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Over eleven years went into writing this classic historic chronology of our great Western thinkers. Will Durant is best known for his collaboration with his wife Arial Durant on The Story of Civilization, an eleven book series, which took them over fifty years to write. Yet here in the Story of Philosophy, with no less attention to detail and to sweeping scope of philosophical merit, Durant loads his text with biographical information of each philosopher, from the ancient Socrates to the modern Santayana. Indeed, though there are excerpts from these philosophers' original texts, Durant uses a careful treatment of the time in which these thinkers lived to elucidate and highlight the function and impact of their main tenets and most well known ideas.

This book is known as a classic that popularized philosophy, and because each era of Western philosophy's history comes alive under the lens of Durant, the contemporary audience will no doubt be left with a sense of being educated, while also broadly entertained.

Critics have remarked that his prose begs to be read aloud. In fact, his prose has been called so beautiful that it rivals poetry. Take the opportunity to hear it now by downloading this audiobook on Audiobooks.com today!

Will Durant was born in 1885. His scholarly activities are known for being exacting and scrupulous in their methodology. Durant was a prolific writer, historian and philosopher and he collaborated frequently with his wife Arial Durant. He is known for his gifts as a prose stylist and his storytelling abilities, which stand in stark contrast to other more formal academic writings. He and his wife won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non Fiction and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The product of eleven years of research, The Story of Philosophy is an endlessly inspiring and instructive chronicle of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Socrates to Santayana. Written with exacting and scrupulous scholarship, it was designed both to command the respect of educators and to capture the interest of the layman.

Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

The Story of Philosophy is a key book for any reader who wishes to survey the history and development of philosophical ideas in the Western world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delight.”

    New York Times

  • “Easily the most engaging writer of Western intellectual history in the English language, Will Durant breathes life into philosophers and their ideas. He is colorful, witty, and above all, informative.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alan | 12/29/2013

    " I read this early on, when such books were in the public library. Recently I went back to my hometown library: there were three books about philosophy and 15 different "Chicken Soup" editions. What happened to Jaspers, Russell, Mortimer Adler, Durant, Sartre that I read there? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hal | 12/18/2013

    " If you didn't read it in Philosophy 101, than I'd recommend it to any classically trained scholar. Reviews the major points of thought from all major philosophers over the last 3000 years. Good conversation starter for New England cocktail parties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Monica Perez | 12/18/2013

    " the only philosophy book i have ever read the purpose of which is for the reader to understand the philosophy of the philosopher. this should be the starting point of any serious inquiry into philosophy or even a particular philosopher covered--it will all follow from this clear foundation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elisabeth | 11/23/2013

    " very engaging writing style about the lives of great philosophers. "

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