Critical history of how we've created the societies we live in today presented in a clear and thought provoking way.
I am no expert in philosophy but I thought will durant's account was delightfully put together as he developed the thinking of each philosopher and how they fit in the philosophical landscape of their time.
Absolutely, Durant is a superb writer. The fact that it was published in 1926 only helps the book and does not handicap it in any way. No doubt I will listen to it again; especially the chapter on Spinoza.
Durant does a great job of explaining the philosophies and influences of each philosopher. He does more than skim the surface but also doesn’t get caught up in the minutiae of any one subject or philosophy.
So many great quotes, but here's a random one I like “No doubt, when modesty was made a virtue, it was a very advantageous thing for the fools; for everybody is expected to speak of himself as if he were one.”
1926 is before the Great Depression, WWII and America's move up as the leader of the free world. This is key when thinking about how historians interpret and chronicle subjects. Will Durant was not influenced by our most recent historical events. Philosophy was held at higher esteem during the early 20th century. Philosophy has an important place in our current golden age of science. Criticism and rebuttals are not bad things; they’re important parts of the free world.
Great synopsis of philosophies driving the powerful. Descriptions of Nietsche's superman helpfful in analyzing Donald Trump. Would be surprised if Trump has not been influenced by this book.
Monumental achievement by Will Durant, beautiful, wise and comprehensive. Grover Gardner gives perfect expression to the brilliant writing
A snapshot into the lives and minds of the most influential philosophers of European thought. Very enlightening. The book starts off with the Greeks and moving on chrologically.
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.