From Library Journal
Here is Sir Karl Popper's reminder that "the history of science is a history of irresponsible ideas... and of error"--which he says is a good thing. Here, too, is Pascal's insight that "man is only a reed... but he is a thinking reed" and Aristotle's advice that "piety requires us to honor truth above our friends." But this is an uneven book. While the late Sir Alfred Ayer's coeditor included three pages of his portentous sayings (and none of his witty ones), John Henry Newman and the Cambridge Platonists are nowhere to be found, the British Idealists are reduced to a mere trace, and Nicolas Malebranche gets only a paragraph. About a third of the book is taken up with recent analytic philosophers, many of whom will be forgotten before the book is out of print. The quotations are organized alphabetically by author, and the general reader--to whom many recent figures will be strange--must work hard to use it. Of course, readers may be better off with the names they do recognize, and Plato, Kant, Aquinas, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, and Hume are well represented.- Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa , Ontario
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"Everybody should have a copy." Auberon Waugh, The Sunday Telegraph
"The spread of philosophers is huge - more than 330 jostle in the book ... I cannot think of any figure who is missing from this roll-call ... this is not really a book of quotations as we know it but something far more mighty." Literary Review
"The most surprising philosophers do come across. One gets a fair impression of Derrida, and the quotations from Adorno present a whole philosophy in brief digestible form." Times Literary Supplement