Durant’s 1926 Book

The Story of Philosophy
by Will Durant

The Story of Philosophy: the Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers is a book by Will Durant that profiles several prominent Western philosophers and their ideas, beginning with Plato and on through Friedrich Nietzsche. Durant attempts to show the interconnection of their ideas and how one philosopher’s ideas informed the next. There are nine chapters each focused on one philosopher, and two more chapters each containing briefer profiles of three early 20th century philosophers.

CONTENTS

EDITORS PREFACE

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

INTRODUCTION: On the Uses of Philosophy

CHAPTER ONE: Plato

CHAPTER TWO: Aristotle and Greek Science

CHAPTER THREE: Francis Bacon

CHAPTER FOUR: Spinoza

CHAPTER FIVE: Voltaire and the French Enlightenment

CHAPTER SIX: Immanuel Kant and German idealism

  1. Roads to Kant
  2. Kant Himself
  3. The Critique of Pure Reason
  4. The Critique: Transcendental Esthetic
  5. The Critique: Transcendental Analytic
  6. The Critique: Transcendental Dialectic
  7. The Critique of Practical Reason
  8. On Religion and Reason
  9. On Politics and Eternal Peace
  10. Criticism and Estimate
  11. A Note on Hegel

CHAPTER SEVEN: Schopenhauer

CHAPTER EIGHT: Herbert Spencer

CHAPTER NINE: Friedrich Nietzsche

CHAPTER TEN: Contemporary European Philosophers

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Contemporary American Philosophers

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