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ISBN: 0826490190
Author: Derek Johnston
Language: English
Publisher: Continuum (August 9, 2006)
Pages: 224
Category: Philosophy
Subcategory: Politics
Rating: 4.1
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A Brief History Of Philosophy book. The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and A fun, concise and attractive introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject. This is the ideal book for teenagers and students coming to philosophy for the first time, or indeed for anyone who just doesn't know where to start. The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and cultural contexts.

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ok, back to Johnston's book. Each chapter, within the pages of his book, contains tidbits and facts on each influential thinker's personal life, a brief summary of at least one of their main literary works, and a breakdown of their main premises. He does this while providing definitions to important jargon within the field of philosophy continually showing the reader how they might question each philosopher's beliefs and suppositions.

The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and cultural contexts. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required to enjoy this incisive, reader-friendly introduction. This is the ideal book for general readers looking for a way into this fascinating but very often challenging subject.

The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in. .A fun, concise and attractive introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject.

item 1 A Brief History of Philosophy: From Socrates to Derrida-Derek Johnston -A Brief History of Philosophy: From Socrates to Derrida-Derek Johnston. Offering an introduction to the subject of philosophy, this book is suitable for teenagers and students coming to philosophy for the first time, and also for those who doesn't know where to start. It examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and cultural contexts.

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A fun, concise and attractive introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject. This is the ideal book for teenagers and students coming to philosophy for the first time, or indeed for anyone who just doesn't know where to start. The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and cultural contexts. Derek Johnston uses clear and accessible language to present an engaging chronological picture of the key figures, events and ideas that have shaped the history of philosophy. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required to enjoy this incisive, reader-friendly introduction. This is the ideal book for general readers looking for a way into this fascinating but very often challenging subject.

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Cogelv
Concepts not terribly well explained for a dummy type book . Term definitions repeated too often. Otherwise a decent synopsis.
Goltigor
This book is definitely geared toward the general reader. It is simple, short, organized, and accessible. After presenting a short bio of each philosopher and describing his thought, Johnston poses a few questions for the reader to ponder, interacting with the philosopher and his philosophy. It is a better book for someone with little or no exposure to philosophy than for one with previous study in the area. Overall, though, it's just not that great of an intro to philosophy, in my opinion.

So as not to leave you without recourse however, if I were suggesting an excellent basic summarization of influential western philosophers, I would point folks to The Journey of Discovery by William Lawhead. Since the 3rd edition is much cheaper than the fourth, I'll link to it, but it's only available used: The Voyage of Discovery: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy (Thomson Advantage Books). There's a link to the newer edition on that page. The only difference is that Lawhead's book is a basic textbook-- it's longer and covers many more philosophers. However, I have never encountered anyone or anything that distills robust philosophy down to a few accessible pages and makes more connections among the projects of various philosophers than does Lawhead. Even if you picked the same philosophers from Lawhead's book as Johnston covers, I think your time would be much better spent, and more enjoyably spent as well.

ok, back to Johnston's book. In response to some other reviewers' queries, I can assure you that Marx and Derrida are philosophers and influential ones at that. Yes, Marx has had immeasurable impact on economic and political theory and praxis, which most philosophers have not. However, philosophy has shaped most political thought, and political philosophy is a sub-area. Derrida is certainly a well-known literary critic, famous in what is known as "continental" (often French and German) philosophy. However, because of their far-reaching impact throughout philosophy, both of these men are fine contributions to this book given its scope and purpose.

I'm actually a bit more surprised he chose to include Spinoza, but it's probably due to the unique though of Spinoza and Johnston's attempt at diversity. And of course Hegel is noticeably absent, but he inspired Marx's thought, and perhaps Johnston discusses Hegel some in the chapter on Marx. I don't recall specifically at this point. If Johnston delved more into 20th century philosophy, he would probably begin to include women, but given the history of western philosophy, women are not featured previous to the 20th century. And this very clearly is a history of western philosophy -- perhaps that would have been a more appropriate title.
Buge
Each chapter, within the pages of his book, contains tidbits and facts on each influential thinker's personal life, a brief summary of at least one of their main literary works, and a breakdown of their main premises. He does this while providing definitions to important jargon within the field of philosophy continually showing the reader how they might question each philosopher's beliefs and suppositions.

I, personally, found this book helpful and even eye opening in some places. For instance, I had always believed that Epicurus's hedonism was only living for pleasure, but Johnston clarifies that the philosophy was to also avoid pain. One example given was that drinking to excess was to be avoided as the resulting pain of a hangover would be antithetical to hedonistic beliefs. Additionally, I have always avoided the writings of Nietzsche and Marx as I was told that they were evil people and the cause of the Nazi regime and Russian Communism. Whether or not this is true, Johnston did well at putting their philosophies/beliefs within the framework of their lives in such a way that I was compelled to go and read some of their works.

Overall, this book was concise and enjoyable; however, I found myself argumentative towards the author's minute undertones of religious bias.

This is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to find out whether or not they would be interested in Western Philosophy.
Ice_One_Guys
This history of Philosophy presents the basic ideas of a number of major philosophers in a very clear and simple way. The feeling is that the book is for the General Reader who wants some basic conception of Philosophy.

Clarity of course can be misleading, and the complexity of thought of most of the thinkers presented is not encompassed here.

While most of the Philosophers presented are truly in the main tradition of Western Philosophy there are some whose place there I would strongly question. Marx is a social thinker , and Derrida a Literary Critic as I understand their work.

However the main point is that it is certainly possible to learn from this work basic conceptions of major philosophers.
Abandoned Electrical
Good introduction. It is a complex topic and sometimes not clear. I will follow the author last sentence: the quest continues.

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