Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

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Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

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Written By: Will Durant       
Narrated By: John Little
Date: 31 May 2010
Duration: 03:15:00

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Science & Technology History & Philosophy Lectures Arts

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers a concise overview of the best of our heritage. Eloquent and engaging, this is a liberal arts curriculum: the most remarkable events, people, and ideas the world has known. Includes The Ten Greatest Thinkers, The Ten Greatest Poets, The One Hundred Best Books for an Education, The Ten Peaks of Human Progress, and Twelve Vital Dates in World History.

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Will Durant

William James "Will" Durant (; November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981) was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy (1926), described as "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy".

He conceived of philosophy as total perspective or seeing things sub specie totius, a phrase inspired by Spinoza's sub specie aeternitatis. He sought to unify and humanize the great body of historical knowledge, which had grown voluminous and become fragmented into esoteric specialties, and to vitalize it for contemporary application.

The Durants were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1968 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.

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