Will Durant is adept at explaining the major themes, virtues, and faults of history’s great philosophers. He also puts their ideas in great context to what history has seen (and used from philosophy) and where it is in the present context (at least until the late 50s, when this book was last issued, with updates.
Oddly enough, of the three greatest ancient Greek philosophers — Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle — one of them wasn’t Greek, and two of them advocated benevolent dictatorships or communism, BUT NOT DEMOCRACY. Rule by the mob mentality was about the most insane thing Plato and Aristotle could imagine.
february 20, 2013
“Logic means the art and method of correct thinking. […] Nothing is so dull as logic, and nothing so important.”
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; ‘these virtues are formed in the man by his doing the actions’; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
– Will Durant, “The Story of Philosophy”
The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.