By Bryan Magee

Broadcaster, author and critic Professor Magee strains 2,500 years of western philosophy from the traditional Greeks to trendy thinkers. His appreciation of the topic and seize of its complexities have mixed to supply a booklet for either the overall reader and the more matured pupil.

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