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A Little Gem,
This review is from: Words of Wisdom: Philosophy's Most Important Quotations and their Meanings (Hardcover)
This is a lovely little book. Southwell provides us with quotations from a range of philosophers (and non-philosophers, including novelists like George Orwell and political activists like Malcom X) through the ages. Entries are arranged chronologically and give a feel for the way that human thinking, and the ideas that matter to us, has developed over time. Each quotation is used as a springboard to a short explanatory passage, elaboration on the key idea and often a short biography of the speaker. These explanations and elaborations are pithy and provide just enough detail to whet the appetite for further research into each particular area, whether this is ethics, aesthetics, politics, religion, philosophy of mind, or any of the other vast array of philosophical issues invoked. I shall be dipping into this one for some time...