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A Brief History Of Philosophy: From Socrates To Derrida

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A fun, concise and attractive introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject. This is the ideal book for teenagers and students coming to philosophy for the first time, or indeed for anyone who just doesn't know where to start. The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and cul ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2011 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 2006)
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Arda Aghazarian
Aug 17, 2012 Arda Aghazarian rated it liked it
This is a charming go-to book that is somewhat reminiscent of Sophie's World, which is perhaps because Sophie's World was my first real introduction to philosophy and this may be the second.

Basic, simple, and at many times humorous, the writer challenges us to think "beyond" academia and take a sneak-peak at why those philosophers ended up being the philosophers that they have become. In a certain way, reading this book makes one ponder about knowledge and the meaning-of-it-all, which is exactl
Aug 07, 2016 Benjamin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is definitely geared toward the general reader. It is simple, short, organized, and accessible. After presenting a short bio of each philosopher and describing his thought, Johnston poses a few questions for the reader to ponder, interacting with the philosopher and his philosophy. It is a better book for someone with little or no exposure to philosophy than for one with previous study in the area. Overall, though, it's just not that great of an intro to philosophy, in my opinion.

So as
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Feb 18, 2014 Geoff Ball rated it it was amazing
Many works of philosophy are fun to read because they tell stories: Plato's Republic is a good example. In doing so, they are able to convey the philosophy of the author while maintaining the reader's interest.

Considering this book is a summary of and introduction to over a dozen philosophers—and not their actual works—I found it did a fantastic job of keeping me intrigued. It would have been so easy for this book to be a dry, secondhand account of these philosophers and their ideas. I'm very ha
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excellent introduction, feels like talking to a very good teacher
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A nice book for those who want to acquire very basic knowledge about philosophical ideas. Overall the book is nice but the author has totally ignored Muslim philosophers.
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