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

  • Title: The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers
  • Author: Will Durant
  • ISBN: 9780671739164
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers By Will Durant 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 oA 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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    1. Riku Sayuj on said:

      This was a long postponed book as I always thought it would be a long and trudging read, hard to comprehend and harder to remember afterwards But Durant s treatment of the philosophers and their ideas as organic evolutions of their character and their times was what made the book a joy to read.The ideas and the long dead philosophers come alive magnificently in these pages and Durant even manages to fill one with the thirst to go ahead and read all these works that are compressed and presented h [...]

    2. Jessica on said:

      This is the most sensitive look at philosophy I ve ever read Will Durant is brilliant and who wasn t touched by his heartfelt dedication to his wife at the beginning I think what really set this book apart is Durant s inclusion of just enough biographical information of the philosophers to remind you that they were just people like you and me who happened to think deep, amazing things about life and were deeply affected by their own childhoods and personal lives, i.e Nietzsche and his less than [...]

    3. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      The Story of Philosophy, Will Durant The Story of Philosophy The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers is a 1926 book by Will Durant, in which he profiles several prominent Western philosophers and their ideas, beginning with Socrates and Plato and on through Friedrich Nietzsche Durant attempts to show the interconnection of their ideas and how one philosopher s ideas informed the next 1986 1336 426

    4. Trevor on said:

      This is quite a conservative history of philosophy As such I would probably recommend Russell s work over this one but this has the advantage of being shorter, and that s quite an advantage There are main chapters on a series of key philosophers Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche and some shorter chapters on Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James and Dewey Along the way he also mentions Comte, Hegel, Locke, Rousseau and Hume Of the main chapters [...]

    5. Roy Lotz on said:

      The Story tried to salt itself with a seasoning of humor, not only because wisdom is not wise if it scares away merriment, but because a sense of humor, being born of perspective, bears a near kinship to philosophy each is the soul of the other.A while ago, as I began to set about learning philosophy, I bought a used copy of this book, but I never got around to reading it The book sat, unread, on my shelves for a few years, its yellowed pages only growing yellow, and its already cracked and bro [...]

    6. Roy Lotz on said:

      The Story tried to salt itself with a seasoning of humor, not only because wisdom is not wise if it scares away merriment, but because a sense of humor, being born of perspective, bears a near kinship to philosophy each is the soul of the other.A few years ago, as I began teaching myself philosophy, I bought a used copy of this book But I could never seem to get around to it So its yellowed pages only grew yellow, and its already cracked and broken spine castigated me from my bookshelf every ti [...]

    7. Arghya Dutta on said:

      The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant is an excellent book which discusses the lives and works of famous philosophers from ancient Greek to recent Continental and American Philosophers It is well known that Philosophy books, even the expository ones, tend to be obscure and it seems compulsory for every student of Philosophy to inch her way through the difficult, and often obfuscated, text Many just flee because they come for some consolations and are simply not interested, and prepared, to dive [...]

    8. Matt on said:

      Ok, so I can only give this book two stars for the following reasons According to the admittedly arbitrary GR star signification system, two stars means it s ok This is, of course, a bit of an arbitrary distinction amid arbitrariness stars wtf since a definitive statement isn t really being made Ironically, I m going to have to back up my seemingly arbitrary statement with some definitive ones Ambiguity be damned Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late So I definitely applaud the [...]

    9. Nandakishore Varma on said:

      This is the best introduction to Western philosophy that the layman can find It s a dummies book which, however, does not assume that the reader is a dummy.I would have given it a five, had it included Eastern philosophies too.

    10. Vishal on said:

      As a total philosophy novice, this book served as a great introduction lucidly written, a gripping kaleidoscopic look at the lives of some of the great thinkers of our time, and largely accessible apart from the unavoidable strays into abstruse philosophy talk To me, philosophy is most appealing when applied to the political, social or personal realm it s the metaphysical part that I struggle to get my head around The most interesting sections in this book were those that dealt with the early Gr [...]

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    12. Erik Graff on said:

      In August of 1982 I was invited down to Tampa St Pete with my girlfriend to visit her paternal grandmother We stayed in a trailer court with a pool during a week of hot and muggy weather With no car, the only activities available to us were walks to the mall or sitting by the pool For me, this being my first trip to Florida, the high points were the many varieties of reptiles turtles in the drainage ditch behind the house and magical little lizards darting about everywhere.School was to start wh [...]

    13. KNIGHT on said:

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    14. Nawal on said:

      Delightful, Compelling and involving.In the adroit hands of Will Durant, that make even the most complicated system of thought accessible to the reader, the story of philosophy is an exciting trek into the realm of thought, from the ancient philosophers school of Athens to modern philosophy Durant breathes vivid life into his most influential philosophers which include Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant with a nod to Hegel , Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell [...]

    15. Sidharth Vardhan on said:

      on bad side, book is a difficult reading and if you are new to subject might kill entirely your interest Also it should be called The story of western Philosophy as there is absolutely nothing about Asian philosophy.Also some big names from western philosophy itself are missing For someone wanting an introduction, Sophie s world is incredible reading it is for serious students and it wins 4 stars as it is far better far better than you may find in market you can t help respecting writer for his [...]

    16. Sumirti Singaravel on said:

      A best book to begin with to acquaint with philosophy The author has imbued the whole work with passion, clarity and brevity The nuances of each philosophical idea is explained without turning pedantic and the striking vein of agility in his style provides a colorful read I enjoyed those chapters on Voltaire my favorite writer and philosopher and the dazzling accounts on Spinoza Never before have I understood the philosophical stand of Kant with such a pristine lucidity However, I am skeptical a [...]

    17. Lalit Kishore on said:

      One of the best books I have ever read It s a must read for people who want to start reading philosophy The language is very good and the writing is passionate It gives two things to the beginner which in my opinion are very important the life and background of the philosopher which led him to come up with that particular philosophy and also the limitations and fallacies of every philosophical outlook, which cautions the reader when he decides to start reading any major philosophical book One ca [...]

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