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

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Hardcover, 412 pages
Simon and Schuster, 1961
Second Edition, Twenty-fourth Printing

This is an endlessly inspiring and instructive chronicle of the world's greatest thinkers, from Socrates to Santayana.

The Story of Philosophy gives not only the ideas and philosophical systems of the world-famous "monarchs of the mind," such as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, Locke and others of similar stature but their flesh-and-blood biographies.  It also gives their setting in their own time and place and influence in our modern intellectual heritage. These pages are "packed with wisdom and wit."

Eleven years of research and three years of actual writing went into the creation of this book, which, while written with exacting and scrupulous scholarship, is not meant solely for scholars.  It is designed to command the respect of educators, and at the same time capture the interest of the layman.  

Not only the titans of older days, but the most famous contemporary philosopher are here presented and illumined--including Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, and Dewey.

This is a book that has proved its survival value, because it opens vistas of intellectual adventure and growth to those who hunger for the total perspective which is philosophy, and who seek the wisest and most indestructible answers for the world's greatest philosophers to the persistent and fundamental questions about first and last things.