The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy

by Bryan Magee, Jonathan Metcalf
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The Story of Philosophy

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789479945
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 295,871
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


-An Invitation to Philosophy

The Greeks and their World

-Before Socrates




-The Cynics

-The Sceptics

-The Epicureans

-The Stoics

Christianity and Philosophy

-Saint Augustine

-Medieval Philosophy

The Beginnings of Modern Science

-Copernicus to Newton


-Francis Bacon


The Great Rationalists




The Great Empiricists





Revolutionary French Thinkers




A Goldern Century of German Philosophy



-East and West






Democracy and Philosophy

-The Utilitarians

-The American Pragmatists

20th-Century Philosophy

-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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Aylo More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.