A Little History of Philosophy - Nigel Warburton
Useful both as a guide for the curious and as a refreshing summary for the well-versed, A Little History of Philosophy (Yale Univ., $25) is a passionate and energetic recounting of the story of Western thought. Nigel Warburton, senior lecturer at The Open University and the interviewer on the Philosophy Bites podcast, follows philosophy from the ancients to the atomic age, charting ideas as they weave through science, religion, music, and law. Especially adept at tracing influence, Warburton points out places where Eastern thought enters the Western picture. Humorous and relaxed, Warburton recounts his stories of thinkers and thoughts with the manner of a favorite teacher, feet up on the desk, conversing with students. At its heart, however, this is a book about skepticism, and it challenges readers to know where they stand, and why.