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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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    "Jim Rohn was right"

    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.

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

    Monumental achievement by Will Durant, beautiful, wise and comprehensive. Grover Gardner gives perfect expression to the brilliant writing


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    Andrew 05-02-16
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    "Enlightening"

    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.

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    Robert Sanders Fairfield, CA United States 03-24-16
    Robert Sanders Fairfield, CA United States 03-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great compendium"

    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.

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    "informative,well done."

    I enjoyed this information im studying History and I got a look at what philosophers were involved at what times and the what,who,and where of there influence.

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    "A concise view of philosophy throughout history."

    A concise view of philosophy throughout history and wonderful comparison between the classic, great thinkers.

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    "Good start"

    A good start for a novice philosopher such as most of us are. Excellent narrator.

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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
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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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    "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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