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on August 16, 2014
Clearly the product of considerable efforts, this book superbly succeeds in attractively presenting major philosophers and their chief ideas in chronological order from Antiquity to the 21st century.
One to six pages are devoted to each philosopher. In addition to a short but significant essay, each of these sections includes:
• a ‘context’ box pointing out the applicable philosophical branch and approach as well as main predecessors and followers;
• a short biography;
• a list of key works;
• references to linked thinkers discussed elsewhere in the book;
• short quotations in bold script.
The colourful and lively lay-out is fully worthy of current technological possibilities. Illustrations are abundant: cartoons, diagrams, photos of paintings or of philosophers’ portraits, etc.
The book also includes timelines, a glossary, an index and a ‘directory’ of noteworthy truth-seekers who are not covered in individual sections.
This work is warmly recommended to all: those familiar with philosophy will benefit from a unique synthesis and others will be stimulated to further their exploration of the topic.