"This book is a little classic."-Merryn Williams, Oxford Times -- Merryn Williams Oxford Times "A charming read."-Christian Century Christian Century "This brisk primer is, for the neophyte, a good place to start immersing oneself in the history of Western thought."-Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly "This book is a little classic, invaluable for the man or woman in the street who would like to know more about philosophy... [It] suggests that philosophy is 'not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose', but a thoroughly enjoyable way to stretch your mind."-Merryn Williams, Oxford Times -- Merryn Williams Oxford Times "The book has a certain quality that comes from accepting a challenge under severe conditions, then taking it on without making a big deal of the whole thing. And the word for that quality is grace."-Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed -- Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed "With this sweeping and enjoyable work the author affirms that deliberating on reality and questioning how our lives are best lived is still worth the trouble."-PopMatters PopMatters "If you are looking for a book about philosophy, Nigel Warburton's A Little History of Philosophy is the place to begin...Accessible, funny and informative."-Sacramento News and Review Sacramento News and Review "Survey the entire history of (western) philosophy through short intellectual biographies of 40 philosophers from Socrates to Peter Singer, in as broadly approachable a style as EH Gombrich's A Little History of the World. A tall order; that Warburton (of the excellent podcast Philosophy Bites) has succeeded so well is a triumph."-Steven Poole, The Guardian -- Steven Poole The Guardian
About the Author
Nigel 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.