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The History of Philosophy - A. C. Grayling

The History of Philosophy - A. C. Grayling

Title: The History of Philosophy

Author:  A. C. Grayling

ISBN:  9780241304532

Weight:  990g

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The History of Philosophy by A. C. Grayling

The story of philosophy is an epic tale: an exploration of the ideas, views and teachings of some of the most creative minds known to humanity.  But since the long-popular classic Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, first published in 1945, there has been no comprehensive and entertaining, single-volume history of this great intellectual journey.

With his characteristic clarity and elegance A. C. Grayling takes the reader from the world-views and moralities before the age of the Buddha, Confucius and Socrates, through Christianity’s dominance of the European mind to the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and on to Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre, and philosophy today.  And, since the story of philosophy is incomplete without mention of the great philosophical traditions of India, China and the Persian-Arabic world, he gives a comparative survey of them too.

Intelligible for students and eye-opening for philosophy readers, he covers epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, logic, the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of language, political philosophy and the history of debates in these areas of enquiry, through the ideas of the celebrated philosophers as well as less well-known influential thinkers.  He also asks what we have learnt from this body of thought, and what progress is still to be made.

The first authoritative and accessible single-volume history of philosophy for decades, remarkable for its range and clarity, this is a landmark work.

Peer & Press Reviews

Grayling has written a masterful and often entertaining chronicle of the epic intellectual journey we humans have taken, in different periods, countries and cultures, to understand ourselves, our world, and how we ought to live.  An extraordinary accomplishment that transcends the usual bounds of academic specialization.

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

Updating Bertrand Russell for the 21st century… a cerebrally enjoyable survey, written with great clarity and touches of wit…  The non-western section throws up some fascinating revelations.

Sunday Times

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Title The History of Philosophy
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
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These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page, which has the phrase ‘Exclusive signed edition’, the author’s name, the month / year of publication and the name of the publisher printed on it.

Issued direct by the Viking imprint of Penguin Random House, the number of copies in this special edition is unknown.

Edition features

The front matter has 16 pages:

Contents [5]
Preface [2]
Acknowledgements [1;]
Introduction [8]

The back matter has a further 97 pages:

Appendix [11]
Timeline of Philosophers [2]
Bibliography [12]
Index [72]

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in signature page
Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Viking
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241304532
ISBN 10 0241304539
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 584 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 54mm
Packed weight 1.207kg [very heavy book]

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