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The Story Of Philosophy epub ebook

by Will Durant

The Story Of Philosophy epub ebook

Author: Will Durant
Category: Philosophy
Language: English
Publisher: Washington Square Press (1970)
Pages: 543 pages
ISBN: 0671478303
ISBN13: 978-0671478308
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 208
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The Story of Philosophy book.

The Story of Philosophy book. Few write for the non-specialist as well as Will Durant, and this book is a splendid example of his eminently readable scholarship.

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.

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.

The Story of Philosophy.

The Story of Philosophy is a key book for any reader who wishes to survey the history and development of philosophical ideas . Durant does somewhat better in describing the major figures of nineteenth century philosophy.

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. Hegel, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche are all given extensive space. However, Durant spends an inordinate amount of time describing the thought of Herbert Spencer, who today is nearly forgotten. 615 Pages · 2010 · 3. 6 MB · 10,250 Downloads ·English. Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. Dietary Reference Intakes. 306 Pages·2001·886 KB·21,601 Downloads·New! Since 1994, the Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board has been involved in developing. 53 MB·55,384 Downloads·New!

His book The Story of Philosophy (1926) has introduced more people to the subject of philosophy than any other. Throughout his long life, Durant was passionate in his quest to bring philosophy out of the ivory towers of academia and into the lives of laypeople.

His book The Story of Philosophy (1926) has introduced more people to the subject of philosophy than any other. A champion of human rights issues such as the brotherhood of man and social reform long before such issues were popular, Durant, through his writings, continues to entertain and educate readers the world over, inspiring millions of people to lead lives of great perspective, understanding, and forgiveness.

Durant’s insight and wit never cease to dazzle; The Story of Philosophy is a key book for any reader who . WILL DURANT (1885-1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1968) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977).

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. He spent over fifty years writing his critically acclaimed eleven-volume series, The Story of Civilization (the later volumes written in conjunction with his wife, Ariel). A champion of human rights issues such as the brotherhood of man and social reform long before such issues were popular, Durant, through his writings, continues to educate and entertain readers the world over. 325 to 1300, as space and prejudice will permit. The Pleasure of Philosophy. Adventures in Genius. By will and ariel durant. Its method is integral history-the presentation of all phases of a culture or an age in one total picture and narrative. The obligation to cover the economic, political, legal, military, moral, social, religious, educational, scientific, medical, philosophic, literary, and artistic aspects of four distinct ine, Islamic, Judaic, and West European-has made unification and brevity difficult.

This book is not a complete history of philosophy.

THE STORY OF PHILOSOPHY has been tran8lated into German, Frenah, Swedish, Danish, Jugo-Sla'Dian, Ohine86, Japane86 and Hungarian. This book is not a complete history of philosophy. It is an. attempt to humanize knowledge by centering the story of speculative.

subtitle: The Lives & Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers 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.
Reviews (7)
Frlas
I spent nearly 30 years of my pre-retirement adult life teaching philosophy at the college level, having prior to this received my doctorate in philosophy from Johns Hopkins. Several years ago, because of an ongoing secondary interest in the history of Western civilization, I began reading through Will and Ariel Durant's multivolume "The Story of Civilization," a project that took me three years to complete. I found it to be a thorough (albeit slightly dated) summary of the history of Western civilization through the time of Napoleon.

Because I was no longer teaching and had a bit of time on my hands, I decided to read through Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy," a work that I had never had the opportunity to peruse during my professional career. I figured it would offer a refresher course on some of the philosophers who had less bearing on the areas of philosophy I regularly taught. I also hoped that it would give me some fresh insights into the philosophers and philosophical movements with which I possessed a degree of familiarity.

The book was not what I expected. I will note why momentarily. First, however, the positive. As I knew from having read his "Story of Civilization," Will Durant is an engaging writer. He is eloquent without being flowery or effete. His vocabulary is extensive, but he does not use it to show off his erudition. In no way is he pretentious. He is also able to explain difficult ideas in a straightforward, understandable fashion, certainly a boon when discussing the theories of philosophers. And he is good at explaining how the thought of a philosopher flows from and contrasts with that of his forbears.

However, if one is expecting a true history of philosophy, this is not the book to read. I would go so far as to say that the title of the book is quite misleading. This is not the story of philosophy. It is the story of the writings of those philosophers who, for whatever reason, Durant wants to highlight. The book pays no significant attention to ancient philosophy before Socrates or after Aristotle. While Socrates/Plato and Aristotle are examined in detail, subsequent developments in Greek and Roman thought are either covered in a most sketchy manner or absent altogether. For example, neo-Platonism in general and Plotinus in particular, are ignored.

Even more shocking is Durant's treatment of the entire middle ages. It is in fact a non-treatment. Without explanation (other than that Durant doesn't think it is important) we skip over nearly a thousand years of Western thought and quickly find ourselves studying the philosophy of Francis Bacon. One could read this book without being aware of philosophers such as Anselm, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, and many others (not to mention the Islamic philosophers of the tenth and eleventh centuries).

When we come to post-medieval philosophy, while we are treated to a fairly detailed explication of Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, and Kant, Durant doesn't even mention Descartes (sometimes regarded as the father of modern philosophy) or the British Empiricists (Locke, Berkeley, and Hume) except by way of extremely brief references when presenting the thought of other philosophers.

Durant does somewhat better in describing the major figures of nineteenth century philosophy. Hegel, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche are all given extensive space. However, Durant spends an inordinate amount of time describing the thought of Herbert Spencer, who today is nearly forgotten.

Does all this mean this book is not worth reading? No, it doesn't. I've given it Four Stars, for the reasons stated earlier. It does cover the thought of certain philosophers in a way that is reasonably complete (for an overview) and relatively easy to understand. However, one should not read this book as though it were a general introduction to the story of philosophy.

WOGY
I read this book when I was 18 and understood only maybe 25%, but it became a huge influence on my life. Now I have just re-read it at age 61, and figure I understood about 80% of it, and got an even bigger thrill from it this time around. Like religion or science or anything else, there is no need to completely understand philosophy it in order to find pleasure in it. Will Durant is an amazing writer who brings joy and understanding to the history of some of the world's greatest minds, and how they painted God, human nature, politics and wisdom in general.

Nawenadet
This work is amazing! This work is a gem. The expressions and choice of words makes this really poetry. If the quality of communication is what makes something a work of art (LRH, "Art"), then this book qualifies as enduring art. Furthermore, there is this pervading earnestness that only comes from one who is invested in what he writes about; it is no mere intellectual juggernaut tour de force. Mind you, a dictionary must be kept close at hand to look up the words that may not be clearly understood in order to imbibe its nectar. It may not be light reading--but it is magnificent reading! This book is an exemplar of a quote by Leonardo in the "Introduction," "the noblest pleasure, the joy of understanding." There is enormous pleasure between the covers of this work at times even rapture!

romrom
I read this when I was in high school, so it was my introduction to philosophy. I didn't understand much of it at the time, but stuck with philosophy and history (where Durant was also a major figure for me) in college and went on to teach both subjects. I bought this as a present for a young friend just entering high school and have told him it presents many windows. They will be dark for him now, but gradually he will begin to see wonderful things through some of them.

Welen
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.

Isha
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.

Ericaz
I'll confess that I don't really remember much at all from this book. It's full of information and it just goes into my eyeballs and doesn't sink in. Will Durant is a good writer, clever and witty. He seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge and I can't imagine the thousands of hours that he spent just acquiring knowledge. This book is long but not so long that it's overwhelming, not nearly as long as his multivolume history of pretty much everything that he wrote. It's a nice book to get your feet wet on philosophy, that's a good thing isn't it?

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