Introductory history of Western philosophy & thought?
May 28, 2014 6:51 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a good overview of Western philosophy for beginners.
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An ongoing research project is leading me to read a lot of authors in political science, sociology and philosophy who assume an audience which is already familiar with the major thinkers and schools of thought in Western philosophy. I am not - much of my education is in business and technology - and this makes it difficult to follow much of what I am reading. I am looking for a thorough but introductory history of Western philosophy & thought - ideally a book that can be read as a narrative from the ancient Greeks to the post-modernists and also used as a reference, so that I can dip into it to find out who so-and-so was, what (s)he said and who were their major interlocutors.
This doesn't need to be basic or simplistic but a straightforward exposition and a relatively neutral presentation would be best. I'm looking for a map before I decide where I want to spend more time exploring different points of view.
Podcasts such as the one mentioned some time ago on the blue
are also good. Bonus points for suggestions that include other major cultures, but that's probably too much to expect from one book.