By Justin E. H. Smith
What could the worldwide historical past of philosophy seem like if it have been informed no longer as a narrative of principles yet as a sequence of activity descriptions--ones that may were used to fill the placement of thinker at varied instances and areas over the last 2,500 years?
The Philosopher does simply that, offering a brand new approach of the background of philosophy via bringing to existence six sorts of figures who've occupied the function of thinker in quite a lot of societies worldwide over the millennia--the usual thinker, the Sage, the Gadfly, the Ascetic, the Mandarin, and the Courtier. the result's without delay an unconventional creation to the worldwide background of philosophy and an unique exploration of what philosophy has been--and might be should be again.
By uncovering forgotten or overlooked philosophical activity descriptions, the ebook unearths that philosophy is a common task, a lot broader--and extra gender inclusive--than we in most cases imagine this present day. In doing so, The Philosopher demanding situations us to re-evaluate our proposal of what philosophers can do and what counts as philosophy.