Does anything begin without first being an idea? A thought? How have ideas shaped the world we know today? Thats what R. C. Sproul sets out to explain in this book.
Going back to the days of Pythagoras, Sproul gives us an introduction to the ideas and theories of many of the greatest thinkers, including Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and others. We watch as a world where theology and philosophy are the chief sciences gives way to thinkers who seek to remove theology from all thought. As these ideas shift, we can see how they have changed the way societies behave.
R. C. Sproul is a noted theologian, and in the introduction of this book he explains that he was a philosophy major at twenty years old. So, he is more than knowledgeable enough in both areas. Its a great introduction to several of the most notable philosophers throughout history. While Sproul takes the time to explain both philosophical and theological terms, the subject matter can be a bit difficult. Sproul says in the introduction, This book is written not for philosophy scholars but for laypersonsalbeit educated laypersons. It explains, but never talks down. If the words I think, therefore I am have never caused you to stop and ponder, then this book may not be for you. However, if youre interested in the basics of the history of philosophical thought, this is an excellent start.
I received a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes from Crossway.
A Brief and Thoughtful Understanding of Philosophy
May 26, 2014
The book begins with a brief chapter on the "First Philosophers" and then sweeps through history with chapter after chapter, reviewing and processing the greatest philosophers up to the present time: Plato, Aristotle, Agustin, Aquinas, Kierkegaard ,Nietzsche and many more are discussed.
For anyone interested in how philosophy has impacted the world in real-time, this is a good place to start. Dr. Sproul is very articulate and the language is layman friendly. An excellent resource tool for any upcoming Apologists.