Item description for The Story of Philosophy by Bryan Magee...
Overview An accessible interpretation of the subject of philosophy from a world-renowned philosopher and author offers readers a fundamental introduction to the history of ideas and human thought from around the world. Reissue.
Publishers Description The most accessible and unparalleled companion to philosophy on the market.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Story of Philosophy by Bryan Magee has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 62
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 61
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 54
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 76
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Studio: DK ADULT
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 7.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Jun 27, 2001
Publisher DK Adult
ISBN 078947994X ISBN13 9780789479945
Availability 0 units.
More About Bryan Magee
Bryan Magee is a Visiting Professor at King's College London and has published sixteen other books including Modern British Philosophy, and Creators of Contemporary Philosophy.
Bryan Magee has an academic affiliation as follows - Keble College, Oxford King's College, London University King's College.
Reviews - What do customers think about Story of Philosophy?
An excellent guide for a beginner or student Jan 15, 2007
The DK series of books seem targeted for younger readers, and Bryan Magee's comprehensive guide to philosophers throughout history is no exception. There is little text and many illustrations and photographs. It is a bit simplistic for those who've studied philosophy, but for a new student or someone who wants a generalized account of the history of philosophical thought, it's a good book.
Accessible introduction to Philosophy Nov 21, 2006
In this short book, Magee examines the history of Western philosophy by looking at key philosophers and their ideas.
This book is very clearly written and beautifully illustrated. While it lacks the depth necessary to introduce a university student to the subject, this book would be a valuable addition to high school libraries and worth buying for younger readers, as well as adult readers who have not had higher university education but are curious about life's deeper questions.
This book lacks in depth coverage of Eastern philosophy, but that is well covered in other books such as Ninian Smart's 'World Philosophies.'
Brief - A bit too brief Oct 18, 2006
This book is very nicely compiled and tolerably well-written (although not beautifully or engagingly), but only 20 pages in errors and oversights have quite nearly ruined it for this reader.
As has been pointed out before - the Paradox of the race between Achilles and the Tortoise is followed by the statement "Perhaps one day it will be solved." I find it unbelievable that any educated person would fail to see immediately upon reading this (or writing it) that this 'paradox' is quite easily solved with a basic understanding of limits.
The other error that bothered me was a reference to Leibniz as the discoverer of calculus with no mention of Sir Isaac Newton. These two had a long bitter fight over who first discovered calculus, and it seems that not to mention Newton in this matter is either very biased or simply erroneous.
I am a student of science, so these are the errors that I catch - I hope that such errors do not occur so frequently when covering the topics more central to philosophy, because I will not so easily catch them and may be misled.
I imagine that I will continue to read this book, but it has quickly shown itself to be less than the gem that I had hoped for.
great style, but fatal errors May 23, 2006
I checked this book out at the library with the intention of learning about the history of philosophy. I have a limited knowledge of philosophy, but I found two major errors within the first few pages. On page 19, the author says of Zeno's Paradox (Achilles and the Tortoise), "There must be a fault in the logic, they have said. But no one has yet been wholly successful in demonstrating it." This is terribly misleading to novices. The paradox has been solved since the discovery of finite limits to infinite sums. The solution is part of a good introductory calculus course.
I spotted a second problem on page 23, where the author attempts to draw a connection between the teachings of Socrates and Jesus. Jesus was quoted as saying, "What will a man gain by winning the whole world, at the cost of his true self?" This is a quotation from the New English Bible, but all other translations replace "true self" with "life" or "soul." Jesus certainly was not talking about personal integrity in that context. Socrates gave up his life in order to tell the truth, but Jesus was speaking about one's eternal afterlife.
Since I have found these two irreconcilable problems, it is likely that there are many other problems I might miss. I will shortly return the book and attempt to get a similar one. I admire the writing style and illustrations.
avoid paperback edition Feb 23, 2006
I had seen a copy of this book prior to purchase in an older edition. I liked it very much. It contains a lot of useful information laid out in a very readable fashion; however, I purchased a paperback copy. That was a big mistake! The type in the paperback edition is tiny. Reading this edition is difficult, and a lot of the impact of the creative layout is lost with the small pages. In retrospect, I would seek a larger format than the edition that measures 8.9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches.