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The Philosophy Book

Big Ideas Simply Explained
Written by: DK
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
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An essential introduction to the history, concepts, and thinking behind philosophy that demystifies what can often be daunting subject matter, laid out in DK's signature style.

Are the ideas of René Descartes, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes still relevant today? The Philosophy Book unpacks the writings and ideas of more than 100 of history's biggest thinkers, taking you on a journey from ancient Greece to the modern day. Explore feminism, rationalism, idealism, existentialism, and other influential movements in the world of philosophy.

From Socrates to Confucius to Julia Kristeva, The Philosophy Book breaks down difficult concepts in an approachable style. Cutting through the haze of academia and untangling complicated theories to show how our social, political, and ethical ideas are formed, The Philosophy Book contextualizes the information around time periods, innovative thinkers, method, and philosophical approach.

The Philosophy Book is a perfect and comprehensive introduction to a complicated and fascinating subject.

©2015 DK (P)2019 Random House Audio

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"In The Philosophy Book, the ideas and thoughts of more than one hundred of the most influential philosophers from the ancient world through today are presented in a succinct, yet highly readable, format. From all corners of the world and from different traditions and approaches to philosophy and the art of reasoning, the contributors to this excellent book highlight the impact of each philosopher on his society and how it affected the development of subsequent ideas. Students of philosophy or those interested in human thought will thoroughly enjoy this book. This volume is an excellent addition to a general philosophy collection." (Voice of Youth Advocate/VOYA Magazine)

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Book has a problem dealing with indian philosophy!

Listening to it now!Just finished the chapter on mediveal philosophy which was amazing. Book has a huge problem dealing with indian philosphy. For example, the entire positioning of Buddha's ideas being against all the ideas of that time seems ridiculous! As anybody who knows anything about upnishads and their teachings as well as as various schools of thought would agree that Buddha's views are mainly against the Mimansakas of that time. We are still not sure if mimansaka's views were followed by the masses! In any case Mimansakas were atheists as far as their views on god are concerned. They believed that mere rituals/mantras were sufficient to get desired effect. Surprisingly many of the ideas propounded by Buddha seem to be present in sankhya as well as yoga, both being the highly respected philosophies of buddha's time! There are factual inaccuracies as well, it is mentioned in the book that Arthur Schopenhauer was influenced by Buddhism whereas in his " The world as will and idea" , Schopenhauer himself claimed to be influenced by upnishadic thought aka vedanta! This is a simple fact that can be verified very easily.
In the medieval philosophy chapter talking about sufism and completely ignoring much older texts of Ramanujacharya that led to Bhakti movement in india and influenced great seers like Kabir is simply not unignorable!
Furthermore,not including yoga, sankhya, vaisheshik philosophy of atomism,indian materialism followed by Charvakas as well as mathematical contribution of indians while discussing philosphy, simply goes on to show ignorance of the western world about India.

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