- Hardcover: 412 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (1969)
- ASIN: B002MHP7W0
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
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"That is very good; but there is an infinitely worthier subject for philosophers than all these trees and stones, and even all those stars; there is the mind of man. What is man, and what can he become?" (Durant summarizing Socrates)
Philosophy is the night that you looked up at those 100 billion stars and 100 billion galaxies and realized that you were beginning to ask the right questions. "To know what to ask is already to know half." (Durant summarizing Aristotle) Philosophy is the one great conversation in your past that echoes in every conversation since. When will that time come again? "All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare." (Durant summarizing Spinoza)
That phenomenon of wonder will return when you open the "Story of Philosophy". A further taste of Durant's warming liquor:
"Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art; it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement."
"How many a debate would have been deflated into a paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms."
"Political science does not make men, but must take them as they come from nature."
"The chief condition of happiness, barring certain physical prerequisites, is the life of reason--the specific glory and power of man."
Durant's approach is linear in time, but immense in breadth. Beginning with Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, we are not only granted access to their treasure chests of wisdom, we are also given insights into the men.Read more ›
Once you are through with this book, and you lift your head again from its pages, the world will not seem the same. Few books can have so profound an effect on its reader - and this book does that. To the keen and curious, Durant lays bare about 2000 years of human thought, and puts in simple terms, some of the most baffling and complex of ideologies - and in doing so, the reader is left with a path to follow. The path of genius, the path of wisdom, and the path of enlightenment by reading the various books and philosophies of those mentioned here.
Read this book, own it, treasure it, and pass it on to your children, this is heritage... this is a work of art.
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Durant's writing is spectacular. Sometimes the content did become overcomplicated and a little boring, but I suppose that's personal taste.Published 14 days ago by George
Kind of boring. I was hoping for more clarity, but this just makes philosophy as dull as I remember from college.Published 27 days ago by Dawg Fan
This work is amazing! This work is a gem. The expressions and choice of words makes this really poetry. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Horus I Msemaje
Well written exposition to philosophy through the ages. This was assigned reading (for extra credit) in my introductory college Philosophy course, so I assume the author is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew French
I read this when I was in high school, so it was my introduction to philosophy. I didn't understand much of it at the time, but stuck with philosophy and history (where Durant was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James W. Vice
Give credit and criticism to Durant: the love he had for his subject matter was obvious and he had the unenviable task of selecting a brevity of philosophers over millennia to lay... Read morePublished 2 months ago by THowerton