LIST OF BOOKS

Universities using this book:
  • Harvard University
  • Oxford University
  • Moscow State University
A Brief History of Philosophy from Socrates to Derrida
  • Author: Derek Johnston 
  • ISBN-10: 0826490204
  • ISBN-13: 9780826490209
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Year: 2011                              
  • Number of pages: 224
  • First published:2006

About the author:

Derek Johnston is a retired teacher. He was Vice-Principal of Midleton College, Co Cork, Ireland, where he taught for over 30 years.

Overview:

A fun, concise and attractive introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject. This is the ideal book for teenagers and students coming to philosophy for the first time, or indeed for anyone who just doesn't know where to start.

The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and cultural contexts. Derek Johnston uses clear and accessible language to present an engaging chronological picture of the key figures, events and ideas that have shaped the history of philosophy.

No prior knowledge of philosophy is required to enjoy this incisive, reader-friendly introduction. This is the ideal book for general readers looking for a way into this fascinating but very often challenging subject.