The Great Thinkers is a collection of some of the most important ideas of Eastern and Western culture - drawn from the works of those philosophers, political theorists, sociologists, artists and novelists whom we believe have the most to offer to us today. We've worked hard to make the thinkers in this book clear, relevant and charming, mining the history of knowledge to bring you the ideas we think have the greatest importance to our times. This 480-page book contains the canon of The School of Life, the gallery of individuals across the millenia who help to frame our intellectual project - and we have succeeded if, in the days and years ahead, you find yourself turning to our thinkers to illuminate the multiple dilemmas, joys and griefs of daily life.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #237650 in Books
- Brand: imusti
- Published on: 2018-02-06
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- Dimensions: 6.14" h x
1.69" w x
- Binding: Hardcover
- 416 pages
About the Author
The School of Life is dedicated to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture - believing that a range of our most persistent problems are created by a lack of self-understanding, compassion and communication. We operate from ten physical campuses around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Seoul and Melbourne. We produce films, run classes, offer therapy and make a range of psychological products. The School of Life Press publishes books on the most important issues of cultural and emotional life. Our titles are designed to entertain, educate, console and transform.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
This is almost like a liberal arts degree in book form
By Gary Horton
This is almost like a liberal arts degree in book form. It covers many of the important thinkers who shaped western thought and culture. I did not agree with some of the personalities who represented the last 75 years, but that is to be expected and could lead to some pleasant debates.
I particularly disagree with some of the visual artists who were included and most of the architects. Both modern artists and modern architects suffer from the same obsession with selfish expression. They have abandoned the continuity from the past that tethered art and architecture to the beautiful. Their art and architecture is all about them and no one else. So much of it is like witnessing a grown up masturbate. The artist and architect gets off but everyone else is left horrified.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
By Peter Booth
Beautiful and comprehensive production, with keen modern reflections. Apt, articulate, insightful and captivating. And I am not usually a history person :) Thank you SOL
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Can't recommend this highly enough!
By Amazon Customer
I read this cover to cover and then lent it to friends and family. It's a fantastic introduction to some of the most important ideas on how to live life and understand the world. Eye opening and insightful.