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)
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"
Augustine: "There Is No Salvation Outside The Church"
William of Ockham
Niccolò Machiavelli: "Reprehensible Actions May Be Justified By Their Effects"
Francisco de Vitoria
René Descartes: "I Think, Therefore I Am"
David Hume: "Reason Is The Slave Of The Passions"
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"
Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling
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
Friedrich Nietzsche: "Man Is Something To Be Surpassed"
José Ortega y Gasset
Ludwig Wittgenstein: "The Limits Of My Language Are The Limits Of My World"
Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno
Jean-Paul Sartre: "Man Is Condemned To Be Free"
Willard Van Orman Quine
Arne Dekke Eide Naess
Thomas Samuel Kuhn
Noam Chomsky: "Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously"
Jacques Derrida: "There Is Nothing Outside Of The Text"
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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...
About as reactionary as you'd expect. Avoid....