page alongside creative typography. Cutting through the haze of academia and untangling complicated theories to show how our social, political, and ethical ideas are formed, The Philosophy Book contextualizes the information around time periods, innovative thinkers, method, and philosophical approach.

With graphics, clear writing, a philosopher directory, and a vocabulary glossary, The Philosophy Book is a perfect and comprehensive introduction to a complicated and fascinating subject.

Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics, along with straightforward and engaging writing, to make complex subjects easier to understand. These award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #20105 in Books
  • Brand: Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
  • Published on: 2011-01-17
  • Released on: 2011-01-17
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.63" h x 1.04" w x 8.00" l, 2.60 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 352 pages


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Editorial Reviews


"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." –

"This graphically lively presentation, which also features color reproductions, colorfully framed pull quotes, photos, and a variety of fonts, offers students an overview of the ideas and concepts generated by people who have spent their lives "wondering about the world." – School Library Journal

"In The Philosophy Book, the ideas and thoughts of more than one hundred of the most influential philosophers from the ancient world through today are presented in a succinct, yet highly readable, format. From all corners of the world and from different traditions and approaches to philosophy and the art of reasoning, the contributors to this excellent book highlight the impact of each philosopher on his society and how it affected the development of subsequent ideas. Students of philosophy or those interested in human thought will thoroughly enjoy this book. This volume is an excellent addition to a general philosophy collection." – Voice of Youth Advocate/VOYA Magazine

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful.
5Many of the one star reviews are out of date
By in1ear (John Row)
Issues that are listed in some low rating reviews have been corrected. THESE ISSUES HAVE BEEN CORRECTED:
- there's no way to highlight text Corrected
- no way to change and adjust font size Corrected
- no way to bookmark pages Corrected
- no way to copy text Corrected
- no way to use a word dictionary Corrected
- no way to flip kindle/read in its horizontal position Corrected
- no table of contents on the top menu to go to Corrected

Regards content the "Big Ideas Simply Explained" pretty covers the work.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5Love it
By Josh Taylor
Is it heavy in depth? No, but if you are like me and want to poruse a book meant for a coffee table atmosphere, this is it. It gives a solid page or two on the philosopher and what school they taught from. As in the era. Like a textbook it highlights all you need to know from the person or era. I like it a lot. Oh, design is wonderful.

59 of 61 people found the following review helpful.
5The Philosophy Book
By Michael L. Sweet
This is a great book. I love the way the book is layed out with graphics and pictures. I was a philosophy major in college some 36 years ago but I am constantly reading these type of books. The Philosophy Book does a great job of introducing philosphers from all over the world and many that I have never heard about. I agree with another reviewer, that Nietzshe's section is really well done. I wish I had this book in college. It is hard to please everybody on a scope this large but for the most part, I feel that all areas of philosophy were touched upon. I like the way the writers show which branch and approach of philosphy each belong too. I also like the way the writers explained the philosophy by putting "bubbles" in a diagram. The only critique (and it is little) is that I wish more of the writing/books of each philospher were included.
Update: I bought this book over the holidays. My love for this book hasn't waned. It is a great price and gets me interested in other philosphers I haven't read. Highly recommended.

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