The Story of Philosophy

The Story of Philosophy

The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

Book - 1961 | 2nd ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, c1961
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780671739164
Branch Call Number: ANF 109.2 DURA
Characteristics: xxix, 543 p. ; 18 cm


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May 31, 2018

An decent invitation/ introduction to numerous philosophers, with no claim to comprehensiveness. The writing is clear and flows well, and is often quite opinionated. There is an awful lot on the lives of the philosophers, usually two to four pages each. The worst aspect of the work is the awful bibliography and even worse notes: it seems that the publisher simply reprinted the 1926 version: scholarly works mentioned in the text are not listed at all in the bibliography, and the notes - rather numerous with many chapters have about 100 or more - don't give the title of the work, just an "ibid", and one has flip back five or more pages to find out the source. It really could not have been that hard to update the notes and bibliography to more modern standards. The page layout is also quite dense: there is more than 44 lines on a page, making it rather cluttered and the typeface necessarily small.

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