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A History of Philosophy, 11 Vols
Copleston, an Oxfor d Jesuit and specialist in the history of philosophy, created his history as an introduction for Catholic ecclesiastical seminaries. The 11-volume series gives an accessible account of each philosopher's philosophers.
Paperback, 11 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Continuum
(first published January 1st 1962)
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As a survey of the history of philosophy, it lacks a great deal. Copleston's analyses are pedestrian, not to mention outdated, and the selections are neither long enough to be truly edifying nor short enough to be easily digestible. Copleston's history of philosophy series - which refuses to go away - is not a bad in the strictest sense of the term, as Copleston was a careful scholar and commits no serious errors. It is not, however, worth the effort required to consume it; it does not ...more
This series on Philosophy covers every aspect of the philosophy of the past several millenia. It is very detailed and as such, heavy going at times but for someone interested in the minds of the greats, whether Plato or Bertrand Russell the series is an absorbing read.
Frederick (Freddie) Charles Copleston was raised an Anglican and educated at Marlborough College from 1920 to 1925. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday he converted to Catholicism, and his father subsequently almost disowned him. After the initial shock, however, his father saw fit to help Copleston through his education and he attended St. John’s in Oxford in 1925, only managing a disappointing ...moreMore about Frederick Charles Copleston...