The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - 468 pagini
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A stunning successor to Bertrand Russell's classic, A History of Western Philosophy. In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb approaches philosophy through its primary sources, questions many pieces of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. From the pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato, and Aristotle to Renaissance visionaries like Erasmus, "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 were quickly 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 to understanding. After closing The Dream of Reason, readers will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest and its influence on every aspect of life.

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I will confess to having a degree in Philosophy, which, from a practical stand point, may seem kind of pointless. My father certainly thought so when I was in college. 'What are you going to do with ... Citește recenzia completă

THE DREAM OF REASON: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

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A superbly literate, wide-ranging survey of Western thought over two and a half millennia.Gottlieb, executive editor of The Economist, is resolutely and refreshingly nonacademic; he announces at the ... Citește recenzia completă

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Anthony Gottlieb is a former executive editor of The Economist and has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University and All Souls College, Oxford. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in New York.

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