The Squashed Philosophers
Life, unfortunately, is rather short, the little storeroom of the brain doesn't have extensible walls and the greatest of thinkers seem to be among the dullest, and the lengthiest, of writers. Which is a pity, because your Prince, whether they call themselves President or King or Prime Minister, has almost certainly read Machiavelli. Your therapist is steeped in Freud, your divines in Augustine. Lawmakers take their cues still from Paine, Rousseau and Hobbes. Science looks yet to Bacon, Copernicus and Darwin. So, here are the few most used, most quoted, the most given, sources of the West. The books that have defined the way the West thinks now, in their author's own words, but condensed and abridged into something readable. And there's more. By compressing these books to a tenth or so of their original size it becomes possible to read the whole thing as a single narrative, as the story of Western Thought, the story of how we got where we are now. The last chapter is waiting to be written.
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This book is a pretty comprehensive abstract of western philosophy. What you have is a summary of the most important works in western philosophy. Invaluable for students. Read full review
Veni vendi vinci .............we actually visited Walden and the beautiful pondwith the sparkling clear watersThe woods seemed to be alive with its history............i was fascinated to see the lilttle house which he had built so many many years ago and still lies there for all the interested students who would wish to visit..................He wrote about the vedas and the ganges,in those days so longago.....i am dumbfounded the simplicity of the great man!