The Dream of Reason

  • by Anthony Gottlieb
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. From the pre-Socratic philosophers through the celebrated days of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, up to Renaissance visionaries like Erasmus and Bacon, 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 have repeatedly been 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 for understanding. After finishing The Dream of Reason, listeners will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life.


What the Critics Say

"This eloquent book offers a lively chronicle of the evolution of Western philosophy." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Gottlieb] writes with fluency and lucidity, with a gift for making even difficult matters seem comprehensible." (The New York Times)


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This book is written so deftly, and with such a wry wit, that it elevates what could have been a very dry overview into one of the most engaging audiobooks I've ever listened to. This is due in no small part to the narrator, whose british phrasings capture the rhythms of the text in an extremely pleasurable way.
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- Matthew

The best in reading!

If you enjoy the art of thinking along with, (OR SLIGHTLY BEHIND).. the best of history's western thinkers,.. THINK SMART, and read, then re-read, and..once again re-re-read this wonderful and epic undertaking!! (starting) Today!

If, on the other hand,.. your brain is lazy, and you like being, or at least remaining a mental so-so-O-so, instead of risking that ever so small chance of become a little more of a gray-matter extreeeem Virtuoso...go ahead,..skip this book at your own loss!
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2003
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.