The Philosophy Book

The Philosophy Book

Title:The Philosophy Book
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages

To the complete novice, learning about philosophy can be a cause for dread-"I won't understand" is a common reaction to the mere mention of the subject, which is often assumed to be too complex and confusing for the average reader.

DK's The Philosophy Book will show that philosophy doesn't have to be a daunting subject. With the use of easy-to-follow graphics and artworks, succinct quotations, and thoroughly accessible text, this book cuts through the haze of misunderstanding surrounding the subject, untangling knotty theories and shedding light on abstract concepts.

The book is organized as a history of philosophy. Each idea-and the philosopher who first voiced it-is placed chronologically, and is cross-referenced to earlier and later ideas.

The Ideas (336PP)
Siddhartha Gautama
Thales: "Know Thyself"
Lao Tzu: "The Tao That Can Be Told Is Not The Eternal Tao"
Protagoras: "Man Is The Measure Of All Things"
Zeno of Elea
Plato: "Everything Is Becoming, Nothing Is"
Zeno of Citium: "Happiness Is A Good Flow Of Life"
Han Feizi
Augustine: "There Is No Salvation Outside The Church"
Thomas Aquinas
William of Ockham
Niccolò Machiavelli: "Reprehensible Actions May Be Justified By Their Effects"
Francisco de Vitoria
Francisco Suárez
Francis Bacon
Thomas Hobbes
René Descartes: "I Think, Therefore I Am"
Benedictus Spinoza
John Locke
Gottfried Leibniz
George Berkeley
David Hume: "Reason Is The Slave Of The Passions"
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Immanuel Kant
Edmund Burke
Jeremy Bentham: "Every Law Is Contrary To Liberty"
Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: "Only In The State Does Man Have A Rational Existence"
Arthur Schopenhauer
Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling
Auguste Comte
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Every Natural Fact Is A Symbol Of Some Spiritual Fact"
Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach
John Stuart Mill
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
Karl Marx: "From Each According To His Ability, To Each According To His Need"
Charles Sanders Peirce
William James
Friedrich Nietzsche: "Man Is Something To Be Surpassed"
Gottlob Frege
Edmund Husserl
Henri Bergson
Nishido Katara
Bertrand Russell
José Ortega y Gasset
Ludwig Wittgenstein: "The Limits Of My Language Are The Limits Of My World"
Martin Heidegger
Rudolf Carnap
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Gilbert Ryle
Karl Popper
Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno
Jean-Paul Sartre: "Man Is Condemned To Be Free"
Willard Van Orman Quine
Arne Dekke Eide Naess
John Rawls
Thomas Samuel Kuhn
Michel Foucault
Noam Chomsky: "Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously"
Jurgen Habermas
Jacques Derrida: "There Is Nothing Outside Of The Text"
Richard Rorty
Saul Kripke

    The Philosophy Book Reviews

  • Traveller

    A nice illustrated introduction to the idea of philosophy for students/young people/the still-to be-initiated into the rigors of the philosophical tradition.It gives a comprehensive overview of global...

  • Greg Watson

    This is a good philosophy reference. I'm unsure of when I started, but I read nearly all of it, minus some of the directory and glossary.The book is divided into short summaries of philosophers. Each ...

  • Jessica

    I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.This book gives a great overview of philosophy. I was a philosophy major in college and this book covers many of the ideas I learned at school. However,...

  • Morgan

    Compared to other philosophy books I've read, I think I like this one the best now. Not only does it feature way more philosophers, but it's diverse too. Always a plus in my book if they feature more ...

  • Cindy

    Wow, this is the best semi-comprehensive philosophy book I've ever read. It includes all the prerequisites you need to know and nothing more. The explanations are so amazingly cogent, I could cry. I w...

  • Braeden Young

    An excellent collection of ideas from history's greatest thinkers. This book give a simple comprehensive overview on the last 3000 years in philosophy. The authors take the reader through a chronologi...

  • Judith

    Man, if I had known this book existed, I would have purchased it 6 years ago! Then again, it probably wasn't published back then. Anyway....for those who would like to dip their little toes in the wor...

  • Erin Boyington

    A brief, readable introduction to the thinkers and ideas that have shaped the world.The profiles are organized by date, bookended by brief intros to each historical era; each person gets 1-3 pages des...

  • Antariksa Akhmadi

    This book has done a good job explaining some of the most notable philosophers and their influential ideas. This is especially true in the entries of modern and contemporary period continental philoso...

  • Liz

    About as reactionary as you'd expect. Avoid....