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The Truth About Everything: An Irreverent History of Philosophy with Illustrations

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Throughout history, well-known theories of reality, knowledge, mind, and most particularly the "professional" philosophers who rely on them for their intellectual existence, have sought to isolate universal truths and structure the history of philosophy to distinguish schools and movements that seek a comprehensive understanding of our world. But in this well-intended purs ...more
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Prometheus Books
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Peter Mcloughlin
This book was written in the 90s and one of the author's many targets Postmodernism has receded somewhat since then. However the book could be called a common sense history of philosophy. The author has an allergy to wilder and woolier thinking from philosophy. He seems to have a lot of respect for Hume and more down to earth clear speaking philosophers but every one gets some lampooning in this history. It is a much needed antidote for people like myself who are susceptible thought intoxication ...more
Steven Williams
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book takes the reader on a tour of the history of philosophy, and the author attempts to show the problem with practically all philosophies through history. The generalized problem is that philosophy as practice in the past and present attempts to provide a theory of everything—the ultimate why question—or, as he calls it the “Holy Grail.” Philosophies differ in what exactly is the why, but all have historically sought it, as Matthew Stewart sees it. He works his way beginning with the pre- ...more
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Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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It's a pity this book hasn't reached a wider audience (judging from the few ratings and lack of any detailed review here, so far). It occupies a little niche of its own without being merely a novelty.

The book is great on many levels. Don't let the "irreverent" or "illustrations" parts in the title give the wrong idea. As a serious, straightforward history of philosophy, it's the most interesting and informative I've come across (compared to books of similar length of course, not multi-volume phi
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Oscar Alfonzo
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very funny and entertaiment way to see philosophy.
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I first happened upon La Rochefoucauld in Stewart's book, and I am grateful.
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