The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy

by Bryan Magee, Brian Magee
     
 

The unprecedented success of Jostein Gaarder's Sophie's World has fueled a worldwide explosion of interest in philosophy, yet there are few accessible introductions to this subject. Harnessing DK's unparalleled ability to make words and pictures work together, The Story of Thought simplifies a subject in which we all have interest, but which few find…  See more details below

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The unprecedented success of Jostein Gaarder's Sophie's World has fueled a worldwide explosion of interest in philosophy, yet there are few accessible introductions to this subject. Harnessing DK's unparalleled ability to make words and pictures work together, The Story of Thought simplifies a subject in which we all have interest, but which few find accessible. Bryan Magee, world-renowned philosopher and author makes The Story of Thought an easy pathway into the history of ideas and thinking. Features 30 key philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, and Nietzshe .Follows the best-selling format of the highly successful Sister Wendy's Story of Painting.

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Library Journal
Magee has taught philosophy at Oxford, and in each of these volumes he attempts to make philosophy understandable to the lay reader. The DK book devotes just a few pages to each of the major thinkers and is lavishly illustrated. It would be suitable for high school, college, and public libraries. Great Philosophers is a series of conversations with important contemporary philosophers about the major historical figures, originally produced for the BBC. Confessions is an autobiographical excursion through Western philosophy. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
YA-This gloriously illustrated and accessible book enables readers to embark on an adventure in philosophy. The chapters cover "The Greeks and Their World," "Christianity and Philosophy," "The Beginnings of Modern Science," "The Great Rationalists," "The Great Empiricists," "Revolutionary French Thinkers," "A Golden Century of German Philosophy," "Democracy and Philosophy," and "20th-Century Philosophy." The text is profusely illustrated with numerous full-color reproductions of artwork and photographs of historical sites; sidebars introduce additional people and ideas and "Key Works" of the philosophers are listed in light-blue boxes. Writing with a clear and lively style, Magee provides an excellent introduction to the topic. Young adults will find that the often closed doors of philosophy are now open and inviting.-Marsha S. Holden, Highland Community College, Freeport, IL
Booknews
Thoughtfully balanced and living up to the publisher's reputation for attractive presentation, this reference traces 2,500 years of Western philosophy from the ancient Greeks to modern thinkers. It makes themes and important figures accessible to general readers, with enough substance for more experienced students. Text is interspersed with abundant, well-chosen art reproductions illustrating concepts and themes, as well as photos, sidebars, and quotes that help set the context. Suggesting that readers next tackle the great philosophers themselves, the guide to further reading identifies particular works and editions and also lists some convenient and accessible introductions and overviews. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"This gloriously illustrated and accessible book enables readers to embark on an adventure in philosophy.Young adults will find that the often closed doors of philosophy are now open and inviting." — School Library Journal

"Lavishly illustrated." — Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789435118
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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