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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Gottlieb Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781482915754
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In this landmark study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of our great thinkers of classic philosophy and questions many pieces of conventional wisdom. From the pre-Socratic philosophers like Empedocles, through the celebrated days of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and up to the Renaissance visionaries like Erasmus and Bacon, Gottlieb traces the progress of our philosophy as a phenomenon unconfined by any one discipline. Through example and anecdote, he builds a vivid portrait of the human drive for understanding, providing a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Gottlieb] writes with fluency and lucidity, with a gift for making even difficult matters seem comprehensible.”

    New York Times

  • “Gottlieb is as enjoyable as he is intellectually stimulating.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A wonderful book.”

    New York Review of Books

  •  “Gottlieb’s elegant survey brings a breath of fresh air.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “His book…supplant[s] all others, even the immensely successful History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell.”

    A. C. Grayling, author of The Good Book

  • “[Wanda McCaddon’s] reading of this refreshing history is tuned to Gottlieb’s delicate irony as he traces his history from the pre-Socratics to Descartes…[McCaddon’s] reading catches his narrative excitement. She is at once glib, catchy, erudite, but above all entertaining.”


  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book
  • A 2001 Times Literary Supplement Best Book
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
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About the Author

Anthony Gottlieb was the executive editor of the Economist from 1984 until 2006. He studied philosophy at Cambridge University and University College, London, and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University. He has written articles and book reviews for the New York Times. He is a visiting scholar at New York University and a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.