Story of Philosophy

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Simon and Schuster, 1961 - Biography & Autobiography - 412 pages
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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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Contents

Preface to the Second Edition M
1
CHAPTER I
5
Socrates
7
The Preparation of Plato
13
The Ethical Problem
16
The Political Problem
18
The Psychological Problem
20
The Psychological Solution
21
The Treatise on Religion and the State
125
The Political Treatise
144
VOLTAIRE AND THE FRENCH ENLIGHTENMENT
152
The Encyclopedia and the Philosophic Dictionary
175
CHAPTER VI
192
Kant Himself
198
TV The Critique of Practical Reason
209
Criticism and Estimate
216

The Political Solution
28
The Ethical Solution
32
Criticism
34
ARISTOTLE AND GREEK SCIENCE I The Historical Background
41
The Work of Aristotle
44
The Foundation of Logic
47
The Organization of Science
51
Aristotle as a Naturalist
53
The Foundation of Biology
54
Metaphysics and the Nature of God
56
Psychology and the Nature of Art
58
yil Ethics and the Nature of Happiness
60
Politics
63
CHAPTER III
75
The Political Career of Francis Bacon
83
The Great Reconstruction
92
Criticism
106
chapter
113
CHAPTER VII
227
The World as Idea
233
The Wisdom of Life
249
The Wisdom of Death
256
chapter vm
265
First Principles
274
The Evolution of Society
283
The Evolution of Morals
289
Conclusion
299
Nietzsche and Wagner
305
Decadence
321
chapter x
336
Benedetto Croce
350
Bertrand Russell
357
CHAPTER XI
365
Conclusion
396
Bibliography
403
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Will Durant (1885–1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1968) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977). He spent more than 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’s writing still educates and entertains readers around the world. 

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