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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent, illustrated history of philosophy.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The story of philosophy
Interesting but rather too much of very long words. I would have liiked the cocepts to be described in simple everyday la\nguage
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent, illustrated history of philosophy., 23 Jun 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Philosophy, 8 Dec 2014
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This is a brilliant introduction to Western philosophy, being not only a text which offers insight and thought-provoking understanding of the great Western philosophical journey, but which also offers wonderful illustrations to help the reader cement that text into a greater understanding. So each chapter of the book is an enlightening text, with pertinent illustrations which help to put together what can be extremely complex learnings.

The authors have started their journey into Western philosophy with the writings of Homer and Hesiod, then moved to the Milesian and Presocratic philosophers – Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Anaxagoras, Empedocles, Zeno, Leucippus and Democritus. This takes us right up to the Atomists in about 370 BCE.

This is followed by chapters on Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Then the Cynics, Stoics, Sceptics and Epicureans (with a touch more of the Atomists). By now, I’ve decided that I rather like the philosophy of Epicurus, where he believed that the main aim of philosophy is to lead people into a state of ataraxia, or tranquillity.

The impact of Christianity on philosophy as practised by the Greeks and Romans was rather devastating, and while it didn’t set back philosophy as such, it did change the focus – philosophical questions became more focused on the religious aspects of life and how God may fit into that philosophical framework. This was much more of a focus of the medieval philosophers such as Anselm, Aquinas and William of Ockham among others.

The world changed again in the fourteenth century with the advent of Renaissance humanism, and the rediscovery of the early and classical writers and thinkers. Men such as Erasmus, Machiavelli and Bacon redefined the investigative philosophy in time for the late sixteenth century and men such as Hobbes, Locke, Leibniz and Descartes. The Renaissance gave way to Enlightenment and Reason. Politics became a big aspect of philosophical musing, with the questions of divine right versus a social contract, constitutional rulers prolonging social inequalities – thinkers like Marx, Thomas Paine, Hegel and Adam Smith.

The rights of the poor and disenfranchised were asked of societies. Existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Nietzsche try to reconcile philosophy to abuses of power in Nazi Germany; Nietzsche’s Ubermensch is the measure of all things, a creator of new values in a vacuum of nihilism. And so to current concerns – Freud, Bertrand Russell, Wittgenstein. Still, in our modern, busy world which embraces science and religion to varying degrees, we contemplate mind and matter. Perhaps one of the aspects of mankind is always to question; always to seek answers to unanswerable questions. But it’s an intriguing journey, and this book offers a very readable and engaging, as well as thought-provoking chronological and thematic journey through the story 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 Clear and absorbing, 6 Aug 2014
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Very good coverage and written in a style that's easy to digest. This book steers an easy-to-follow course through the subject combining chronology with thematic links. For the first time traveller, there may be too much to take in in one visit but the open style and friendly narrative would reward occasional returns.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sep 2014
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Excellent customer service.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The story of philosophy, 17 Mar 2014
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Interesting but rather too much of very long words. I would have liiked the cocepts to be described in simple everyday la\nguage
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 Sep 2014
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read., 10 Dec 2013
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This is the best book for someone who is interested in philosophy but finds most books on the subject frankly boring. I think most people remember stories more easily than dry text. I love this book and the illustrations are superb.
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