The Philosophy Book

The Philosophy Book
(Big Ideas Simply Explained)

To the complete novice, learning about philosophy can be a cause for dread-“I won’t understand” is a common reaction to the mere mention of the subject, which is often assumed to be too complex and confusing for the average reader.

DK’s The Philosophy Book will show that philosophy doesn’t have to be a daunting subject. With the use of easy-to-follow graphics and artworks, succinct quotations, and thoroughly accessible text, this book cuts through the haze of misunderstanding surrounding the subject, untangling knotty theories and shedding light on abstract concepts.

The book is organized as a history of philosophy. Each idea-and the philosopher who first voiced it-is placed chronologically, and is cross-referenced to earlier and later ideas.

The Ideas (336PP)
Siddhartha Gautama
Thales: “Know Thyself”
Lao Tzu: “The Tao That Can Be Told Is Not The Eternal Tao”
Protagoras: “Man Is The Measure Of All Things”
Zeno of Elea
Plato: “Everything Is Becoming, Nothing Is”
Zeno of Citium: “Happiness Is A Good Flow Of Life”
Han Feizi
Augustine: “There Is No Salvation Outside The Church”
Thomas Aquinas
William of Ockham
Niccolò Machiavelli: “Reprehensible Actions May Be Justified By Their Effects”
Francisco de Vitoria
Francisco Suárez
Francis Bacon
Thomas Hobbes
René Descartes: “I Think, Therefore I Am”
Benedictus Spinoza
John Locke
Gottfried Leibniz
George Berkeley
David Hume: “Reason Is The Slave Of The Passions”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Immanuel Kant
Edmund Burke
Jeremy Bentham: “Every Law Is Contrary To Liberty”
Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: “Only In The State Does Man Have A Rational Existence”
Arthur Schopenhauer
Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling
Auguste Comte
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Every Natural Fact Is A Symbol Of Some Spiritual Fact”
Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach
John Stuart Mill
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
Karl Marx: “From Each According To His Ability, To Each According To His Need”
Charles Sanders Peirce
William James
Friedrich Nietzsche: “Man Is Something To Be Surpassed”
Gottlob Frege
Edmund Husserl
Henri Bergson
Nishido Katara
Bertrand Russell
José Ortega y Gasset
Ludwig Wittgenstein: “The Limits Of My Language Are The Limits Of My World”
Martin Heidegger
Rudolf Carnap
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Gilbert Ryle
Karl Popper
Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno
Jean-Paul Sartre: “Man Is Condemned To Be Free”
Willard Van Orman Quine
Arne Dekke Eide Naess
John Rawls
Thomas Samuel Kuhn
Michel Foucault
Noam Chomsky: “Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously”
Jurgen Habermas
Jacques Derrida: “There Is Nothing Outside Of The Text”
Richard Rorty
Saul Kripke