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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 afficher plus 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) afficher moins
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Œuvres de Will Durant

Histoire de la civilisation t. 2 (1939) 1,854 exemplaires, 10 critiques
The Lessons of History (1968) 1,798 exemplaires, 35 critiques
Notre héritage oriental - 3 volumes (1935) — Auteur — 1,774 exemplaires, 18 critiques
Caesar and Christ (1944) 1,766 exemplaires, 13 critiques
La réforme. 3 volumes . (1957) 1,703 exemplaires, 11 critiques
The Renaissance (1953) 1,631 exemplaires, 6 critiques
The Age of Faith (1950) 1,579 exemplaires, 10 critiques
The Age of Louis XIV (1963) 1,479 exemplaires, 5 critiques
The Age of Voltaire (1965) — Auteur — 1,462 exemplaires, 4 critiques
The Age of Reason Begins (1961) 1,460 exemplaires, 9 critiques
Rosseau and Revolution (1967) 1,455 exemplaires, 8 critiques
The Age of Napoleon (1975) 1,328 exemplaires, 10 critiques
Histoire de la civilisation , 28 volumes, edts. Rencontre (1963) 1,169 exemplaires, 15 critiques
The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time (2002) 419 exemplaires, 4 critiques
The Pleasures of Philosophy (1940) 345 exemplaires, 4 critiques
Heroes of History (2001) 288 exemplaires, 3 critiques
Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War & God (2014) 130 exemplaires, 1 critique
On the Meaning of Life (2005) 65 exemplaires
Transition: A Mental Autobiography (1927) 52 exemplaires
The Story of Civilization, 1-10 (1954) 37 exemplaires, 1 critique
The Case for India (1930) 36 exemplaires, 1 critique
Great Men of Literature (1931) 13 exemplaires
Der alte Orient und Indien (1979) 12 exemplaires
Adventures in Philosophy (2008) 9 exemplaires
Adventures in Genius (1931) 8 exemplaires
Die Napoleonische Ära (1983) 8 exemplaires
Europa im Dreißigjährigen Krieg (1983) 8 exemplaires
Das Zeitalter Voltaires (1983) 8 exemplaires
Europa im Zeitalter der Könige (1980) — Auteur — 8 exemplaires
Philosophy and the Social Problem (2013) 7 exemplaires
Vom Aberglauben zur Wissenschaft (1982) 6 exemplaires
Das frühe Mittelalter (1978) 6 exemplaires
Weltreiche des Glaubens (1981) 6 exemplaires
The Story of Civilization, 1-8 (1963) 6 exemplaires
Das Zeitalter der Reformation (1983) 5 exemplaires
Das Klassische Griechenland (1983) 5 exemplaires
Kulturgeschichte der Menschheit (1985) 5 exemplaires
Caesar and Christ, Part 1 of 2 (1944) 3 exemplaires
The Age of Faith, Part 3 of 3 (1950) 3 exemplaires
Caesar and Christ, Part 2 of 2 (1944) 3 exemplaires
A Guide to Plato (1947) 3 exemplaires
The Age of Napoleon, Part 3 of 3 (2000) 2 exemplaires
The Life of Greece, Part 1 of 2 (1939) 2 exemplaires
A Guide to Spinoza 2 exemplaires
The Renaissance, Part 2 of 2 (1953) 2 exemplaires
Storia della civiltà 1 exemplaire
The Age of Faith, Part 1 of 3 (1950) 1 exemplaire
The Age of Faith, Part 2 of 3 (1950) 1 exemplaire
Socialism and Anarchism (1914) 1 exemplaire
The Renaissance, Part 1 of 2 (1953) 1 exemplaire
The Life of Greece, Part 2 of 2 (1939) 1 exemplaire
A Program for America 1 exemplaire
Filosofi 7-11-1 1 exemplaire
The Renaissance, Part 1 of 4 (1953) 1 exemplaire
The Renaissance, Part 4 of 4 (1953) 1 exemplaire
The Renaissance, Part 3 of 4 (1953) 1 exemplaire
The Renaissance, Part 2 of 4 (1953) 1 exemplaire
The Story of Civilization, 8-9 (1900) 1 exemplaire
islam medeniyeti 1 exemplaire

Oeuvres associées

An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper's Magazine (2000) — Contributeur — 134 exemplaires, 1 critique
Los Angeles 200: A Bicentennial Celebration (1980) — Avant-propos — 35 exemplaires
The Works of Schopenhauer [abridged] (1928) — Directeur de publication, quelques éditions; Directeur de publication — 29 exemplaires
The American Legion Reader (1953) — Contributeur — 4 exemplaires


Partage des connaissances

Nom canonique
Durant, Will
Nom légal
Durant, William James
Autres noms
Dirāns, Vils
Dürant, Vill
Ντυράν, Γουίλ
ויל דוראנט
ول ديورانت
ویل دورانت (tout afficher 26)
ويل ديورانت
ول ڈیورانٹ
ول ڊيورانٽ
Дюрант, Уильям Джеймс
Дюрант, Уил
Дјурант, Вилијам Џејмс
Дјурант, Вил
Дюрант, Вільям Джеймс
Дюрант, Віл
డ్యురాంట్, విల్
ਡੁਰਾਂਟ, ਵਿਲ
ഡുറാന്റ്, വിൽ
ड्युरँट, विल
ಡರ್ಯಾಂಟ್ವಿ, ವಿಲಿಯಮ್
டியூரண்ட், வில்
डुराण्ट, विल
Դյուրանտ, Ուիլյամ
Date de naissance
Date de décès
Lieu de sépulture
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, USA
Lieu de naissance
North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
Lieu du décès
Los Angeles, California, USA
Lieux de résidence
North Adams, Massachusetts, USA (birth)
Saint Peter's College (BA|1907)
Columbia University (Ph.D|1917)
Durant, Ariel (wife)
Ferrer Modern School
Seton Hall University
Labor Temple School
Prix et distinctions
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977)
Pulitzer Prize (literature|1967)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature ∙ 1959)
Golden Plate Award (1976)
Notice de désambigüisation
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.



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


Gifted by Ariel Furman
aquamari | 34 autres critiques | 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 | 4 autres critiques | 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 | 12 autres critiques | 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 | 8 autres critiques | Mar 18, 2024 |


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