Will Durant
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Will Durant

William James Durant (/dəˈrænt/; November 5, 1885 - November 7, 1981) was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy (1924), described as "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy".

He conceived of philosophy as total perspective, or, seeing things sub specie totius, a phrase inspired by Spinoza's sub specie aeternitatis. He sought to unify and humanize the great body of historical knowledge, which had grown voluminous and become fragmented into esoteric specialties, and to vitalize it for contemporary application.

Will and Ariel Durant were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1968 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Will Durant Foundation (http://will-durant.com/bio.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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    • The Lessons of History

    • By: Will, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization....

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    • By BradleyBurr on 10-29-07

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    • The Story of Philosophy

    • The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
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    The product of 11 years of research, The Story of Philosophy is an endlessly inspiring and instructive chronicle of the world’s greatest thinkers....

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    • By Jeff on 04-14-12

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    • Our Oriental Heritage

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Robin Field
    • Length: 50 hrs and 17 mins
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    Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia....

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    • Wonderful

    • By Michael on 11-30-13

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    • Caesar and Christ

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 3
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 36 hrs and 31 mins
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    The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity....

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    • Superb.

    • By Mike From Mesa on 04-29-14

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    • The Life of Greece

    • The Story of Civilization, Volume 2
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 32 hrs and 36 mins
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    Here Durant tells the whole story of Greece from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to the final extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heel of forward-marching Rome....

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    • Great Series Don’t be Intimidated by 500 hours

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    • The Age of Faith, Volume 4

    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 61 hrs and 23 mins
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    The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture....

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    • Illumination on the dark ages

    • By Mike From Mesa on 08-24-14

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    • The Renaissance

    • A History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 - 1576 AD, The Story of Civilization, Volume 5
    • By: Will Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 37 hrs and 9 mins
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    The Renaissance chronicles the history of Italy from1304 to 1576. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter the poets Petrarch and Boccaccio, the fathers of the Renaissance....

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    • Panoramic View of the Italian Renaissance

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    • The Age of Reason Begins

    • A History of European Civilization in the Period of Shakespeare, Bacon, Montaigne, Rembrandt, Galileo, and Descartes: 1558 - 1648: The Story of Civilization, Book 7
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
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    This seventh volume of Will and Ariel Durant's renowned Story of Civilization chronicles the history of European civilization from 1558 to 1648....

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    • Mostly 30 Years of War, but Reason bests War

    • By Michael on 05-01-15

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    • The Age of Voltaire

    • A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy
    • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
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    The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century....

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    • Heroes of History

    • By: Will Durant
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    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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    At Will Durant's death at 96, in 1981, his personal papers were dispersed among relatives, collectors, and archive houses....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice overview

    • By Richard on 11-10-04

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