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A Brief History of Thought

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Luc Ferry

Western thought has undergone five significant stages, including Greek philosophy, Christianity, humanism, postmodernism, and contemporary philosophy, each challenging the beliefs of their predecessors in the areas of theory, ethics, and salvation. Despite this, contemporary humanism has emerged as a relevant philosophy that combines classical humanism with postmodernism's perspectives.

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A Brief History of Thought provides a clear and concise account of significant milestones in Western philosophy, spanning from classical Greek Stoicism to twentieth-century postmodernism. Going beyond a mere description of abstract concepts, the book demonstrates how the insights of renowned philosophers can be applied to make our lives more fulfilling and meaningful.

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Western thought has undergone five significant stages, including Greek philosophy, Christianity, humanism, postmodernism, and contemporary philosophy, each challenging the beliefs of their predecessors in the areas of theory, ethics, and salvation. Despite this, contemporary humanism has emerged as a relevant philosophy that combines classical humanism with postmodernism's perspectives.

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There are three main dimensions to philosophy.

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The purpose of Stoicism was to explain how the universe functions and the role of humanity in it.

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Christianity replaced Greek philosophy and transformed the way people think.

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The scientific revolution brought about thought systems that paved the way for the development of modern philosophy.

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Immanuel Kant embraced Rousseau's humanistic ideas and applied them to the realm of ethics.

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