A Little History of Philosophy (Little Histories) Paperback – 11 Sep 2012
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'Warburton packs a heck of a lot in to what is something of a Goldilocks volume: neither too much nor too little, the exegesis neither too thin or too thick and lumpy, his Little History can be consumed as a nourishing treat in its own rights or provide the perfect fuel to kick-start anyone s journey into philosophy.' --Julian Baggini, The Observer
'Survey of 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
'The magic of Nigel Warburton s book is its disarming accessibility. It closely follows the template of A Little History Of The World Ernst Gombrich s 1935 introductory text for children, recently translated by Yale and Warburton is the ideal shout for a writer to match Gombrich s terse charm and easy authority. Anyone who s enjoyed Warburton s brilliant podcast series, Philosophy Bites , where he and fellow demystifier David Edmonds half-nelson academics into spelling out their theories, will know he has a special gift for defusing complexity.' --Chris Brown, Time Out
About the Author
Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher, bestselling author of many popular introductions to philosophy, and co-host of the much-loved Philosophy Bites podcast.
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12 January 2018
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There are a growing number of books that cover the great philosophers of past and present. Nigel Warburton’s A Little Book of Philosophy is one of them and probably the best of the bunch in my opinion. It is clear and uncomplicated to read and provides the background before one wants to tackle some of the more extensive works, such as Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy. Sophie’s World is also a good introduction, combining both fact with fiction.
3 January 2018
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Excellent introduction and entirely accessible. Apparently intended for a young audience but this book will appeal to all ages and anyone who has only a fleeting interest in the subject
6 August 2017
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Fantastic read for the layman. Informative, entertaining and well paced for those new to the world of philosophy. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has a passing interest in the subject.
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Nigel Warburton's concise explanation of each philosopher and his engaging writting style make this a perfect introduction to philosophy.
I have at various times in my life attempted to get to grips with philosophy with not altogether happy results. This is the best book I've read/listened to on the subject.Read more
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