A Little History of Philosophy (Little Histories)

4.12 avg rating
( 8,996 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780300187793: A Little History of Philosophy (Little Histories)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

For readers of E. H. Gombrich's A Little History of the World, an equally irresistible volume that brings history's greatest philosophers to life

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

In forty brief chapters, Nigel Warburton guides us on a chronological tour of the major ideas in the history of philosophy. He provides interesting and often quirky stories of the lives and deaths of thought-provoking philosophers from Socrates, who chose to die by hemlock poisoning rather than live on without the freedom to think for himself, to Peter Singer, who asks the disquieting philosophical and ethical questions that haunt our own times.

Warburton not only makes philosophy accessible, he offers inspiration to think, argue, reason, and ask in the tradition of Socrates. A Little History of Philosophy presents the grand sweep of humanity's search for philosophical understanding and invites all to join in the discussion.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Author:

Why did you write this book?

Philosophy is one of the most stimulating and important subjects there is. We all philosophize some of the time when we think about how we should live, whether or not God exists, or how society should be organized. These questions have vexed the greatest minds for thousands of years. Yet some people are still daunted by philosophy. They think it's an impenetrable and obscure subject that has no relevance for them. I wanted to show this isn't true, that it's possible to write an accessible and enjoyable book without betraying the spirit of the great thinkers of the past or making them obscure or irrelevant. I decided to focus on the Western tradition in philosophy and on one or two key ideas from each philosopher discussed rather than attempt an encyclopedic overview.

How is making philosophy accessible to all a challenge?

Part of the challenge of writing a book like this was to keep the language straightforward. Many philosophers have introduced complex technical terms that make their writing hard to follow. It's easy to fall into the habit of mirroring them. Writing in a way that doesn't presuppose knowledge is an excellent discipline, though, as there's no place to hide.

Which philosophers do you personally find most engaging?

Socrates, the great fifth-century Athenian philosopher who would cross-question passersby in the marketplace and reveal how little they really knew, is one of my personal favourites. His unwillingness to accept assumptions, and his passion for discovering the truth or, failing that, how little he knew, provide a model for all philosophers. Although he wasn't the first philosopher, he was the first great philosopher. He of all the philosophers in the book is the one I'd most like to have met. My second choice would be the eighteenth-century philosopher David Hume, a remarkable thinker who was also a superb writer.

What are the major themes of your book?

A Little History of Philosophy focuses on the major themes of philosophy: appearance and reality, the nature of the self, and questions about God's existence and about how we should live, both individually and as members of society. Throughout philosophy's history these have been the perennial themes. Each era gives them a new twist, but they aren't going to go away.

About the Author:

Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher, bestselling author of many popular introductions to philosophy, and co-host of the much-loved Philosophy Bites podcast. He lives in Oxford, UK.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780300152081: A Little History of Philosophy (Little Histories)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0300152086 ISBN 13: 9780300152081
Publisher: Yale University Press, 2011
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Seller Image

1.

Warburton, Nigel
Published by Yale University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New Soft Cover Quantity available: 20
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Yale University Press, 2012. Soft Cover. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # 9780300187793

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Warburton, Nigel
Published by Yale University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New Softcover Quantity available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Yale University Press, 2012. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 18047779-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Warburton, Nigel
Published by Yale University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Yale University Press, 2012. Condition: New. BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|VCF. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780300187793

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Nigel Warburton
Published by Yale University Press, United States (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New Paperback Quantity available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Yale University Press, United States, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. For readers of E. H. Gombrich's A Little History of the World, an equally irresistible volume that brings history's greatest philosophers to life"A primer in human existence: philosophy has rarely seemed so lucid, so important, so worth doing and so easy to enter into. . . . A wonderful introduction for anyone who's ever felt curious about almost anything."-Sarah Bakewell, author of How To Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.In forty brief chapters, Nigel Warburton guides us on a chronological tour of the major ideas in the history of philosophy. He provides interesting and often quirky stories of the lives and deaths of thought-provoking philosophers from Socrates, who chose to die by hemlock poisoning rather than live on without the freedom to think for himself, to Peter Singer, who asks the disquieting philosophical and ethical questions that haunt our own times.Warburton not only makes philosophy accessible, he offers inspiration to think, argue, reason, and ask in the tradition of Socrates. A Little History of Philosophy presents the grand sweep of humanity's search for philosophical understanding and invites all to join in the discussion. Seller Inventory # AAH9780300187793

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Nigel Warburton
Published by Yale University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New PAP Quantity available: 15
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Yale University Press, 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # GB-9780300187793

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.32
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Warburton, Nigel
Published by Yale University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New Paperback Quantity available: 4
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Yale University Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # 0300187793

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.40
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Nigel Warburton
Published by Yale University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New Paperback Quantity available: 17
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)

Book Description Yale University Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. For readers of E. H. Gombrich's A Little History of the World, an equally irresistible volume that brings history's greatest philosophers to life Philosophy begins with questions about the.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 252 pages. 0.390. Seller Inventory # 9780300187793

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.14
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Nigel Warburton
Published by Yale University Press 2012-09-11, New Haven, [Conn.] |London (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New paperback Quantity available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Yale University Press 2012-09-11, New Haven, [Conn.] |London, 2012. paperback. Condition: New. Language: ENG. Seller Inventory # 9780300187793

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.30
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Warburton, Nigel
Published by Yale University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New Softcover Quantity available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Yale University Press, 2012. Condition: New. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 0300187793-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Warburton, Nigel
Published by Yale University Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 0300187793 ISBN 13: 9780300187793
New Paperback Quantity available: 3
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Yale University Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # BKZN9780300187793

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book