The Story of Philosophyby Bryan Magee
Pub. Date: 06/28/2001
Now updated and with a fresh new look, the highly successful The Story of Philosophy traces more than 2,500 years of Western philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle in ancient Greece to Saint Augustine and medieval philosophy, the golden century of German philosophy, Bertrand Russell and Albert Camus of the modern era, and much more. World-renowned philosopher/i>… See more details below
Now updated and with a fresh new look, the highly successful The Story of Philosophy traces more than 2,500 years of Western philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle in ancient Greece to Saint Augustine and medieval philosophy, the golden century of German philosophy, Bertrand Russell and Albert Camus of the modern era, and much more. World-renowned philosopher and professor Bryan Magee expertly guides your exploration through the major philosophical issues, the important questions, and the key contributions of the great philosophers in this illustrated, accessible guide.
Discover the great thinkers in their historical contexts and learn the influences that shaped their lives and work. In The Story of Philosophy, Revised and Updated, each philosophical movement includes profiles of key philosophers and their important works, historical contexts and influences, important quotes, and other related people and ideas. Full-color photographs, artworks, and illustrations illuminate every page.
The Story of Philosophy, Revised and Updated gives you the information you need to think about life's greatest questions, opening up the world of philosophical ideas in a way that can be easily understood by students and by anyone fascinated by the ways we form our social, political, and ethical ideas.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction
-An Invitation to Philosophy
The Greeks and their World
Christianity and Philosophy
The Beginnings of Modern Science
-Copernicus to Newton
The Great Rationalists
The Great Empiricists
Revolutionary French Thinkers
A Goldern Century of German Philosophy
-East and West
Democracy and Philosophy
-The American Pragmatists
-Frege and Modern Logic
-Russell and Analytic Philosophy
-Wittgenstein and Linguistic Philosophy
-Bergson and Recent Fresh Philosophy
-The Future of Philosophy
Guide to Further Reading
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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.
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!
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.