The Story of Philosophy

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 1, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 543 pages
182 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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User Review  - Aaron - Goodreads

This seemed like a good overview at first glance, but after getting into it, it became pretty obvious that this is a very conservative history of philosophy and Durant's selections (and style) left me ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mohammad.F Jaber - Goodreads

an amazing book for an amateur in philosophy. although some philosophers were left out and hegel was merely mentioned, but all in all a great book. Read full review

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Contents

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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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