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The Dream of Reason is a stunning successor to Bertrand Russell's 1945 classic, A History of Western Philosophy. In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. From the pre-Socratic philosophers through ...more
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❁ بــدريــه ❁
و انتهت رحلة حلم العقل ..
كم ينبض بالحياة هذا الكتاب !

يأخذنا أنتوني جوتليب في رحلة شيقة ، مُرهقة و
ممتعة .. كُنت أتمهل في قراءتي له ، حتى لا أنتهي
منه سلب عقلي و نومي في هذه الرحلة المقسمة
على أجزاء .. و كل جزء أمتع و أثرى من الآخر

يقرب لنا الفلسفة دون ابتذال أو إسراف في
تبسيط ، جوتليب جعل الفلسفة هنا يسيرة الفهم ..
و بظهور ديكارت و بزوغ فجر الفلسفة الحديثة
تنتهي هذه الرحلة المشوِّقة ..

ويستكملها في جزء الثاني ..
و لا أطيق الانتظار حتى يكون بين يدي و أخوض
رحلة أخرى معه ..

يُقال أنه العمل الثاني
Shaimaa Ali
Jul 20, 2015 Shaimaa Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اليوم انتهيت أخيراً من قراءة هذا الكتاب الملحمى :-)

يتجول بنا " أنتونى جوتليب " فى رحلة طويلة عن تاريخ الفلسفة ، منذ عصر اليونان .. متمهلاً عند الثلاثة الكبار: سقرا ط - أفلاطون - أرسطو
ثم مسرعاً عند المدارس: الأبيقورية ، الرواقية ، الشكوكية
واختتم بجولة سريعة على من ظهروا من فلاسفة بعد المذهب الشكوكى وتزامنوا مع بدء ظهور المسيحية والصدامات القوية مع الكنيسة فيما بعد.

مع ثقل هذا الكتاب (لطول الفترة الزمنية التى يستعرضها ) نجح المؤلف فى جعل قرائته عملاً شيقاً .. وإن عابه التشتت وكثرة المقارانات خاص
Aug 21, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I’ve always felt essentially uneducated because I didn’t have a “classical education”. I didn’t learn Latin or Greek (though I worked a fair way through a Teach Yourself Latin book once when I was reading Ulysses and felt my lack most particularly). I never studied Greek or Roman history either after high school. My interests tended to be contemporary and American. I also only remember taking one philosophy class and it was not very memorable. I’ve read some Plato and Aristotle, ...more
Executive editor of The Economist and a student of philosophy, Gottlieb recently published a sequel to this work. I thought I would read his first book before turning (possibly) to his second.

Gottlieb is clearly knowledgeable about his subject, and in this work he attempts to cover a vast period of time even as he admits that what philosophy is has varied throughout history. Predictably he begins with the Pre-Socratics and, if he gives somewhat short shrift to those thinkers and writers of the M
Cassandra Kay Silva
I am absolutely floored that people did not give this book five stars. I was so impressed that now that I am done with the book I am planning on turning right around to read it immediately again. Absolutely a new favorite. I have studied the more ancient philosophers very heavily and have never read such beautiful correlations between great minds as put forth by Gottlieb. Extremely simple and very elegant. This is exactly what I was looking for to solidify time periods and thinkers together. I d ...more
D.L. Morrese
Apr 15, 2016 D.L. Morrese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will confess to having a degree in Philosophy, which, from a practical stand point, may seem kind of pointless. My father certainly thought so when I was in college. 'What are you going to do with that?' he would say. 'There's no jobs in it.' His degree was in accounting and he worked as an auditor. He knew about money. And because he did, I didn't feel I needed to. That was back when I was young and not especially aware of the need to actually earn an income of my own some day. My insufferabl ...more
Jonathan B
May 25, 2010 Jonathan B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
He makes some shallow and, I think, unnecessary criticisms of religion throughout the book, even when it seems like a side track.

For example, the implication that Milesian philosophers are somehow more rational for trying to explain things via naturalism seems absurd. Why should the reader think a naturalistic explanation is more rational than an agential one? This criticism seems more poignant since the Milesian theories often seem even more absurd than some of the agential theories they would
Mohamed al-Jamri
Mar 12, 2016 Mohamed al-Jamri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is similar to Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy, however I think this one does justice to Aristotle. It finishes just before René Descartes. The author has promised another volume that covers the later philophers.

Mohammed Hamad
Feb 09, 2016 Mohammed Hamad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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أعجبني أسلوب الكاتب في الشرح والسرد البسيط للمبتدئين، الكاتب بيتحيز لبعض الآراء ضد آراء أحيانا ولكن بشكل عام كتاب ممتاز إن فرق القارئ بين آراء المؤلف في الشرح والعرض للأفكار الفلسفية الأساسية.
Michael Johnston

It's hard to cover thousands of years of early philosophy in a light hearted way. Nonetheless, this author has a sense of humor and a light touch and generally covers a dense and complex series of topics in a way that is accessible to the non-academic.

The introduction is actually quite humorous and many of the perspectives on the early philosophers were new and enlightening for me. For example the author does not blame the influence of the church (as many do) for the intellectual waste land of
Jun 22, 2015 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It bills itself as an updated version of Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy" and that seems to be somewhat accurate, in both good and bad ways. First, the good: the book is well-written, the material Gottlieb covers is well-chosen, and he manages to give a coherent view of the "big picture" that can easily get lost in more "scholarly" histories. The bad: Gottlieb (like Russell, though to much lesser extent) sometimes seems to overstate thinkers' mistakes, perhaps in an effort to s ...more
Jonathan Biddle
Gottlieb gives a pretty good overview of Western philosophy beginning with the Greeks. He's a very clear writer and effectively summarizes the main ideas of the primary philosophers. The strength of the book is his description of Greek philosophy. He ties their main ideas together in brilliant ways, revealing that he has actually read their writings and is not just regurgitating other people who have read them. He traces the development of philosophy beyond the Greeks and shows the dependence of ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I have to say out of the gate, that I have read several histories of philosophy. I wanted to read one recently published as a kind of refresher. So in Gottlieb's defense, my rating of his book of only three stars is in comparison to Gordon Clark, Copplestone, Durant, and Bertrand Russel. So, I'd say he faired pretty good. Had this been my first book on the history of philosophy, I probably would have rated it higher.

This is a brief (in comparison to Coplestone, ok?) history of philosophy by
Mark Grannis
May 19, 2013 Mark Grannis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished re-reading this book, and I'm glad I did, which is perhaps about as high a compliment as can be paid, considering the infinite number of other books there are to read. I think Gottlieb is at his best with the pre-Socratics, and is also very good with Socrates (whom he considers apart from Plato), Plato, and Aristotle.

The back third of the book was in my opinion marred by a few too many potshots at medieval Christianity. I wish Gottlieb had tried to climb inside the mind of St. T
Hiram Crespo
Aug 06, 2014 Hiram Crespo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 thought and philosophy, one that would confer a good basic grasp of the issues and complexities of the evolution of men’s thought.

The main benefit of reading this book is that it’s chronological and starts with the earliest Greek philosophers. In the process of reading, one clearly understands how each thinker was reacting t
Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In short: a few Greek guys sat around thinking until SOCRATES PLATO ARISTOTLE then a few other guys sat around thinking not as much until SOCRATES PLATO ARISTOTLE were rediscovered and translated and misunderstood and misapplied until Galileo, Hobbes, Locke, and Descarte learned Skepticism through Christian goggles and became Modern. The end.

Or rather, the end of the beginning of modernity, and the beginning of the Renaissance, the scientific revolution, and the world we know today.

And people sa
ArEzO.... Es
Aug 28, 2008 ArEzO.... Es rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
روياي خرد
تاريخ فلسفه غرب از يونان باستان تا رنسانس
كتاب از ميلتوسي ها شروع مي كند
از فيثاغورسيانن هماهنگي عالم و هراكليتوس و پارمنيدس و زنون و امپدوكلس و آنا كساگوراس و دموكريتوس و سوفسطاييان و سقراط و افلاطون وو ارسطو
ادامه مي دهد ...
هيچ كس بدرستي نميداند فلسفه را چه كسي آغاز كرده است؟
Apr 26, 2013 Joshua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
too much of the author's opinion, not enough history. The author seems to think he can know what someone's intentions were 2500 years ago.
May 17, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The first philosophers began as naturalists, as we learn, yet they quickly moved from the observation of nature to wild theorizing. Sifting through philosophy's fragments and humble beginnings, the author could easily gloss over a broad sweep of information and leave behind the rest. Any survey book must decide what information bears relevance and what to dismiss. Anthony Gottlieb doesn't condescend to these original thinkers, despite how ridiculous or piecemeal their thoughts come to us. Such w ...more
Jeffrey Jenkins
Mar 02, 2016 Jeffrey Jenkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I have a somewhat decent understanding of the big guns in philosophy and their main points. Gottlieb expertly weaves a thread between 'philosophers' from the early Greeks to the Renaissance, a thread of philosophical inquiry in general- not simply "why are we here?", but how do we know what we know and how can we prove it, et al ad infinitum. It's heavy on early Greek figures like the Epicureans (tight) and the Stoics (aight), but what makes the book so structurally sound is Gottlieb's ability t ...more
Lage von Dissen
Gottlieb does a great job examining who many believe to be the most influential philosophers that have contributed to Western thought. From Thales of Miletus to Erasumus of Rotterdam, Gottlieb illustrates how Western philosophers have influenced other branches of humanity including the sciences, politics, and religion to name a few. Philosophical views have evolved quite a bit over time, but one thing has remained the same: the human drive to try and find an understanding of the world around us. ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Ross rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The largest part of the book deals with the Greek philosophers in the 3rd and 4th century bce. This was very interesting for me because I was trained in science and was never exposed to their teaching to the extent that liberal arts majors would be. The author does a good job poking gentle fun at their nonsensical speculations about the nature of the universe. He then turns to their thinking about the nature of man and morals. The thing that struck me was the degree to which supernatural ideas o ...more
John Martindale
Jan 25, 2012 John Martindale rated it really liked it
this book was well written and interesting. Gottlieb went into a decent amount of detail on the Greek Philosophers, there was a lot that I heard for the first time and I wish I had someone to discuss the content of the book with. Gottlieb seemed to be pretty fair and accurate, though I did get the strong impression that he is an atheist, for faith is often shown to be in opposition to reason, killing curiosity and hindering the pursuit of knowledge and stifling progress. But yeah, I got the impr ...more
ياسر السبيعي
من أمتع ما قرأت عن تاريخ الفلسفة ، عمل ثري ، شيق ، رائع الترجمة ، ولا يخلو من الطرافة وخفة الظل ، يشُق بك في يُسر وسلاسة لا تخلو من تشويق عُباب محيط "أم العلوم" ، منذ إقلاعها من رأس "طاليس" أول فلاسفة اليونان ، وحتى رسوها على رصيف ميناء عصر النهضة .
لا أستطيع الإنتظار حتى يكون بين يدي الجزء الثاني من هذا العمل .
Sep 07, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gottlieb has managed to express in clear comprehenible language the evolution of western ideas and philosophy through the Renaissance. -- My one quibble is how easily he dismisses the human religious impulse. He does a fine job of explaining the impact of religion on philosophical thought, the way the church in the middle ages tried to bend philosophy to suit its needs, and how ideology of all sorts interferes with the quest for understanding. But besides all this, which is good, I felt frustrat ...more
Nate Glenn
Great book to understand how philosophy developed into science and other fields of study, it shows how advanced the greeks really were and places the philosophers in an engaging narrative.
Jan 31, 2016 Outmind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An interesting take on early philosophy, humorous and easy to follow. Too bad the end felt really rushed and was abrupt.
May 05, 2015 Hatdowl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great survey of Greek thinking and how it has shaped modern philosophy. Thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and the straight forward approach. Especially the implications on contemporary thinkers, reactionaries and (my favorite part) what was actually known at the time. For example many of Plato's books where unknown until the 14th century and their rediscovery helped fuel the Renaissance (along with many other factors explained in the book.) My only complaint is that there isn't a second one y ...more
Oct 08, 2008 M.L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a long time to troop through this one. It's not that the book is uninteresting, but that the topic is a little dry. Any history of thought takes a similar tack.

...A long time ago, there was an idea. It was wrong. So a new idea was developed. It was wrong. So then there was another idea. Etc, etc, until we catch up to today.

A good history of thought is not the right place to go to discover good thinking (unless you skip right to the final chapter).

What is less fun is that this book stops
Salim Alghamdi
Aug 14, 2015 Salim Alghamdi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أول كتاب أقرأه عن الفلسفة، كتاب لا غنى عنه للمهتمين بالفلسفة، ممتع جدا، اشكر جوتليب ونصار المؤلف والمترجم ...more
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