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The History of Philosophy: Signed Edition (Hardback)
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Astonishingly wide-ranging and comprehensive, Grayling’s synthesis of Eastern and Western thought is the first heavyweight one-volume history of philosophy since the war. Scholarly yet accessible, Grayling marshals disparate theories into a coherent narrative whole to spin an endlessly illuminating tale of intellectual progress.  

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The first truly authoritative and accessible history of philosophy to cover both Western and Eastern traditions

The story of philosophy is an epic tale: an exploration of the ideas, views and teachings of some of the most creative minds known to humanity. But since the long-popular classic Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy, first published in 1945, there has been no comprehensive and entertaining, single-volume history of this great intellectual journey.

With his characteristic clarity and elegance A. C. Grayling takes the reader from the world-views and moralities before the age of the Buddha, Confucius and Socrates, through Christianity's dominance of the European mind to the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and on to Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre, and philosophy today. And, since the story of philosophy is incomplete without mention of the great philosophical traditions of India, China and the Persian-Arabic world, he gives a comparative survey of them too.

Intelligible for students and eye-opening for philosophy readers, he covers epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, logic, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, political philosophy and the history of debates in these areas of enquiry, through the ideas of the celebrated philosophers as well as less well-known influential thinkers. He also asks what we have learnt from this body of thought, and what progress is still to be made.

The first authoritative and accessible single-volume history of philosophy for decades, remarkable for its range and clarity, this is a landmark work.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781785176241
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 921 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 49 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'…a cerebrally enjoyable survey, written with great clarity and touches of wit.' - The Sunday Times

'The philosopher carries off this unwieldy project with wit and grace, deftly juggling its contradictory problems.; - The Saturday Telegraph

'Grayling has written a masterful and often entertaining chronicle of the epic intellectual journey we humans have taken, in different periods, countries and cultures, to understand ourselves, our world, and how we ought to live. An extraordinary accomplishment that transcends the usual bounds of academic specialization.' - Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

'He's more historically-minded than Russell, less dogmatic than Dawkins and less in thrall to the charms of his own fluency than Hitchens.' - Prospect on The Challenge of Things

'Undeniably thought-provoking.' - The Sunday Times on The God Argument

'Grayling is particularly good at illuminating the knottiness of moral discourse.' - Sunday Times on The Challenge of Things

'Lucid, informative and admirably accessible.' - New Statesman on The God Argument

'Grayling writes with clarity, elegance and the occasional aphoristic twist.' - Daily Telegraph on The Challenge of Things

'Five minutes with any passage will have you contemplating all day.' - Independent on The Good Book

'I find the clarity of his thinking so refreshing.' - Pam Ferris on The Meaning of Things

'If there is any such person in Britain as The Thinking Man, it is A. C. Grayling.' - The Times

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“Nearly a KG of food for thought”

Grayling has never shied away from big bombastic statements - see his attempt to, well, rewrite the Bible as secular, and start his own school with Richard Dawkins. And this tome - and it really is a proper TOME - as... More

“Essential”

Before you start, you wonder why no-one has thought of this before. A chronological introduction to the most important philosophers of history with an outline of their ideas seems simple enough, and with the range and... More

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