Western Philosophy Made Easy
What can Western Philosophy tell us about purpose and meaning in our lives?
Charting the history of Western thought from Socrates to Sartre, from Epicureans to Existentialists, Western Philosophy Made Easy offers a short, readable historical summary of aspects of Western philosophy and key philosophers from Ancient Greece to the modern day, with the emphasis on topics of direct relevance to our own lives.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A brilliant introduction to western philosophy. If you're new to philosophy, this book gives you a quick run down of the big thinkers among European philosophers, and will help you choose whom you'd like to read more from. It doesn't go super in depth on anyone, but you can get a good feel for each based on what's shared. If you're looking for a little less on whom and more of the concepts, the second part of the book is what you're looking for. This brings in the different stances of multiple philosophers mentioned in part one to try and answer the big questions such as morality and free will. A great starter book! ~ Liliyana Shadowlyn (Reviewer) , NetGalley
An excellent and concise introduction to Western philosophy. He also introduces philosophical counselling on the basis that many people who read books on philosophy are dissatisfied with their lives. He explains the main branches of the discipline before considering key philosophers from the pre-Socratics onwards. He then moves on to consider some central issues - morality, free will, belief and consciousness...In his conclusion, the author introduces Advaita in more detail, commenting that for him, it provides the answers that Western philosophy has not. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer
Approachable - ideal for a beginner who is dipping their toe into the water of philosophy and wondering which areas might be of interest for them to explore. I for one am off to seek out Spinoza! ~ Alison Cross, NetGalley
I would consider Western Philosophy Made Easy a go-to resource when considering individual figures (Spinoza made more sense after reading this book), and for getting a wide view of many thinkers. Author Dennis Waite breaks down complex thoughts and intricate theories into chewable pieces for the reader. This book took me back to my early days of first encountering philosophy and the long, long list of names that often get peppered into academic discussions. ~ JD DeHart , NetGalley
Waite does give a good summary of the history of philosophy and covers the major players in thought throughout European history. Although only briefly covered, Waite manages to give the high points of each philosopher. The book offers a starting point for the novice and enough information for the reader to branch out on his own further reading. A good primer of Western philosophy. ~ Evil Cyclist, https://evilcyclist.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/book-review-western-philosophy-made-easy-a-personal-search-for-meaning/
Praise for Dennis Waite's best-selling title Back to the Truth: 'A profoundly astute and masterful guide to the field of Self-discovery. An authoritative scholar, Dennis writes with supreme clarity as he skilfully expounds, logically analyzes and insightfully integrates the wisdom of classical and contemporary teachers with the principles of Advaita.' ~ Katie Davis, author of Awake Living Joy: The Essence of Spiritual Enlightenment