Words of Wisdom brings together 360 of Philosophy's most famous quotations, explaining their meaning and telling the stories behind them.
Western philosophy may be said to have begun in ancient Greece, where, inscribed in his temple at Delphi, the words of the god Apollo commanded those who sought wisdom to first 'know thyself'. With the author's usual humour and clarity of style, the whole 2,500 year history of philosophy is laid bare. Each quote is set in the context of its cultural background, author biography and general outlook; trends are highlighted, links established, and influences traced, all in a way that is entertaining, thought-provoking, and even fun.
Words of Wisdom is the perfect book for those who always wanted to ask what philosophy was about, but were afraid they might not understand the answer.
Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer and the curator of philosophyonline.com. His writing credits include Words of Wisdom, A Beginner's Guide to Descartes's Meditations; A Beginner's Guide to Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil; and Philosophy: Key Texts with Julian Baggini.