The History of Philosophy  


The History of Philosophy
Penguin Press | November 5, 2019 | 496 pages

The first truly authoritative and accessible history of philosophy to cover both Western and Eastern traditions, from one of the world's most eminent thinkers The story of philosophy is the story of who we are and why. An epic tale, spanning civilizations and continents, it explores the ideas, views, lives, and teachings of some of the most creative minds in history. But not since the long-popular classic, Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy, published in 1945, has there been a comprehensive and entertaining single-volume history of this great intellectual world-shaping journey. With his characteristic clarity and elegance, A. C. Grayling takes the reader from the world-views and moralities before the age of the Buddha, Confucius, and Socrates, through Christianity's capture of the European mind, to the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and on to Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre, and, finally, philosophy today. Bringing together these many threads that all too often run parallel, he surveys in tandem the great philosophical traditions of India, China, and the Persian-Arabic world. Accessible for students and revelatory to enthusiasts of philosophy, Grayling's narrative brings to life the work of both famous historical figures and less well-known but influential thinkers, bridging epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, logic, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, political philosophy, and the history of debates within these areas of enquiry. He dramatizes the interchange and conflicts between and within eras and epochs, making the grand dance of human thought meaningful and thrilling. He asks what we have learnt, but also what progress is still to be made. Destined to be Grayling's magnum opus, and simply astonishing in its range and accessibility, this is a landmark work.

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ISBN: 9781984878748
$47.00