Philosophy An illustrated history of thought

Tom Jackson, 1972-

Book - 2014

Here is the essential guide to philosophy. Philosophy: An Illustrated History of Thought is an authoritative yet fun reference book and timeline on the compilation of human knowledge. Both art and science attempt answers to the big questions -- what is truth, how to be good, and where did we come from? -- but philosophy is the interpreter we use to verify it all. We need it to make sense of the simplest math and the most esoteric poetry, and it has even created a science of information itself. We begin our journey at the boundary of myth and reason, and along the way we visit the thoughts of the most high-flying of minds who could see that nothing, not ever-changing words, limitless numbers, or mystical visions, were beyond examination. Phi...losophy contains 100 chronological articles that recount the inspirations of great thinkers including Epicurus, St. Anselm, David Hume, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Chalmers, and Nick Bostrom. Far from being the work of dead geniuses, Philosophy is today at the heart of our battle to make sense of the quantum Universe. Philosophy embraces the paradox, and we present the most mind-boggling conundrums the last 3,000 years has to offer: Includes summaries of the fields of philosophy, setting out the basics in jargon-busting and lighthearted text. The life stories behind the great philosophers give further insight to their work. Philosophy also contains a 12-page Timeline History of Philosophy.

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New York : Shelter Harbor Press 2014.
Main Author
Tom Jackson, 1972- (-)
Physical Description
144 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 140) and index.
  • Introduction
  • Aims of philosophy
  • Schools of philosophy
  • Imponderables
  • The great philosophers.
Review by Library Journal Review

This thoughtful and engagingly illustrated large-format book is popular science writer Jackson's (Mathematics: An Illustrated History of Numbers) fifth entry in the series. It chronologically presents "100 Ideas That Changed the World"-from monism and the Tao, through the "five ways," utopia, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, and Hegel's Spirit, up to philosophical zombies and "is [existence] a computer simulation?"-each summarized in a half or a whole page or a spread. Jackson rounds out the book with descriptions of the "schools" of philosophy and brief lives of the great philosophers. The included fold-out wall chart contextualizes the history of philosophy amid world events, science and invention, and culture. The chart's back adds biographies of 35 more exceptional minds that shaped the discipline. VERDICT A colorful, thought-provoking book that presents the broad sweep of philosophical topics and figures with token attention to non-Western thinkers and women in the field. While suitable for high school and above, the text is occasionally marred by inaccuracies, and some explanations will make sense only to readers already familiar with the concept described. Stephen Law's Philosophy and David Papineau's Philosophy are quality alternatives by established philosophers.-Steve Young, McHenry Cty. Coll., Crystal Lake, IL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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