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Combining a basic history of philosophical thought with the often quirky personal stories of famous philosophers, this comprehensive introduction to the world of philosophy answers more than 1,000 questions, ranging from What was the Enlightenment? to Why did the Pythagorians avoid fava beans? Analysing the collective effort of philosophers throughout history in the pursuit of truth and wisdom, the guide explores the tangible significance of philosophical thought to modern society and civilisation as a whole. With a wide range of information suitable for various knowledge bases -- from junior high to junior college -- this is an ideal resource for anyone looking to get a better grasp of the history of thought.