Philosophy is a subject that influences many aspects of our lives and our understanding of our experiences yet it can seem dauntingly inaccessible. ... Show synopsis Philosophy is a subject that influences many aspects of our lives and our understanding of our experiences yet it can seem dauntingly inaccessible. Unrivalled in its clarity and insight, "The Story of Philosophy" guides us expertly through the history of ideas and thinking. It features history of Western philosophy. Professor Bryan Magee traces over 2500 years of Western philosophy from the Ancient Greeks to modern thinkers. His deep appreciation of the subject and grasp of its complexities has enabled him to produce a book accessible to the general reader yet substantial enough for the more experienced student. What is philosophy? Philosophers have questioned the fundamental principles underlying all knowledge and existence. Among the important philosophical issues that "The Story of Philosophy" addresses are questions such as 'What is being?' and 'Can the existence of God be proved?' Covering every major philosopher from Plato to Popper via Saint Augustine Locke and Nietzsche, Bryan Magee opens up the world of ideas in a way that is easily understood by everyone. Additional background information puts the philosophers in historical context with the influences that shaped their lives and work. Comprehensive highly visual and filled with penetrating observations "The Story of Philosophy" is the essential guide to this fascinating subject.