Story of Philosophy

ISBN-10: 067120159X

ISBN-13: 9780671201593

Edition: 1967

Authors: Will Durant

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1967
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/30/1967
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

American historian and essayist Will Durant was born in North Adams, Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate degree at St. Peter's College in New Jersey and went on to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1917 from Columbia University. While teaching at the libertarian Ferrer Modern School in New York, he had as a pupil a young woman named Ada Kaufman, whom he later called Ariel. She became his wife---and his coauthor. In 1917 Durant published his first work, his doctoral dissertation, Philosophy and the Social Problem . In 1926 he published another work, The Story of Philosophy. The following year, he began writing the comprehensive history of civilization on which he was to spend much of the next 30 years of his life, the massive Story of Civilization. By the time the seventh volume was published in 1961, Ariel Durant's diligent assistance on the project had earned her title-page recognition as coauthor. The Durants made several world tours to visit the countries they treated in their history and received countless honorary degrees. In 1968 they received the Pulitzer Prize for Rousseau and Revolution, the tenth and final volume of their story. Explaining why they stopped at this point in history, they wrote: "We find ourselves exhausted on reaching the French Revolution. We know that this event did not end history, but it ends us." The Durants brought popular history to the intelligent lay reader, a fact that Orville Prescott noted:"To introduce and to popularize is not less worthy an enterprise than to unearth some hitherto unknown facts or to present some new and controversial theory. Many professional historians believe that it is, and some have looked down their noses at the Durants. The truth is that the art of history includes both kinds of writing and needs both. The scholar who delves into obscure archives is essential; without him ignorance would prevail. But the writer who can make history available to the general reader is necessary too."

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: On the Uses of Philosophy
The Context of Plato
The Preparation of Plato
The Ethical Problem
The Political Problem
The Psychological Problem
The Psychological Solution
The Political Solution
The Ethical Solution
Aristotle and Greek Science
The Historical Background
The Work of Aristotle
The Foundation of Logic
The Organization of Science
Greek Science before Aristotle
Aristotle as a Naturalist
The Foundation of Biology
Metaphysics and the Nature of God
Psychology and the Nature of Art
Ethics and the Nature of Happiness
Communism and Conservatism
Marriage and Education
Democracy and Aristocracy
Later Life and Death
Francis Bacon
From Aristotle to the Renaissance
The Political Career of Francis Bacon
The Essays
The Great Reconstruction
The Advancement of Learning
The New Organon
The Utopia of Science
Historical and Biographical
The Odyssey of the Jews
The Education of Spinoza
Retirement and Death
The Treatise on Religion and the State
The Improvement of the Intellect
The Ethics
Nature and God
Matter and Mind
Intelligence and Morals
Religion and Immortality
The Political Treatise
The Influence of Spinoza
Voltaire and the French Enlightenment
London: Letters on the English
Cirey: The Romances
Potsdam and Frederick
Les D�lices: TheEssay on Morals
The Encyclopedia and the Philosophic Dictionary
Ecrasez l'Infame
Voltaire and Rousseau
Mmanuel Kant and German Idealism
Roads to Kant
From Voltaire to Kant
From Locke to Kant
From Rousseau to Kant
Kant Himself
The Critique of Pure Reason
Transcendental Esthetic
Transcendental Analytic
Transcendental Dialectic
The Critique of Practical Reason
On Religion and Reason
On Politics and Eternal Peace
Criticism and Estimate
A Note on Hegel
The Age
The Man
The World as Idea
The World as Will
The Will to Live
The Will to Reproduce
The World as Evil
The Wisdom of Life
The Wisdom of Death
Herbert Spencer
Comte and Darwin
The Development of Spencer
First Principles
The Unknowable
Biology: The Evolution of Life
Psychology: The Evolution of Mind
Sociology: The Evolution of Society
Ethics: The Evolution of Morals
First Principles
Biology and Psychology
Sociology and Ethics
Friedrich Nietzsche
The Lineage of Nietzsche
Nietzsche and Wagner
The Song of Zarathustra
The Superman
Contemporary European Philosophers
The Revolt Against Materialism
Mind and Brain
Creative Evolution
Benedetto Croce
The Man
The Philosophy of the Spirit
What Is Beauty?
Bertrand Russell
The Logician
The Reformer
Contemporary American Philosophers
George Santayana
Scepticism and Animal Faith
Reason in Science
Reason in Religion
Reason in Society
William James
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