Welcome to The School of Life Shop | We Ship Worldwide | We Accept PayPal | Free UK Delivery on Orders Over £45

Great Thinkers

The Great Thinkers is a collection of some of the most important ideas of Eastern and Western culture - drawn from the works of those philosophers, political theorists, sociologists, artists and novelists whom we believe have the most to offer to us today.

We've worked hard to make the thinkers in this book clear, relevant and charming, mining the history of knowledge to bring you the ideas we think have the greatest importance to our times. This book contains the canon of The School of Life, the gallery of individuals across the millenia who help to frame our intellectual project - and we have succeeded if, in the days and years ahead, you find yourself turning to our thinkers to illuminate the multiple dilemmas, joys and griefs of daily life.

Thinkers include:

  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
  • John Ruskin
  • Confucius
  • Lao Tzu
  • Max Weber
  • Margaret Mead
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Coco Chanel
  • Andy Warhol
  • Jane Austen

This book is also available for Kindle.

Read an extract from the book.

View the rest of The School of Life Press collection.

Hardback book | 480 pages | 202mm x 150mm x 45mm

Great Thinkers

£20.00
Availability In stock
Add to Wish List

Delivery Information

Orders are dispatched from our UK warehouse on the same day if placed before 12pm Mon-Fri, and the next business day if placed after.

Gift vouchers and shoes are dispatched separately from other products in your order.


UK Delivery 

Delivery times vary dependent on the method chosen at checkout:

Royal Mail 2nd class: 4-5 days
Royal Mail 1st class: 1-2 days
Courier Service: Next day 

Urgent UK Orders

If you are based in London and need a product urgently, please visit our shop at 70 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB or give us a call.

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00; Tuesday: 11:00 - 18:00. 

Call us on +44 (0)20 7833 1010.

International Delivery

International orders are either sent via Royal Mail Tracked and Signed or via a Courier service depending on order size. You will receive tracking information on dispatch by email.

For overseas orders our delivery charges vary. Once you have added your chosen item(s) to your shopping basket, you will be asked to enter your destination to calculate the delivery costs.

Please note that the customer is liable for any and all customs duty payable. 

Returns Information

We want you to be completely happy with your purchase. If, however, you would like to return an item, please do so within 30 days.

Customers are responsible for all returns costs. If you have a problem with your order please contact shop@theschooloflife.com prior to returning, we will try our best to get back to you within 5 working days but may take longer at peak times.

Items must be in original condition and returned with the original sales receipt. 

Payments & Security

We offer payment by PayPal or SagePay and we accept American Express. We never see your credit card details. You will either be directed to the secure PayPal checkout, or you can enter your card details on our site via SagePay.

Your personal details are encrypted using a 256-bit SSL certificate, the same technology used to secure online banking.