Monumental achievement by Will Durant, beautiful, wise and comprehensive. Grover Gardner gives perfect expression to the brilliant writing
I've listened to this now 10+ times. Originally sought out Will Durant because I learned that Alan Watts was greatly influenced by him.
I also found the readers voice most pleasing.
A concise view of philosophy throughout history and wonderful comparison between the classic, great thinkers.
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Philosophy doesn't exactly lend itself to the audio book format. I found myself making liberal use of the 30 second rewind throughout the entire book. There are simply too many ideas with too many nuances present in the text. Despite my minor difficulty adjusting to the format, I fully enjoyed Durant's historical tour de force. He does have his own biases and these are quite evident as he explains the work of other thinkers. But I wouldn't have it any other way. To truly engage with a worldview, you have to respond to it honestly, and Durant does. After giving a short biography and then going into detail about each figure's main ideas, he offers up criticism from his 20th Century point of view.
As per Headline - good entry level book that gives access to some of the great philosophers backgrounds and their histories that perhaps led to their particular philosophical leanings. Looks at the development of the personality of noted philosophers in line with historical events influencing their life and growth of thought.
A lot to take in (for me) and so I preferred (as I do) to take it slowly over time.
laden with much content and written in a good, yet sometimes dry fashion, this book walks you through the history of western philosophy from the ancient Greek to modern times. certainly highly recommendable.
Never did I think that a book written in 1926 would resonate so well in modern times. Much care was taken crafting the prose, more than in modern books. Half the time I was bookmarking insight of philosophers, and half the time I was noting the author's own elegant turns of phrase. Example: "To see how short life is, one must have lived long". And "a man who has lived to 70 has survived his pessimism"