Be Yourself

History of philosophy 3

Original Title: Sei du selbst

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 608 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in., 20 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-442-31402-7
€ 24.00 [D] | € 24.70 [A] | CHF 33.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Goldmann

Date of publication: October 14, 2019
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Rights sold to: China (Horizon), Korea (Open Books), Taiwan (Business Weekly)

Richard David  Precht - Be Yourself


"An educational experience – and a true pleasure to read." Denis Scheck

The 19th century revolutionised philosophy. While the bourgeoisie is emerging from industrialisation, the philosophers are losing ground. Is it at all possible to erect a closed system in the world? In a world without God and without a natural order?

It is the sciences in particular that are challenging philosophy and claiming the prerogative of the interpretation of truth and meaning. Thinkers such as Auguste Comte, John Stuart Mill, Herbert Spencer, Ernst Mach and Charles Sanders Peirce want to put philosophy methodically on the same level as physics and biology. Yet that is precisely what is causing protest. For their adversaries – people like Arthur Schopenhauer, Sören Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche – philosophy is not a science, but rather an attitude to life.

In this third volume of Precht’s emiment and much-praised history of philosophy, the bestselling author explains and analyses the main topics and philosophers of the 19th century.

"A real banger like no other before in non-fiction literature and thus a must-read for everyone."


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