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The dream of reason : a history of Western philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

Author: Anthony Gottlieb
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, the Penguin Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Dream of Reason illustrates how the story of philosophy is more the history of a sharply inquisitive cast of mind than of a sharply defined discipline. We engage immediately with both the personalities and the arguments of every major philosopher from Ancient Greece to the birth of modern philosophy in the seventeenth century; the modern era will be addressed in a second volume.
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Genre/Form: History
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Gottlieb, Anthony.
Dream of reason.
London : Allen Lane, the Penguin Press, 2000
(OCoLC)609216374
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Gottlieb
ISBN: 0713991437 9780713991437
OCLC Number: 45407190
Description: ix, 468 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Anthony Gottlieb.

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"The Dream of Reason illustrates how the story of philosophy is more the history of a sharply inquisitive cast of mind than of a sharply defined discipline. We engage immediately with both the personalities and the arguments of every major philosopher from Ancient Greece to the birth of modern philosophy in the seventeenth century; the modern era will be addressed in a second volume.

Among a large cast of curious individuals, we encounter Thales, perhaps the first philosopher, certainly the first of a long line of absent-minded professors; Empedocles, who in the fourth century BC invented a theory of matter which convinced nearly everybody until the Renaissance, despite the fact that Empedocles believed himself to be a reincarnated bush; Anaxagoras, who was convicted of impiety for believing that the heavenly bodies were not gods to be worshipped but red-hot rocks to be avoided; Diogenes, the cynic who lived in an earthenware tub; and Epicurus, no bon viveur, but a philosopher devoted to the simple life."--Jacket.

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