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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 Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. From the pre-Socratic philosophers through the celebrated days of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, up to Renaissance visionaries like Erasmus and Bacon, philosophy emerges here as a phenomenon unconfined by any one discipline. Indeed, as Gottlieb explains, its most revolutionary breakthroughs in the natural and social sciences have repeatedly been co-opted by other branches of knowledge, leading to the illusion that philosophers never make any progress.

From the physics of angels to Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, Gottlieb builds through example and anecdote a vivid portrait of the human drive for understanding. After finishing The Dream of Reason, listeners will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life. Download and start listening now!

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

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

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