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A Little History of Philosophy (Little Histories) Paperback – 11 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (11 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300187793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300187793
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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