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Easily the most engaging writer of Western intellectual history in the English language, Will Durant breathes life into philosophers and their ideas. He is colorful, witty, and above all, informative. Beginning with Socrates and ending with American philosopher John Dewey, Durant summarizes the lives and influence of philosophy's greatest thinkers, painting them with humanity and adding a few of his own wise platitudes. Seventy-some years after its first printing, The Story of Philosophy still stands as one of the best of its kind.

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A brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers—Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James, and Dewey—The Story of Philosophy is one of the great books of our time. Few write for the non-specialist as well as Will Durant, and this book is a splendid example of his eminently readable scholarship. Durant’s insight and wit never cease to dazzle; The Story of Philosophy is a key book for any reader who wishes to survey the history and development of philosophical ideas in the Western world.

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 2830 KB
  • Número de páginas: 215 páginas
  • Editora: Simon & Schuster (24 de julho de 2012)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ISBN-10: 0671739166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671739164
  • ASIN: B00873GLOQ
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4.0 de 5 estrelas The story of some parts of philosophy 2 de dezembro de 2014
Por Doug Erlandson - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I spent nearly 30 years of my pre-retirement adult life teaching philosophy at the college level, having prior to this received my doctorate in philosophy from Johns Hopkins. Several years ago, because of an ongoing secondary interest in the history of Western civilization, I began reading through Will and Ariel Durant's multivolume "The Story of Civilization," a project that took me three years to complete. I found it to be a thorough (albeit slightly dated) summary of the history of Western civilization through the time of Napoleon.

Because I was no longer teaching and had a bit of time on my hands, I decided to read through Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy," a work that I had never had the opportunity to peruse during my professional career. I figured it would offer a refresher course on some of the philosophers who had less bearing on the areas of philosophy I regularly taught. I also hoped that it would give me some fresh insights into the philosophers and philosophical movements with which I possessed a degree of familiarity.

The book was not what I expected. I will note why momentarily. First, however, the positive. As I knew from having read his "Story of Civilization," Will Durant is an engaging writer. He is eloquent without being flowery or effete. His vocabulary is extensive, but he does not use it to show off his erudition. In no way is he pretentious. He is also able to explain difficult ideas in a straightforward, understandable fashion, certainly a boon when discussing the theories of philosophers. And he is good at explaining how the thought of a philosopher flows from and contrasts with that of his forbears.

However, if one is expecting a true history of philosophy, this is not the book to read. I would go so far as to say that the title of the book is quite misleading. This is not the story of philosophy. It is the story of the writings of those philosophers who, for whatever reason, Durant wants to highlight. The book pays no significant attention to ancient philosophy before Socrates or after Aristotle. While Socrates/Plato and Aristotle are examined in detail, subsequent developments in Greek and Roman thought are either covered in a most sketchy manner or absent altogether. For example, neo-Platonism in general and Plotinus in particular, are ignored.

Even more shocking is Durant's treatment of the entire middle ages. It is in fact a non-treatment. Without explanation (other than that Durant doesn't think it is important) we skip over nearly a thousand years of Western thought and quickly find ourselves studying the philosophy of Francis Bacon. One could read this book without being aware of philosophers such as Anselm, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, and many others (not to mention the Islamic philosophers of the tenth and eleventh centuries).

When we come to post-medieval philosophy, while we are treated to a fairly detailed explication of Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, and Kant, Durant doesn't even mention Descartes (sometimes regarded as the father of modern philosophy) or the British Empiricists (Locke, Berkeley, and Hume) except by way of extremely brief references when presenting the thought of other philosophers.

Durant does somewhat better in describing the major figures of nineteenth century philosophy. Hegel, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche are all given extensive space. However, Durant spends an inordinate amount of time describing the thought of Herbert Spencer, who today is nearly forgotten.

Does all this mean this book is not worth reading? No, it doesn't. I've given it Four Stars, for the reasons stated earlier. It does cover the thought of certain philosophers in a way that is reasonably complete (for an overview) and relatively easy to understand. However, one should not read this book as though it were a general introduction to the story of philosophy.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas The quality of communication makes this work art 2 de junho de 2016
Por Horus I Msemaje - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This work is amazing! This work is a gem. The expressions and choice of words makes this really poetry. If the quality of communication is what makes something a work of art (LRH, "Art"), then this book qualifies as enduring art. Furthermore, there is this pervading earnestness that only comes from one who is invested in what he writes about; it is no mere intellectual juggernaut tour de force. Mind you, a dictionary must be kept close at hand to look up the words that may not be clearly understood in order to imbibe its nectar. It may not be light reading--but it is magnificent reading! This book is an exemplar of a quote by Leonardo in the "Introduction," "the noblest pleasure, the joy of understanding." There is enormous pleasure between the covers of this work at times even rapture!
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Great value for a wonderful introduction to philosophy 25 de janeiro de 2016
Por AD28 - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This book is so engaging that after reading it shortly after graduating college with a BS in Metallurgy, it made me question whether or not I should have been a philosophy major. Years later after losing the physical copy of the book, I bought the book on kindle so I could have it wherever I went as a ready reference. The audible version was available for only $3.49 more so I picked that up as well. I love the whisper sync technology that allows you to go back and forth between listening and reading the book. If you have ever wondered what the big deal about philosophy is, but have been intimidated by difficult texts such as Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason," or Hume's "An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding," this is the best $12 you can spend for a readable, broad description of history's most famous philosophers.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Beware of the 99 cent version! 28 de maio de 2014
Por One Old Bob - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This book is wonderful, but if you like this book, avoid the cheap 99 cent version. So many typos, it can be hard to read sometimes. Even the cover reads "Phiosophy" (yes, no L in the word!). Be aware that there's a much better Kindle version that you can find on Amazon if you search with "Story of Philosophy Simon and Schuster". It costs a little more, but it's worth it.
5.0 de 5 estrelas Great philosophers in a big nutshell. 2 de maio de 2017
Por Joseph Glavin - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Ariel and will Durant have written many wonderful books but The Story of Philosophy by Will is the epitome of his ability to write a scholarly and complete history of the great minds that have pondered the essence of life. If you have never read anything about philosophy, this the place to start. If you are already a student of that science, this lengthy volume will add to your knowledge. Durant does not espouse any particular school of philosophy but he lays out the basics of the thinking of the most recognized minds that allows you to make your own judgment. Even if you have only a passing interest in philosophy, get this book and keep it at your bedside. You will find yourself reading it many more times than you would ever have guessed.
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