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5.0 out of 5 stars Durant is a master storyteller.
Will Durant was one of the great historians -- and great popularizers of history -- this century has seen. This book was first written in the twenties yet it is still as readable, relevant, informative and engaging as ever. Those who liked the Story of Civilization series will love this book. Those who are interested in philosophy will find this an invaluable...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Despite all the other reviews here, I bought this to enlighten myself as to what philosophy was all about and what the philosophers actually said. I ended up struggling through this book very much none the wiser.

The style I found to be haphazard and fawning in places (particularly on Voltaire). The logic (if any) behind who got picked, the overall structure...
Published on 31 Aug 2007 by Tony Jones


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durant is a master storyteller., 7 April 1999
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Will Durant was one of the great historians -- and great popularizers of history -- this century has seen. This book was first written in the twenties yet it is still as readable, relevant, informative and engaging as ever. Those who liked the Story of Civilization series will love this book. Those who are interested in philosophy will find this an invaluable introduction to the great philosophers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes one want to delve deeper into philosophy, 3 Sep 1998
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This great introduction to western philosophy is easy to read and includes colorful biographies of the philosophers. These help in understanding how certain ideas of the various thinkers evolved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT FIND!, 11 Oct 2012
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I must say that this book is a true gem. Written by a master and well expressed. I have always loved the subject of philosophy and you will find that this a great way to be introduced to our history. There is a great deal wonder inside. Whather you study the subject now or not, either way you will learn from the great leaders of philosphy and great thinkers of our history. I believe that it could well help kids today if more of them learned how to see things and think differently. These are universal principles which never change and can bring into reality many great things, as this is not simply theory but time tested proven ways of being.

I loved it,

Greg De Tisi
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent introduction to the history of philosophy, 2 Feb 1998
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Will Durant has the ability to make a dry subject (though this isn't really dry) into a compelling story. For those who are often confused about the various winds of philosophical fancy that have gripped secular society over the centuries, this is a great introduction. From the Pre-Platonics to Neitzche, Mr. Durant presents a simple and effective survey of thought. He is hobbled by his aversion to Biblical truth, but this is a much better introduction to philosophy then Sophie's World (which is significantly unimpressive).-Kelly Whiting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Particularly for Kant, 28 Feb 2014
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I bought this especially for the chapter on Kant. It has been said that Kant is a headache waiting to happen, but an internet search suggested Will's chapter on him was good. I agree; things are clearer. I must admit, though, I have not read all the other chapters (except for one), but the writing is both pleasantly prose-like and clear.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea, 31 Aug 2007
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Despite all the other reviews here, I bought this to enlighten myself as to what philosophy was all about and what the philosophers actually said. I ended up struggling through this book very much none the wiser.

The style I found to be haphazard and fawning in places (particularly on Voltaire). The logic (if any) behind who got picked, the overall structure and the individual stories eluded me completely.

As someone who once studied science this only came to life in the parts that talked about Darwin and the impact on / of philosophy, but generally the whole contribution of these 'great' people to western civilisation escaped me completely - I clearly need a simpler guide!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good book but ..., 18 Jun 2013
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I like the book very much. But unfortunately I had to return it to Amazon because there were misbound pages.
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2 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENTROPIE, ANTHROPIE..., 17 Jun 1997
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EPICURE, RABELAIS, MENDEL, conscience
moving by enkephaline connecting or linking
our brain with expansion of universe as was
saying GASSENDI , FRANCISCO DE ORTIZ...

NEXT TIME MY ENGLISH LOGO WILL BE BETTER...SEE YOU LATER...
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