"Philosophy More Enjoyable With This Book",
a review by Carroll Quigley in The Washington Sunday Star,
August 12, 1962,
of a book:
by Armand A. Maurer, C.S.B..
New York: Random House, 1962
"Philosophy More Enjoyable With This Book"
By Armand A. Maurer, C. S. B.
Random House; $8.95.
This is the second volume of a four volume History of Philosophy
written under the general editorship of Etienne Gilson. The series is intended
for the serious, but elementary, student of the subject and fulfills that
purpose very well. Covering the period from St. Agustine (d. 430) to Francis
Suarez (d. 1617), this beautifully made book deals with schools and developments
as well as individuals, but is restricted to philosophy and does not wander off
either to theology or to general intellectual history. It is thus narrower than
Leff's 'Medieval Thought,' less technical than Copleston's two volumes covering
'A History of Philosophy' for the same period, and both briefer and easier to
understand than either de Wulf's three volumes or Gilson's own recent work on
the subject. It has 45 pages of excellent notes and bibliography (listing works
in French and German as well as English) and a skimpy index which lists only
persons. It is a pleasure to read and to hold.
-- Carroll Quigley
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