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The Story of Philosophy Audiobook

The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers

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Publisher's Summary

The product of 11 years of research, The Story of Philosophy is an endlessly inspiring and instructive chronicle of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Socrates to Santayana. Written with exacting and scrupulous scholarship, it was designed both to command the respect of educators and to capture the interest of the layman.

Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

Will Durant (1885-1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He spent over 50 years writing his critically acclaimed 11-volume series The Story of Civilization. A champion of human-rights issues such as social reform and the brotherhood of man long before they were popular, he continues to educate and entertain readers and listeners worldwide through his writings.

©1926 Will Durant (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A delight.” (New York Times)

“Easily the most engaging writer of Western intellectual history in the English language, Will Durant breathes life into philosophers and their ideas. He is colorful, witty, and above all, informative.” (Amazon.com review)

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    Zubair US 10-19-15
    Zubair US 10-19-15

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    "Great Introduction"

    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.

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    David 04-16-15
    David 04-16-15
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    "Nice entry level book."
    Where does The Story of Philosophy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    A lot to take in (for me) and so I preferred (as I do) to take it slowly over time.


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    02-25-15
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    "one of the really great overviews through philosop"

    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.

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    Xopowo Montreal 11-10-14
    Xopowo Montreal 11-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent information, prose and audio"
    What did you love best about The Story of Philosophy?

    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"


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    Gregory M. Kreiger 04-05-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Will Durant Revisited"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to individuals who wanted a good overview of the history of philosophy.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I initially read this book in a Introduction to Philosophy course some 35 year ago and just wanted a refresher on what was contained in this book. Needless to say, I forgot a lot, and maybe some sections of the book I never read. It was an enjoyable visit with a great American Professor of philosophy.


    If you could give The Story of Philosophy a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Ideas and thoughts never change


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    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 11-01-13
    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 11-01-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Introduction"

    This is a introductory story of philosophy. The author reffers to some important philosophers. The book begins with greek philosophy and ends with "contemporary" american philosophy (George Santayana, William James and John Dewey). Some of the greatest thinkers were there. The reader should not expect though an exaustive exposition. The story is straight and give relevant insights about the works of the philosophers examined.The narration is good, specially for a foreig like me.

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    Dan Greene CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States 09-08-13
    Dan Greene CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wisdom lessons"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Story of Philosophy to be better than the print version?

    Grover Gardner is excellent -


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner is in synch with Will Durant. Grover Gardner (under the name Alexander Adams) narrated Will Durants Story of Civilization. The Story of Philosophy is sort of like Will Durants practice for his larger work on the history of human civilazation. Its a treasure.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audio book. Recommended to everyone. Its a delight to listent to the words of Will Durant and Grover Gardner is an awesome narrator!!!

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    Big John Montana 07-28-13
    Big John Montana 07-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A dry and thought provoking book."

    A journey through philosophy that everyone who enjoys thinking philosophically will enjoy.
    The subject matter and presentation would be considered dry, but I like this stuff, I like to pause the book and think about tangents that come into my mind, and then resume.

    Not a book for everyone, but if philosophy is a subject matter that you enjoy spending time on you will find this book well done.

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    heART seneca sc 07-06-13
    heART seneca sc 07-06-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature

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    "the most enlightening book of them all"
    If you could sum up The Story of Philosophy in three words, what would they be?

    open your mind


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Story of Philosophy?

    honestly, most of the stories rush you to read, in greater depth, about the lives and philosophies introduced in this book


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his pacing allows for digestion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the whole book; I love this book and am listening to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    don't let your life pass without reading the Story of Philosophy.

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    BradBrad SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 05-30-13
    BradBrad SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Philosophy made Enjoyable"
    Where does The Story of Philosophy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A very enjoyable read- not the subject matter/ type of book that I could really put at the top of my all time best listens- can't fault wither Durant or Gardner for that.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How surprisingly pleasant it was to follow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found this a nice introduction to philosophy- a history coming from the perspective of a 20th century philosopher.

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