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The Philosophy Book
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The Philosophy Book

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by Will Buckingham, Douglas Burnham, Peter J. King, Clive Hill
 

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An essential introduction to the history, concepts, and thinking behind philosophy that demystifies what can often be daunting subject matter, laid out in DK’s signature visual style. 

Are the ideas of René Descartes, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes still relevant today? The Philosophy Book unpacks the writings and ideas

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An essential introduction to the history, concepts, and thinking behind philosophy that demystifies what can often be daunting subject matter, laid out in DK’s signature visual style. 

Are the ideas of René Descartes, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes still relevant today? The Philosophy Book unpacks the writings and ideas of more than 100 of history’s biggest thinkers, taking you on a journey from Ancient Greece to modern day. Explore feminism, rationalism, idealism, existentialism, and other influential movements in the world of philosophy.

From Socrates to Confucius to Julia Kristeva, The Philosophy Book breaks down difficult concepts using innovating graphics that pop off the page alongside creative typography. Cutting through the haze of academia and untangling complicated theories to show how our social, political, and ethical ideas are formed, The Philosophy Book contextualizes the information around time periods, innovative thinkers, method, and philosophical approach. 

With graphics, clear writing, a philosopher directory, and a vocabulary glossary, The Philosophy Book is a perfect and comprehensive introduction to a complicated and fascinating subject.

Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics, along with straightforward and engaging writing, to make complex subjects easier to understand. These award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.

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"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." – Examiner.com

"This graphically lively presentation, which also features color reproductions, colorfully framed pull quotes, photos, and a variety of fonts, offers students an overview of the ideas and concepts generated by people who have spent their lives "wondering about the world." – School Library Journal

"In The Philosophy Book, the ideas and thoughts of more than one hundred of the most influential philosophers from the ancient world through today are presented in a succinct, yet highly readable, format. From all corners of the world and from different traditions and approaches to philosophy and the art of reasoning, the contributors to this excellent book highlight the impact of each philosopher on his society and how it affected the development of subsequent ideas. Students of philosophy or those interested in human thought will thoroughly enjoy this book. This volume is an excellent addition to a general philosophy collection." – Voice of Youth Advocate/VOYA Magazine

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—What is the nature of the world? How should I live? Is language really logical? In this accessible guide to the great thinkers, contributors offer the (thoroughly boiled down) perspectives of 107 philosophers on such questions. An introduction defines the discipline, explains its branches, and argues for its continuing relevance. Half of the book covers pre-Kantian philosophy, including the ideas of Averroes, Confucius, Maimonides, and Rumi (but no Indians after Siddhartha). Ahad Ha'am, Hajime Tanabe, and Tetsuro Watsuji are among the moderns, and of contemporary thinkers, Julia Kristeva, Henry Odera Oruka, Peter Singer and Slavoj Žižek have the last word; a useful directory of minor philosophers follows. Each of six historical periods outlined has a separate introduction and a time line. The sidebars add context and biographical details of the selected philosophers, who earn one to six pages of coverage. Language is generally non-specialized; the neat visual tag accompanying each thinker provides a useful, necessarily simplified, mnemonic. This graphically lively presentation, which also features color reproductions, colorfully framed pull quotes, photos, and a variety of fonts, offers students an overview of the ideas and concepts generated by people who have spent their lives "wondering about the world."—Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756668617
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
01/17/2011
Series:
Big Ideas Simply Explained Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
50,105
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

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The Philosophy Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in a political theory course and I often look up theologians. This book has catalyzed my interest in philosophy significantly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my granddaughters 16th birthday. Upon opening, she was very excited! It is a favorite book that she is reading every night and really enjoys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book as a reference and overview of major Philosophers. Well laid out and a pleasure to flip through the pages. Highly recommend for someone looking for a quick survey. Bought for my daughter to supplement a text book for a High School class.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago