The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

Anthony Gottlieb / Aug 25, 2019

The Dream of Reason A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance Already a classic this landmark study of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages This landmark study of Western thought takes a fresh look at the

  • Title: The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance
  • Author: Anthony Gottlieb
  • ISBN: 9780393352986
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Already a classic, this landmark study of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages This landmark study of Western thought takes a fresh look at the writings of the great thinkers of classic philosophy and questions many pieces of conventional wisdom The book invites comparison with Bertrand Russell s monumental HistoryAlready a classic, this landmark study of early Western thought now appears in a new edition with expanded coverage of the Middle Ages This landmark study of Western thought takes a fresh look at the writings of the great thinkers of classic philosophy and questions many pieces of conventional wisdom The book invites comparison with Bertrand Russell s monumental History of Western Philosophy, but Gottlieb s book is less idiosyncratic and based on recent scholarship Colin McGinn, Los Angeles Times A New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Best Book, and a Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2001.

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        Anthony Gottlieb is a British writer, former Executive Editor of The Economist, historian of ideas, and the author of The Dream of Reason He was educated at Cambridge University and has held visiting fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, and Harvard University He has taught at the CUNY Graduate Center and the New School in New York, and been a visiting scholar at New York University and fellow at the Cullman Centre for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library He is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the series editor of The Routledge Guides to the Great Books.


    1. كتاب حلم العقل هو واحد من أمتع ما يمكن أن تقرأ عن تاريخ الفلسفة، كتبه أنتوني جوتليب ونشره في الثلاثين من ديسمبر عام (2000). للكتاب جزء ثاني نُشر في أغسطس 2016 ولم يترجم إلى الآن. رحلة مذهلة ومدهشة في عوالم مختلفة بأفكار مختلفة أنا أؤمن بأن الفلسفة تبني فكر الإنسان وتجعله أكثر تقبلً [...]

    2. رویای خرد نوشته ی آنتونی گاتلیب را نشر ققنوس در سال 1384 با ترجمه ی لی لا سازگار روانه بازار کرد که به تاریخ فلسفه ی غرب از پیش سقراطیان تا رنسانس می پردازد. آنچه که کتاب را از نوشته های همانند متمایز میکند پدیدآورنده ی آن است،برخلاف دیگر کتاب های تاریخ فلسفه این اثر توسط یک فیلسو [...]

    3. اليوم انتهيت أخيراً من قراءة هذا الكتاب الملحمى :-)يتجول بنا " أنتونى جوتليب " فى رحلة طويلة عن تاريخ الفلسفة ، منذ عصر اليونان متمهلاً عند الثلاثة الكبار: سقرا ط - أفلاطون - أرسطو ثم مسرعاً عند المدارس: الأبيقورية ، الرواقية ، الشكوكية واختتم بجولة سريعة على من ظهروا من فلاسفة [...]

    4. For some reason I’ve always felt essentially uneducated because I didn’t have a “classical education”. I didn’t learn Latin or Greek (though I worked a fair way through a Teach Yourself Latin book once when I was reading Ulysses and felt my lack most particularly). I never studied Greek or Roman history either after high school. My interests tended to be contemporary and American. I also only remember taking one philosophy class and it was not very memorable. I’ve read some Plato and [...]

    5. One can learn Philosophy best of all by going to the primary sources themselves and studying them, but by doing it that way the student losses the context and the relationship between the different schools of thought and how a school of thought relates to the others of its time period and how it is relevant today. The author, a journalist, does that connecting for the reader by analyzing what each school of thought says and how it connects giving the reader the modern perspective the school requ [...]

    6. I am absolutely floored that people did not give this book five stars. I was so impressed that now that I am done with the book I am planning on turning right around to read it immediately again. Absolutely a new favorite. I have studied the more ancient philosophers very heavily and have never read such beautiful correlations between great minds as put forth by Gottlieb. Extremely simple and very elegant. This is exactly what I was looking for to solidify time periods and thinkers together. I d [...]

    7. I will confess to having a degree in Philosophy, which, from a practical stand point, may seem kind of pointless. My father certainly thought so when I was in college. 'What are you going to do with that?' he would say. 'There's no jobs in it.' His degree was in accounting and he worked as an auditor. He knew about money. And because he did, I didn't feel I needed to. That was back when I was young and not especially aware of the need to actually earn an income of my own some day. My insufferabl [...]

    8. Executive editor of The Economist and a student of philosophy, Gottlieb recently published a sequel to this work. I thought I would read his first book before turning (possibly) to his second.Gottlieb is clearly knowledgeable about his subject, and in this work he attempts to cover a vast period of time even as he admits that what philosophy is has varied throughout history. Predictably he begins with the Pre-Socratics and, if he gives somewhat short shrift to those thinkers and writers of the M [...]

    9. This is an enjoyable and thorough overview of Western Philosophy from its origins in Greek Asia Minor up through the 16th century. Gottlieb has dug in and his deep understanding of the schools of thought and their intricate relationships makes this the ideal book to get the timelines straight without just skimming the surface. I can't decide if his humor (which I like) detracts a little from the grandeur of the subject or makes what could be an overwhelming trudge much lighter. I think I just de [...]

    10. so my man Harjan Singh at the BK lounge on Manor Park Rd be all lyk "Lookie here paji: I'm not saying that Aristotelean syllogism necessitates the interminable pretzels of dem analyticz, but all Whopperz be teh cholesterol; all Harjan Singhz be da Whopperz; ergo all Harjan Singhz be the cholesterol. Yar wut u eat, boiiieeee." Indeed, the man had a point, spumey froth of mustard oozing from his lips, and who was I to argue the niceties of Medieval theologians, pan-seared or otherwise? Lamentably, [...]

    11. I was not very enthusiastic about this book to start with; I agreed with some of the reviews that there was a lot of interpretation from the author. However, a few chapters into the book, I started to find this a strength. It certainly is not a history book like the Copleston-series (or even Russell), but it provides much more context. Some parts were very well written. To name just a few: Plato on democracy; Aristotle’s logic, Epicurism. The book could use a better editor, as there are some s [...]

    12. It took me a while to finish, but it was definitely worth the read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn/read something about philosophy, but doesn't know where to begin. It is a difficult read because of its subject, not its writer. Gottlieb writes about philosophy as if it is a story, offers interesting and funny comments, and repeats himself to make the content of his writing more accessible. I have never enjoyed reading scholarly writing this much.

    13. Gottlieb’s focus is on the ancient Greeks who laid out the main themes found in Western philosophy, including whether ultimate reality is something that transcends the natural world. The Milesians (Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes) first articulated the materialist side of this debate by dispensing with supernatural explanations and looking for the “natural causes of things.” Parmenides and Pythagoras provided an alternative reality, a world of eternal oneness that superseded the world of s [...]

    14. This book is similar to Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy, however I think this one does justice to Aristotle. It finishes just before René Descartes. The author has promised another volume that covers the later philophers.Recommended.

    15. He makes some shallow and, I think, unnecessary criticisms of religion throughout the book, even when it seems like a side track. For example, the implication that Milesian philosophers are somehow more rational for trying to explain things via naturalism seems absurd. Why should the reader think a naturalistic explanation is more rational than an agential one? This criticism seems more poignant since the Milesian theories often seem even more absurd than some of the agential theories they would [...]

    16. في البداية كنت لا استطيع تمييز قلم الكاتب بين كم النقولات الهائلة التي ينقله , كان كثيرا ما يُسهب في بعض التفاصيل بشكل ممل على الأقل بالنسبة لي أنا .لكن المتعة الحقيقية تبدأ بعد فصل سقراط , متعة حقيقية جعلتني أغفر له ما مضى من ملل , فهمت الكثير من الأمور التي كانت غائبة عن الحضو [...]

    17. This three-star review is the product of my completist tendencies. The book I really wanted to read is the sequel, Gottlieb's The Dream of Enlightenment, and I should have just started there. Gottlieb is a former journalist, and I love his writing: entertaining and to-the-point and frequently points out nonsense. But the book spends so much time on pre-Socratic philosophers—those very ancient Greeks who were just making shit up with no discipline—and I don't care about them AT ALL. The rest [...]

    18. روياي خرد تاريخ فلسفه غرب از يونان باستان تا رنسانسكتاب از ميلتوسي ها شروع مي كنداز فيثاغورسيانن هماهنگي عالم و هراكليتوس و پارمنيدس و زنون و امپدوكلس و آنا كساگوراس و دموكريتوس و سوفسطاييان و سقراط و افلاطون وو ارسطو ادامه مي دهد اما هيچ كس بدرستي نميداند فلسفه را چه كسي آغا [...]

    19. With the central part of the painting The School of Athens in the middle of the front cover I thought I am going back to school.This book provides a history of Western philosophy from the early Greeks through the Renaissance. It begins with the early Greek philosophers before Socrates. These include Thales (the first), Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Zeno, Empedocles, and Democritus. There is a chapter on the Sophists who both proceeded Socrates and were active during his life time. Next com [...]

    20. The focus of the book is mainly on the Greek Philosophers of Antiquity especially the trifecta of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. We get the pre-Socratics and Stoics, Empiricists, Skeptics, Cynics, Epicureans and other Gurus of the later Greco-Roman period. We get a short bit on late antiquity and the theocratic closing of the Western mind as it turned inward to Christian Salvation as the Roman empire fell apart. Little on Medieval philosophers and a Coda on the Renaissance which brought back th [...]

    21. 3.5ترجمة محمد طلبة نصار جميلة جدا جداوكأنه كُتب باللغة العربيةحلم العقلكتاب عن الفلسفة (ام العلوم) والفلاسفة ماقبل عصر سقراط وحتى عصر النهضة بترتيب زمني وبشكل مفصل. حيث يعرض الكاتب (أنتونى جوتليب) افكارهم ونظرياتهم في الفلسفة مع ذكر رأيه فيها.في هذا الكتاب سـ تغوص في عوالم ال [...]

    22. حلم العقل (تاريخ الفلسفة من عصر اليونان إلي عصر النهضة)أنتوني جوتليبانتهيت الآن من قراءة هذا الكتاب، وفي الحقيقة كنت قد أجلت قراءته لأكثر من مرة؛ نظرا لحاجة الفلسفة إلي فراغ لزمن طويل، ليس فراغ الوقت فقط، بل فراغ الذهن من المشاغل والمشاكل أيضا، وهي حالة قلما تتحقق.ولما انتهي [...]

    23. This is a readable, popular history of the early stages of philosophy (from the Greeks through the middle ages), written not by a philosopher but by a journalist. It begins with a crisp chapter on each of the major Greek philosophers up through the giants Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Then, however, the structure shifts to longer and more diffuse chapters: on the Hellenistic philosophies, on the seeming hibernation of philosophy during the middle ages, and on its stirrings at the start of the [...]

    24. Now I have to say out of the gate, that I have read several histories of philosophy. I wanted to read one recently published as a kind of refresher. So in Gottlieb's defense, my rating of his book of only three stars is in comparison to Gordon Clark, Copplestone, Durant, and Bertrand Russel. So, I'd say he faired pretty good. Had this been my first book on the history of philosophy, I probably would have rated it higher.This is a brief (in comparison to Coplestone, ok?) history of philosophy by [...]

    25. Gottlieb gives a pretty good overview of Western philosophy beginning with the Greeks. He's a very clear writer and effectively summarizes the main ideas of the primary philosophers. The strength of the book is his description of Greek philosophy. He ties their main ideas together in brilliant ways, revealing that he has actually read their writings and is not just regurgitating other people who have read them. He traces the development of philosophy beyond the Greeks and shows the dependence of [...]

    26. It's hard to cover thousands of years of early philosophy in a light hearted way. Nonetheless, this author has a sense of humor and a light touch and generally covers a dense and complex series of topics in a way that is accessible to the non-academic. The introduction is actually quite humorous and many of the perspectives on the early philosophers were new and enlightening for me. For example the author does not blame the influence of the church (as many do) for the intellectual waste land of [...]

    27. It bills itself as an updated version of Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy" and that seems to be somewhat accurate, in both good and bad ways. First, the good: the book is well-written, the material Gottlieb covers is well-chosen, and he manages to give a coherent view of the "big picture" that can easily get lost in more "scholarly" histories. The bad: Gottlieb (like Russell, though to much lesser extent) sometimes seems to overstate thinkers' mistakes, perhaps in an effort to s [...]

    28. I just finished re-reading this book, and I'm glad I did, which is perhaps about as high a compliment as can be paid, considering the infinite number of other books there are to read. I think Gottlieb is at his best with the pre-Socratics, and is also very good with Socrates (whom he considers apart from Plato), Plato, and Aristotle. The back third of the book was in my opinion marred by a few too many potshots at medieval Christianity. I wish Gottlieb had tried to climb inside the mind of St. T [...]

    29. Gottlieb has managed to express in clear comprehenible language the evolution of western ideas and philosophy through the Renaissance. -- My one quibble is how easily he dismisses the human religious impulse. He does a fine job of explaining the impact of religion on philosophical thought, the way the church in the middle ages tried to bend philosophy to suit its needs, and how ideology of all sorts interferes with the quest for understanding. But besides all this, which is good, I felt frustrat [...]

    30. Gottlieb provides an excellent review of early Western philosophy, beginning with the early Greeks up to the early modern period (which he delves into in his second excellent volume). For the most part, the sketches and descriptions are brief and provide something if an appetizer for more in-depth study. But Gottlieb's more thorough treatments of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle gave me more insight into those famous men than I'd read elsewhere. Gottlieb's easy style, often poignant and occasionall [...]

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