A brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers--Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, ...Show synopsisA 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.Hide synopsis
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If you are new to philosophy this book will be an excellent introduction. It is not a complete review of all philosophers and philosophies, but an outline of some of the more well known. It serves as a starting point for a more extensive study. While some may question aspects of Durant's work surely no one can deny his true enthusiasm and love of his subject. I came across this book when I was just beginning an interest in philosophy and dog-eared and worn as it is now it is still a favorite of mine. I often re-read it when I find my own enthusiasm in philosophy is flagging. Come to think of it, I probably need a less worn copy of my own!
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