A Brief History of Thought by Luc Ferry
A Philosophical Guide to Living

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French superstar philosopher Luc Ferry encapsulates an enlightening treatise of pop-philosophy in a lively narrative of Western thought—explaining how the history of philosophy can teach us how to live better lives today. This blockbuster better living guide has already sold nearly a half a million copies in Europe; now it is available worldwide in an exciting, highly readable translation: A Brief History of Thought. Thomas Cathcut & Daniel Klein, authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, call Ferry’s thrilling opus “a fine introduction to philosophy and its fundamental relevance to living a meaningful life—for everyone from the man in the Acropolis to the man in the street.”
 

About Luc Ferry

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Luc Ferry is a professor of philosophy at the Sorbonne. From 2002-2004 he served as French Minister of National Education. He has won numerous awards, including the Prix Médicis, Prix Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, and Prix Aujourd'hui, in addition to being an officer of the French Legion of Honor and a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. He lives in Paris.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 304 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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He examines how Christianity was able to supplant the Greeks (the religion’s vastly appealing notion of the afterlife) before moving on to humanism, a movement prompted by the discoveries and thought of Copernicus, Newton, Descartes and Galileo.

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(Ferry denies Christianity the status of a real philosophy, but considers its intellectual legacy so fundamental that the book is in many ways a search for an atheistic Christianity.) The author’s episodic treatment starts with the Stoic concept of man as a fragment of a harmonious cosmos, move...

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Though no believer himself, Mr. Ferry understands the power of Christian love and humility, and he chides contemporary thinkers who ignore religion, not least because they fail to see the origins of modern ethics in the idea that "the moral worth of a person does not lie in his inherited gifts or...

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The danger of the current impasse in philosophy is that it will lead to resignation, an acceptance of the modern status quo.

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From the timeless wisdom of the ancient Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s instant classic brilliantly and accessibly explains the enduring teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to modern daily life and its essenti...

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