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The Story of Philosophy: A History of Western Thought [Kindle Edition]

James Garvey , Jeremy Stangroom
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'an invaluable introduction to the topic ... offers clarity, insight and the occasional dash of wit' Scotland on Sunday.

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The Story of Philosophy sees philosophy for what it is: a passionate, exhilarating quest for human understanding that cannot be reduced to dry categories or simple definitions. It's a story with plot twists, a murder, accidental discoveries, disastrous love affairs, geniuses, idiots, monks, and vagabonds. At the heart of it all are the ideas and obsessions that have captured great thinkers from the very beginning.

Packed with intriguing anecdotes and fascinating detail, James Garvey and Jeremy Stangroom bring us face to face with the most important philosophers in western history. Rigorous, refreshingly free of academic jargon, and highly accessible, this is the ideal introduction for anyone who wants to gain a new perspective on philosophy's biggest thoughts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3944 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (17 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VPJPE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This is an inspiring, intellectually stimulating and accessible introduction to the history of western philosophy.
The book is divided into six sections: 'The Beginning of Philosophy'; 'Greeks & Romans'; 'Religion'; 'Knowledge'; 'Modern Matters' & 'Current Concerns'. Some of the topics covered include 'The First Philosophers'; 'Cynics, Stoics and Sceptics'; 'Faith and Reason'; 'Renaissance and Enlightenment'; 'Idealism'; 'Nihilism and Existentialism' & 'Continental Philosophy'. The book concludes with predictions on the possible future of philosophy and suggestions for further reading.
'The Story of Philosophy' is an exciting, beautifully illustrated and clearly written guide to a fascinating subject which should appeal to the general reader as well as students of philosophy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 4 Nov 2013
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Very conprehensive and in Kindle format very good value. If you want to get an overview of Western Philosopny I can recommend this book most highly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and enjoyable 19 Feb 2014
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An excellent and very accessible introduction to philosophy, whether like me you're refreshing your memory, or are new to the subject. A solid starting point for pursuing further studying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars philosophy made easy 9 Jun 2014
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Well written, so that this complex subject can be absorbed quickly. Sheds light on the vagaries of social v natural science philosophical positions.
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