Gareth Southwell is a freelance philosopher, author and illustrator. He is the author of an ongoing series of introductory philosophy books, including A Beginner's Guide to Descartes' Meditations (2007) and A Beginner's Guide to Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil (2008). He lives in Swansea with his wife and two children.
Words of Wisdomby Gareth Southwell
Words of Wisdom brings together 360 of philosophy's most famous quotations, explaining their meaning and telling the stories behind them. Western philosophy may be said to have begun in ancient Greece, where, inscribed in his temple at Delphi, the words of the god Apollo commanded those who sought wisdom to first "know thyself." With the author's usual humour and clarity of style, the whole 2,500 year history of philosophy is laid bare. Each quote is set in the context of its cultural background, author biography and general outlook; trends are highlighted, links established, and influences traced, all in a way that is entertaining, thought-provoking, and even fun. Words of Wisdom is the perfect book for those who always wanted to ask what philosophy was about, but were afraid they might not understand the answer.
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Haven't read many philosophy based books in recent years. Found this easy to follow in hardback & liked it enough to get it as a nook. Ever wonder where some phrases or ideas come from? Some are briefly explained in this book.