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Exactly the type of book I was looking for. A broad overview, to the point and informative.
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What did you love best about A Little History of Philosophy?
This was a very interesting overview of major philosophers from Socrates to the present time. Just the right level for me. I had studided briefly some philosophy in college, but forgotten most of it, and wanted an overview the major people and ideas.
This was perfect and the reading was excellent.
32 of 33 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up A Little History of Philosophy in three words, what would they be?
Engaging, thought-provoking and concise.
What did you like best about this story?
I've heard nearly all of the their names, but really I never had a clear concept of the ideas of the major western philosophers, until I listened to this book. In a remarkably easy-to-listen-to style, the author presents a neat, somewhat superficial but pithy summary of arguably the 40 most important and influential western philosophers in modern history. From Socrates and Plato through to Peter Singer, he introduces the person, his key ideas and contributions to thought, and how others received his or her ideas.I know more now than I did before, and have enjoyed listening to this book so much I'm going to listen to it again.
Have you listened to any of Kris Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Haven't listened to any of Kris's other performances. I thought he had some slightly unusual pronunciation - a long 'a' in "Isaac" and two equally-emphasized syllables in "at-om" jarred slightly for me, but he is a clear, warm-voiced reader and I would happily listen to more.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me thirsty for more of the same - and I wonder if there is a similarly concise, masterly overview of eastern philosophy available in a similar format?
Any additional comments?
Highly recommended - accessible, interesting, and thought provoking stuff, which makes me realise a lot of the moral or intellectual questions which we all ponder from time to time are well-rehearsed, categorised, and have been thoroughly explored by philosophers who - for the most part - have something to say on the subjects which merits a bit of our attention. Five stars.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
Loved it. Not too heavy going for the person in the street (me). The author also does the excellent philosophy bites podcast. Recommended.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
I have never read anything on philosophy. I found this very interesting and thought provoking
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
this is an ideal book if you want to go through big names of philosophy in 7 hours.