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.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's always fun to see what form Karen Hesse's books might take from free prose in Out of the Dust to journal in Stowaway. The book is a fictionalized journal based on a real stowaway on an actual voyage of Captain James Cook.
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.
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.