THALES TO DEWEY...
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Thales to Dewey Reviews
This is an excellent work of the history of philosophy with a focus on the major philosophers down through time. For a survey work like this, it is a bit dry and once I moved beyond the early Greeks the reading did seem to slow down quite a bit. Clark brings his Evangelical perspective to his work and while I think often his critiques would be unconvincing to a non-Christian, it is still good to see how a Christian would view and understand various philosophies and he does not cross the line into being dogmatic. Overall, this is a good but not great survey from a perspective unique for this type of writing.
If you don't follow Clark's philosophy, most of his critiques against competing systems of thought falter pretty quickly. While he does make some valid criticisms, if you think one can gain knowledge through inductive means, sense perception, or common sense, then you're likely to dismiss much of his criticisms of non-Christian thought as unhelpful. You're also likely to dismiss may of his criticisms of Natural Theology in the same way. If you are a Clarkian, then you're probably sure to love this book. After all, it's Clark - the greatest theological and philosophical mind God ever graced his Church with. Oh, by the way, if it's not obvious, I'm not a Clarkian. (By the way, I have sent a message to the Good Reads staff to correct the author's middle name. It is "Hadden," not "Madden." If they correct it I will delete this comment.)
At the moment, I'm actually just skimming through certain early philosophers. The Greeks fascinate me in a way that most later philosophers simply don't. Not sure why.This book was my father's college Intro to Philosophy course book. When I was 17 and interested in attending St. John's College (which teaches via its Great Books program), he gave me this to read to see if I was ready for something like that. I never finished the book because I would get sidetracked into reading some of the original source materials. (Plato can be a big time sink, 'cause he's a pretty entertaining writer.)Anyway, this book has a lot of nostalgic connections for me. Hence, my rating. I think most readers today (even those predisposed to like philosophy) would find it a bit dry.
This book is cited in a lot of shorter history of philosophy books, and I've found it to be helpful to have a history of philosophy written by a Christian philosopher. But so far, the reading has been a little tedious (yes, even for a "history of philosophy"). Clark is a great teacher, and I appreciate what he has to say. In this book though he seems to take a long time to say one thing - to the point that I get lost in the argument. Of course, that very well could be my own deficiency as a reader (and probably is), but for now it's to the point that I'll have to set this one aside for the time being...
This was a very challenging read for me. I'll need to revisit several times.
Not easy reading, but is any history of philosophy going to be? On the reread list.