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From Confucius and Plato to Karl Marx and Noam Chomsky, this book brings together more than 100 illustrated biographies of the world’s great philosophers.
Introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured philosopher, the biographies trace the ideas, friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired the great thinkers and influenced their work, providing revealing insights into what drove them to question the meaning of life and come up with new ways of understanding the world and the history of ideas.
Lavishly illustrated with photographs and paintings of philosophers, their homes, friends, studies, and their personal belongings, together with pages from original manuscripts, first editions, and correspondence, this book introduces the key ideas, themes, and working methods of each featured individual, setting their ideas within a wider historical and cultural context. Charting the development of ideas across the centuries in both the East and West, from ancient Chinese philosophy to the work of contemporary thinkers, Philosophers provides a compelling glimpse into the personal lives, loves, and influences of the great philosophers as they probed into life’s big ideas.
The only illustrated account of the lives and work of the world’s greatest philosophers, from ancient times to the present day.
Features more than 100 individual profiles of the great philosophers.
Includes a stunning full-page portrait or photograph that captures the personality of each featured thinker.
Lavishly illustrated with pages from notebooks, original manuscripts, and first editions, as well as images of philosophers’ homes, where they worked, and their personal belongings.
Explains what influenced each philosopher, and how they went on to influence others.
Traces the evolution of philosophical thought across the centuries, from Confucianism through Marxism, existentialism, and contemporary thought.
Directories at the end of each chapter feature short biographies of other great thinkers, enabling easy adaptation for international markets.
Also available in a larger 11 x 10¾ in (301 x 252 mm) format*.
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“Philosophers stands out, making it an excellent choice for middle- and high-school students, general readers, and even those looking for a thoughtful coffee-table book.” —Booklist Online (Starred Review)