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The Story of Philosophy:The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

  • 作者 William James Durant(威廉·杰姆斯·杜兰特) 著
  • 出版社 Simon & Schuster
  • 出版时间 1991年1月 第0002版
  • ISBN 9780671739164
  • 定价 76.80

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Dr.Durant'soutlineincludesnotonlylucidexplanationsofthegreatphilosophies,butthecareersofthephilosophersandinterpretationsbaseduponthetwo-foldview,togetherwithahostofgoodtalesandmerryquipsbyandaboutfamousscholarsfromSocratestoProfessorJohnDewey.

作者简介

AmericanhistorianandessayistWillDurantwasborninNorthAdams,Massachusetts.HeearnedhisundergraduatedegreeatSt.Peter'sCollegeinNewJerseyandwentontoearnaPh.D.inphilosophyin1917fromColumbiaUniversity.WhileteachingatthelibertarianFerrerModernSchoolinNewYork,hehadasapupilayoungwomannamedAdaKaufman,whomhelatercalledAriel.Shebecamehiswife---andhiscoauthor.In1917Durantpublishedhisfirstwork,hisdoctoraldissertation,PhilosophyandtheSocialProblem.In1926hepublishedanotherwork,TheStoryofPhilosophy.Thefollowingyear,hebeganwritingthecomprehensivehistoryofcivilizationonwhichhewastospendmuchofthenext30yearsofhislife,themassiveStoryofCivilization.Bythetimetheseventhvolumewaspublishedin1961,ArielDurant'sdiligentassistanceontheprojecthadearnedhertitle-pagerecognitionascoauthor.TheDurantsmadeseveralworldtourstovisitthecountriestheytreatedintheirhistoryandreceivedcountlesshonorarydegrees.In1968theyreceivedthePulitzerPrizeforRousseauandRevolution,thetenthandfinalvolumeoftheirstory.Explainingwhytheystoppedatthispointinhistory,theywrote:"WefindourselvesexhaustedonreachingtheFrenchRevolution.Weknowthatthiseventdidnotendhistory,butitendsus."TheDurantsbroughtpopularhistorytotheintelligentlayreader,afactthatOrvillePrescottnoted:"Tointroduceandtopopularizeisnotlessworthyanenterprisethantounearthsomehithertounknownfactsortopresentsomenewandcontroversialtheory.Manyprofessionalhistoriansbelievethatitis,andsomehavelookeddowntheirnosesattheDurants.Thetruthisthattheartofhistoryincludesbothkindsofwritingandneedsboth.Thescholarwhodelvesintoobscurearchivesisessential;withouthimignorancewouldprevail.Butthewriterwhocanmakehistoryavailabletothegeneralreaderisnecessarytoo.

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