The Story of Philosophy

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 1, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 543 pages
240 Reviews
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 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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Excellent, brief overview of the great philosophers. - Goodreads
Best introduction to philosophy. - Goodreads
Durrant's prose are eloquent and readable. - Goodreads
The writing style is intelligent but not overwhelming. - Goodreads
Durant's book is an enjoyable and educational read. - Goodreads
Great book for philosophy introduction. - Goodreads

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I thought this book presented a decent but not too detailed overview of philosophical history up through it's publish date. The book presents major philosophers, one thinker at a time, and it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ray Jackson - Goodreads

This work describes the lives and opinions of the greater philosophers. The period of time covered begins in the early centuries before Christ (BC) with the famous Greek philosophers Socrates and ... Read full review

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Contents

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xiii
II
xxv
III
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IV
63
V
123
VI
187
VII
257
VIII
329
IX
389
X
457
XI
522
XII
584
XIII
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About the author (1991)

WILL DURANT (1885-1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1968) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977). 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. 

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