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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (269 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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nik | 12/29/2013

    " If you like history and philosophy, pick this book up. I loved the audiobook narration. Its not boring at all if youre interested in philosophers lives & how they interacted with each other thru history. I enjoyed it alot! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendar88 | 11/7/2013

    " Couldn't get through it. Interesting how naive people were just 100 and 200 years ago. Hard to believe that trend will continue, but it probably will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 10/2/2013

    " A very thorough overview of philosophers, mostly Greek, some Roman, after Rome was condensed, but still seemed to cover in detail. The book is a fairly slow read, but the writing style is enjoyable with bits of humor in an indepth discussion of each philosopher or school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 9/16/2013

    " Very difficult to follow....glad I made it through it all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Sheaffer | 8/14/2013

    " I found this history of western thought and reason a relatively easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Mchugh | 7/19/2013

    " Excellent history. Well presented with interesting commentary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshua | 5/9/2013

    " too much of the author's opinion, not enough history. The author seems to think he can know what someone's intentions were 2500 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/26/2012

    " I like philosophy, which I discovered in first year university, which I followed up with many more classes... So this book was in my field of interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Hartman | 11/27/2012

    " This was a great history lesson in the development of western philosophy. The manner in which Gottlieb covers difficult concepts make them easy to understand and definitely contributed to my enjoyment of this particular book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 8/18/2012

    " Excellent overview of philosophy, or history of ideas, from the Pre-socratics up to Descartes, but with plenty of informative asides to later philosophers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ernest | 1/9/2012

    " Full of surprises and disappointments. In general, much of the history of philosophy is deflationary to the human ego. Full intellectual satisfaction practically is non-existent. And so, now, I'm still waiting for Gottlieb's next volume. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan Taylor | 7/10/2011

    " Couldn't get into. I tried dozens of times... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Couldn't get through it. Interesting how naive people were just 100 and 200 years ago. Hard to believe that trend will continue, but it probably will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ernest | 11/26/2010

    " Full of surprises and disappointments. In general, much of the history of philosophy is deflationary to the human ego. Full intellectual satisfaction practically is non-existent. And so, now, I'm still waiting for Gottlieb's next volume. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 2/1/2010

    " I found this history of western thought and reason a relatively easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/1/2009

    " I like philosophy, which I discovered in first year university, which I followed up with many more classes... So this book was in my field of interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 4/4/2007

    " This was a great history lesson in the development of western philosophy. The manner in which Gottlieb covers difficult concepts make them easy to understand and definitely contributed to my enjoyment of this particular book. "

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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.