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Gottlieb is an admirable guide through the little-understood pre-Socratic philosophers of ancient Greece, giving fair measure to philosophers who are too often simplified or lampooned. His account of Plato and Aristotle is good too, as is his treatment of the later Hellenistic schools, Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Skepticism. Gottlieb's treatment of medieval philosophy, particularly Thomist and Arabic philosophy, is lean, as the author chooses to focus more heavily on antiquity and the modern era (to be continued in a second volume), and the narrative history that bridges the two. Ever enthusiastic, Gottlieb's storytelling voice and character-driven approach make The Dream of Reason compelling reading. It is an ideal book for nonexperts interested in an appealing and informative history of philosophy as well as for students looking for a lucid and comprehensive account of premodern thinkers. --Eric de Place --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I enjoyed this, but found it a bit repetitive at times. I also would have preferred more balance between the ancient Greeks and later periods.Published 12 months ago by Glenn T. Costello
It has taken me many moons to complete this book, which I’ve greatly enjoyed. I was seeking a good, non-superficial introductory book that delved into the history of Western... Read morePublished 16 months ago by H. CRESPO
I am a big fan of philosophy overviews written for the layperson. This has to be one of the best I have read, although it only goes up to the Renaissance. Read morePublished 18 months ago by bronx book nerd
Right balance of context, content, fact and analysis--fascinating subject--not inaccessible as philosophy was often followed and greatly enjoyed by large audiences of the time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by kate
Extremely well written, clear, humorous, informative, and non-threatening survey..... very highly recommended for all, with or without prior background knowledge,Published 19 months ago by Barbara B. Lipton
A must have book. I had bought the audio couple years ago, but when I bought the text version of it, had problem syncing it with my audio version. Amazon is aware of this problem. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by perry sim
This is an excellent introductory guide to Western philosophers. I look forward to further writings from Mr Gottlieb in the future.Published on August 13, 2013 by Nigel