The Story of Philosophy: A History of Western Thought Paperback – 26 Apr 2012
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'an invaluable introduction to the topic ... offers clarity, insight and the occasional dash of wit' Scotland on Sunday. (Scotland on Sunday)
About the Author
James Garvey has a PhD from University College London and is secretary of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, editor of The Philosophers' Magazine, and the author and editor of several books, including The Ethics of Climate Change and The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books.
Jeremy Stangroom has a PhD from the London School of Economics. He co-founded The Philosophers' Magazine with Julian Baggini in 1997. He is the author and editor of numerous books, most recently, Einstein's Riddle and Would You Eat Your Cat?
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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\nguagePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by ERIC HASSALL
This is the best book for someone who is interested in philosophy but finds most books on the subject frankly boring. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2013 by Dr R Gaubert