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History of Philosophy, The Hardcover – 20 Jun 2019


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Updating Bertrand Russell for the 21st century . . . a cerebrally enjoyable survey, written with great clarity and touches of wit . . . The non-western section throws up some fascinating revelations (Sunday Times)

Grayling has written a masterful and often entertaining chronicle of the epic intellectual journey we humans have taken, in different periods, countries and cultures, to understand ourselves, our world, and how we ought to live. An extraordinary accomplishment that transcends the usual bounds of academic specialization (Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University)

He's more historically-minded than Russell, less dogmatic than Dawkins and less in thrall to the charms of his own fluency than Hitchens (Prospect on The Challenge of Things)

Undeniably thought-provoking (The Sunday Times on The God Argument)

Grayling is particularly good at illuminating the knottiness of moral discourse (Sunday Times on The Challenge of Things)

Lucid, informative and admirably accessible (New Statesman on The God Argument)

Grayling writes with clarity, elegance and the occasional aphoristic twist (Daily Telegraph on The Challenge of Things)

Five minutes with any passage will have you contemplating all day (Independent on The Good Book)

I find the clarity of his thinking so refreshing (Pam Ferris on The Meaning of Things)

If there is any such person in Britain as The Thinking Man, it is A. C. Grayling (The Times)

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The first truly authoritative and accessible history of philosophy to cover both Western and Eastern traditions.

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