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The Story of Philosophy

From Kant to William James and the American Pragmatists
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The Story of Philosophy is a timeless overview of Western thought. Will Durant's goal was to humanize knowledge by centering the story around certain dominant personalities. He brilliantly illustrates...
The Story of Philosophy is a timeless overview of Western thought. Will Durant's goal was to humanize knowledge by centering the story around certain dominant personalities. He brilliantly illustrates...
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  • The Story of Philosophy is a timeless overview of Western thought. Will Durant's goal was to humanize knowledge by centering the story around certain dominant personalities. He brilliantly illustrates how philosophy has evolved over time, explaining the historical, cultural, and political context of each movement and each great thinker. The bestselling philosophy book of the past century, this masterpiece of eloquent, clear prose continues to fascinate. This volume spans the 18th century to the 20th century and discusses philosophical movements and times of Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James, and Dewey.

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  • AudioFile Magazine [Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with THE STORY OF PHILOSOPHY: From Kant to William James and the American Pragmatists.]--"Most of us have known some golden days in the June of life when philosophy was, in fact, what Plato calls it, 'that dear delight.'" So writes Durant in the introduction to this immensely entertaining history of thought. The book is larded with savory bits of information. Aristotle thought the brain "an organ for cooling the blood." The German clergy so hated Kant for the blows he struck at God that they named their dogs after him. Plus, we learn an enormous amount and--perhaps more importantly--we sense again that learning matters. Companion and guide, the golden-voiced Grover Gardener gives a bravura performance. He never drops a line, nor overplays one. It's June again. B.H.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine
  • AudioFile Magazine Most of us have known some golden days in the June of life when philosophy was, in fact, what Plato calls it, 'that dear delight.' So writes Durant in the introduction to this immensely entertaining history of thought. The book is larded with savory bits of information. Aristotle thought the brain "an organ for cooling the blood." The German clergy so hated Kant for the blows he struck at God that they named their dogs after him. Plus, we learn an enormous amount, and--perhaps more importantly--we sense again that learning matters. Companion and guide, the golden-voiced Grover Gardner gives a bravura performance. He never drops a line, nor overplays one. It's June again. B.H.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine
  • The Los Angeles Times Book Review

    "[Durant's work is] thought-provoking and in the deepest sense moving."

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