The book is worth the first two exhilarating chapters alone.
The ideas presented in The Great Chain of Being were adopted by early Christians to provide a philosophical defense for the theology of Jesus.
This book provides an excellent introduction to an important concept in the history of ideas in Western thought.
Arthur Oncken Lovejoy (1873-1962) was an influential American philosopher and intellectual historian, who founded the discipline known as the history of ideas. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven H Propp
Not an easy read; but for the student or specialist in Western philosophy, provides a brilliant overview of an essential and influential idea. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SDS
A classic because it enriches our world view when read today just as much as when the lectures were given to an earlier generation. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JP III
This book is old, written in the 1930s, but is a good overview of the history of a philosophical idea in terms a non-philosopher can understand.Published on November 5, 2011 by Kristen Rosser
I have a slightly different perspective than the other reviewers of "The Great Chain of Being." This book is central to understanding the debate about the origins of the... Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by John M. Beasley
Lovejoy's classic in history of ideas is a vestige of an antiquated British classical ed tradition. This is precisely the sort of humanities that would cause John Dewey to roll... Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by Jeffrey L. Blackwell
This book is one of the most historically enlightening books I have ever read that covers 4,500 years of thinking in all circles of life, theological, artistic, and scientific. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by John Sledziewski
No one should read this book (or, for that matter, Tillyard's "The Elizabethan World Picture") without supplementing it with some of the later counterarguments to the "chain of... Read morePublished on June 22, 2006 by Caponsacchi