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The Story of Philosophy

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    Exemplary Introductory Specimen of Western Philosophy

    I own the first paperback edition, so some of the features of this edition might not be the same.

    - to get the shallow out of the way... looks-wise the paperback has glossy finish, that cool book-smell, and innumerable bright shiny illustrations. Yes, you can judge this one book by its cover. The quality of appearance matches the contents.

    - intuitive text layout. Magee differentiates types of references by way of margin boxes with supplementary, often key information.

    - Content: concise, specific in its choice of words, clear summations of the philosophers' lives and their ideas. This book is wonderful for those who always wondered about philosophy but never made up their minds as to how to introduce themselves to it in an accessible way.

    - Great for reference

    - A brief section on Eastern philosophy for comparison, especially when it comes to Schopenhauer.

    - If you space out the reading of this book for 1 year, reading a couple of pages per day, you'll have no trouble recalling every concept.

    - I got smarter after reading this book. This book exemplifies why books are important. It makes you think if you truly dedicate yourself to it.

    - LOTS of reference material.

    - Wonderful, albeit short vocabulary section.

    - As it is a textbook, some might find it verbally "dry", but remember that this is not a personality contest. This is about explanation of sometimes difficult concepts. The Ontological (Anselm's) Argument cracked my skull. That's one of very few times when Magee's language confused me.

    Overall - GREAT BOOK- 99.99% of it. Really. Get it. It made me wanna learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Professor Magee delivers!

    Professor Magee book delivers a thoughful overview of the history and development of philosophy. While this an abridged version, the reader is able to understand the issues tackled by the different figures and better understand the impact that each had then and later in time. This is a delightful overview and ideal for those of us that were unable to fit a course or two in philosphy as an undergraduate!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    An excellent overview of Western Philosophy

    Bryan Magee has created an excellent overview of all the main strands and individuals in western philosophy. For those with a passing interest,or those entering the subject for the first time, this is as good a place to start as any.

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