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Will Durant (1885–1981)

Autor(a) de The story of philosophy

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About the Author

Will Durant was born in North Adams, Massachusetts on November 5, 1885. He received an undergraduate degree at St. Peter's College in New Jersey and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. His first book, Philosophy and the Social Problem, was published in 1917. His other works include The mostrar mais Story of Philosophy, The Mansions of Philosophy, and the ten-volume The Story of Civilization. By the time the seventh volume was published in 1961, his wife Ariel Durant was listed as a coauthor for her diligent assistance on the project. In 1968 they received the Pulitzer Prize for Rousseau and Revolution. The husband and wife team also wrote A Dual Autobiography in 1977. He died on November 7, 1981. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Séries

Obras de Will Durant

The story of philosophy (1926) — Autor — 4,251 cópias
The Life of Greece (1939) 1,834 cópias
The Lessons of History (1968) 1,772 cópias
Our Oriental Heritage (1935) — Autor — 1,758 cópias
Caesar and Christ (1944) 1,748 cópias
The Reformation (1957) 1,680 cópias
The Renaissance (1953) 1,613 cópias
The Age of Faith (1950) 1,564 cópias
The Age of Louis XIV (1963) 1,465 cópias
The Age of Voltaire (1965) — Autor — 1,449 cópias
Rosseau and Revolution (1967) 1,444 cópias
The Age of Reason Begins (1961) 1,441 cópias
The Age of Napoleon (1975) 1,315 cópias
The Pleasures of Philosophy (1940) 340 cópias
Heroes of History (2001) 286 cópias
On the Meaning of Life (2005) 64 cópias
The Case for India (1930) 36 cópias
Der alte Orient und Indien (1979) 12 cópias
Great Men of Literature (1931) 12 cópias
Adventures in Philosophy (2008) 9 cópias
Das Zeitalter Voltaires (1983) 8 cópias
Die Napoleonische Ära (1983) 8 cópias
Europa im Zeitalter der Könige (1980) — Autor — 8 cópias
Adventures in Genius (1931) 8 cópias
Weltreiche des Glaubens (1981) 6 cópias
Das frühe Mittelalter (1978) 6 cópias
Das Klassische Griechenland (1983) 5 cópias
A Guide to Plato (1947) 3 cópias
Das Leben Griechenlands 1 exemplar(es)
Storia della civiltà 1 exemplar(es)
The Age of Louis XIV, Part 2 of 2 (1963) 1 exemplar(es)
The Story of Friars Green Church (1951) 1 exemplar(es)
Filosofi 7-11-1 1 exemplar(es)
A Program for America 1 exemplar(es)
The Life of Greece, Part 2 of 2 (1939) 1 exemplar(es)
The Renaissance, Part 1 of 2 (1953) 1 exemplar(es)
The Age of Faith, Part 1 of 3 (1950) 1 exemplar(es)
The Age of Faith, Part 2 of 3 (1950) 1 exemplar(es)
Socialism and Anarchism (1914) 1 exemplar(es)
The Age of Louis XIV, Part 1 of 2 (1963) 1 exemplar(es)
The Renaissance, Part 4 of 4 (1953) 1 exemplar(es)
The Renaissance, Part 1 of 4 (1953) 1 exemplar(es)
The Renaissance, Part 3 of 4 (1953) 1 exemplar(es)
The Renaissance, Part 2 of 4 (1953) 1 exemplar(es)
The Story of Civilization, 8-9 (1900) 1 exemplar(es)
islam medeniyeti 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Los Angeles 200: A Bicentennial Celebration (1980) — Prefácio — 35 cópias
The Works of Schopenhauer [abridged] (1928) — Editor, algumas edições; Editor — 29 cópias
The American Legion Reader (1953) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Durant, Will
Nome de batismo
Durant, William James
Outros nomes
ول ديورانت
ויל דוראנט
Data de nascimento
1885-11-05
Data de falecimento
1981-11-07
Local de enterro
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
Local de falecimento
Los Angeles, California, USA
Locais de residência
North Adams, Massachusetts, USA (birth)
Educação
Saint Peter's College (BA|1907)
Columbia University (Ph.D|1917)
Ocupação
historian
writer
author
librarian
Relacionamentos
Durant, Ariel (wife)
Organizações
Ferrer Modern School
Seton Hall University
Labor Temple School
Premiações
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977)
Pulitzer Prize (literature|1967)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1959)
Golden Plate Award (1976)
Aviso de desambiguação
Please do NOT combine this page with the various forms of "Will and Ariel Durant". Single authors should never be combined with multiples. Thank you.

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Discussions

The Story of Civilization by the Durants: Yea or Nay? em Non-Fiction Readers (Dezembro 2021)
Will Durant em Philosophy and Theory (Julho 2010)

Resenhas

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aquamari | outras 32 resenhas | May 21, 2024 |
The near three-quarters of a century from the end of the Thirty Years War to the death of Louis XIV saw the promise of French greatness being achieved then squandered allowing Britain to rise. The Age of Louis XIV is the eighth volume of The Story of Civilization series written by Will & Ariel Durant looking into the reign of the Sun King and how the politics and intellectual though rotated around him and France.

The book centered around France with the Netherlands, England/Britain, and the intellectual revolution for most of the text as well as the interaction between all of them over the course of the decades the Durants wrote about. While the rest of Europe is discussed, especially the continual rise of Russia during the reign of Peter the Great, the Durants give a good but brief synopsis of each location when not connected with the main portions of the book. The political, religious, and cultural developments of France and England were gone over in detail not only for their own history but how it affected the rest of the world. Yet for the Durants, especially Will, the portion of the book that the reader can tell they enjoyed writing and having a hard time holding back is the intellectual revolution in science and philosophy in the latter half of the 17th century and early 18th century. Not only are there chapters dedicated to Newton, Spinoza, and Leibniz but all the English political philosophers that have had influenced thought were covered in detail as well. A thorough reader of this series can tell that there is excitement and dedication to the intellectual revolution like that of the second volume of the series, The Life of Greece.

The Age of Louis XIV sees Will and Ariel Durant detailed not only the man who dominated a Europe undergoing an intellectual revolution but how he led his nation to disaster to the benefit of Britain.
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mattries37315 | outras 4 resenhas | May 16, 2024 |
O Will e a Ariel possuem uma prosa e uma habilidade para escrever história que mesmo depois de duas mil páginas (Nossa Herança Oriental e Nossa Herança Clássica) eu ainda me sinto disposto de encarar mais outras mil. Olha que eu sou um leitor de pouco fôlego e que história seja talvez um interesse menor meu, em comparação com ficção e outras coisas.

É, sobretudo, a personalidade deles, o método e a maneira de avançar nos tópicos que faz um livro de história da primeira metade do século passado ter tanto frescor. O Will com certeza se inspira nos historiadores antigos — Heródoto e Tucídides —, e a ajuda da Ariel faz com que ele não caia em muito dos problemas de outros historiadores antigos no trato das raças, do gênero, da sexualidade e, principalmente, do papel feminino na história. Desde o primeiro livro isso fica claro.

Para fazer A História da Civilização, por exemplo, "o casal Durant empregou a maior parte de seu tempo de trabalho (oito a quatorze horas diárias) ao livro ", e a dedicação foi tanta que "Para se prepararem melhor para a obra, Will Durant e a mulher viajaram pela Europa em 1927, deram a volta ao mundo em 1930, para estudar o Egito, o Oriente Próximo, índia, China e Japão, e novamente circularam a Terra em 1932, para visitar o Japão, a Manchúria, Sibéria, Rússia Europeia e Polônia.

Outro ponto que talvez me faça lê-los com tanto vigor é o método e o objetivo que eles possuem. O primeiro: escrever a história como "o estudo das principais fases da vida, do trabalho, da cultura [e da arte] de um povo, entrosadamente." Isso pauta muito do conteúdo. A gente lê muito sobre todo tipo de arte, trechos de literatura, referências a estatuária e a pintura, entre outros. O segundo ponto: eles enxergam o estudo da história como uma iluminação dos dias de hoje "[Will] nos recorda que os ditadores sempre usaram o mesmo métodos" e que fenômenos e acontecimentos antigos são atuais, como "agências bancárias, de fundos destinados a melhoramentos com fins políticos, depressão econômica, projetos e regulamentações governamentais, socialismo do Estado, planos prioritários de tempo de guerra, corrupção eleitoral, grupos de pressão, associações de classe e outros (...) e existem há pelo menos dois mil anos.

Agora, nesta entrada da série: a história de Roma e Cristo. O drama do maior império da história, que nenhum poeta conseguiria replicar ou fabricar. De uma aldeia de encruzilhada à dominação do mundo; e, então, a queda.
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RolandoSMedeiros | outras 12 resenhas | Apr 26, 2024 |
The near century between the death of John Calvin and the Council to Trent to the end of the Thirty Years War saw first religious intolerance and religious wars range across the continent until in the end politics trumped everything like it always does. The Age of Reason Begins is the seventh volume of The Story of Civilization series by Will & Ariel Durant as Protestants fight one another and both fight Catholics before eventually politics overrules everything and people begin to ignore religion.

This volume continues a trend of transitions that defined Early Modern Era highlighting a single nation, then the continent, and finally beginning of the return of “reason” over “religion”. The Durants began the rise of Great Britain from the reign of Elizabeth I to the death of Charles I as it transitioned from warring individual nations to nations united political though with significant differences that still needed to be worked out. Next, they followed the transition across the continent of various religious wars that saw either the rise or follow of great powers from prominence that ultimately went from how God was worshiped but what was politically more important. Then they completed the volume with the rise of science and slow return of now religious inspired philosophy. Even though the Durants focused on philosophy and scientific advances in the last 100 pages of the book, they did not neglect cultural developments in literature to theater to music to the development of scientific thought, it was in this area that one could tell Will Durant was enjoying writing. After three volumes in which Will Durant had to focus on religion more than he liked this volume a reader of the series could tell change in Will’s writing that could by a result of Ariel or Will love of philosophy and science.

The Age of Reason Begins is a transitional volume of Will Durant’s The Story of Civilization not only in the transition into the Early Modern Era but also the involvement of his wife Ariel as a cowriter.
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mattries37315 | outras 8 resenhas | Mar 18, 2024 |

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