A Little History of Philosophy

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Yale University Press, Oct 25, 2011 - Philosophy - 260 pages
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Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

In forty brief chapters, Nigel Warburton guides us on a chronological tour of the major ideas in the history of philosophy. He provides interesting and often quirky stories of the lives and deaths of thought-provoking philosophers from Socrates, who chose to die by hemlock poisoning rather than live on without the freedom to think for himself, to Peter Singer, who asks the disquieting philosophical and ethical questions that haunt our own times.

Warburton not only makes philosophy accessible, he offers inspiration to think, argue, reason, and ask in the tradition of Socrates. A Little History of Philosophy presents the grand sweep of humanity's search for philosophical understanding and invites all to join in the discussion.

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User Review  - Aline Soules - Goodreads

This very readable book gives a concise and clear overview of philosophers' theories from Socrates to the present day. I haven't taken a philosophy course since the 1960s and found this partly a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Borax - Goodreads

Philosophers that stuck out in my mind: Socrates- question everything...father of philosophy...never wrote anything down (Plato wrote about Socrates)....forced to eat hemlock after people got mad at ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

DIVNigel Warburton is senior lecturer in philosophy, The Open University. He is the author of several popular introductions to philosophy and is the interviewer on the Philosophy Bites podcast. He lives in Oxford, UK./div

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