A Brief History of Thought, a philosophical guide to living by Luc Ferry; 2010; $14.99; 282 pages; Harper Perennial, New York, NY; 978-0-06-207424-9;purchased from Amazon.com; 11/5-11/9

Why did I pick this up?  It is the book the corner reading society is meeting to discuss next weekend, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have finished it.

What is the story?  A comprehensive history of philosophy from Aristotle and Socrates to the current day.  As with much of philosophy there is a lot of circular talk and obscuring language made to make the reader feel inferior.

Did I like it?  Yes and no, I thought it was a good history but I thought it talked down to the reader.


What is with the title of the review?  This book reminded me of Stevie Wonders’ song Will It Go Round In Circles.