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For all the deep thinkers with questions about the world, this encyclopedia holds the answers you have been searching for.
What is the meaning of life? What is the universe made of? Read what our eminent philosophers thought about the nature of reality and the fundamental questions we ask ourselves.
To help you understand the subject and what it is about, The Philosophy Book introduces you to ancient philosophers like Plato and Confucius. But it doesn’t stop there -- read about our modern thinkers such as Chomsky and Derrida, too. This book has short and sweet biographies of over a hundred philosophers and their profound questions.
Work your way through the different branches of philosophy like metaphysics and ethics. Understand how philosophical questions have led to breakthroughs in math and science. Figure out how the history of philosophy informs our modern lives, exploring topics like how science can predict the future and how language shapes our thoughts and decisions.
Your Philosophical Questions Explained
If you thought philosophy was full of difficult concepts, The Philosophy Book presents the key ideas in an easy-to-follow layout. They’re explained in simple terms with visual guides like mind maps, diagrams, and timelines for the progression of ideas. Enjoy the stunning graphics that add a little wit to the serious subject.
Travel from ancient philosophers, to contemporary thinkers:
● The Ancient World 700 BGE – 250 CE
● The Medieval World 250 – 1500
● Renaissance and the Age of Reason 1500 – 1750
● The Age of Revolution 1750 – 1900
● The Modern World 1900 – 1950
● Contemporary Philosophy
The Series Simply Explained
With over 7 million copies sold worldwide to date, The Philosophy Book is part of the award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series from DK Books. It uses innovative graphics along with engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand.
"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." — Examiner.com
"The visual layout promotes browsing with illustrations, pull quotes, and simple mind maps to explain concepts quickly." — Library Journal
"Accessible guide to the great thinkers." — School Library Journal