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A Brief History of Western Philosophy

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Spanning 2,500 years of thought, this volume provides essential coverage of the most influential thinkers of the Western world, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud, Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein, amongst many others. Unrivalled ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published December 10th 1998 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1998)
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Anonimo
Aug 15, 2012 Anonimo rated it it was amazing
I'm ashamed to say it took me over a decade after buying this book to actually read it. Perhaps specialists and philosophy buffs will have other opinions, but for the uninitiated this book does exactly what you want it to do. This is not simply a chronology of famous names and dates or a series of biographical notes; it is very much a history of the ideas themselves, told in an objective, concise and, occasionally, witty manner. The examination is critical at times, not in the negative layman's ...more
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I've enjoyed reading this book. My only remarks are the lack of mention of Jonathan Edwards and C. S. Lewis.
Mike_dangerous
Jan 15, 2011 Mike_dangerous rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The dude has a sense of humor, and he predigests the ideas of many fine philosophers, and this allowed me to plow through the book in bits and pieces over a few months.

As a bonus, his early comments on Empedocles almost killed me. Things go pretty much chronologically. And even at the end, the author is sharp and witty with Wittgenstein.
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Aug 27, 2016 Seamusin rated it it was amazing
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Fantastic. He's tied so much together in such a neat package. Nice interplay between outlines of philosophers and their criticisms. Chatper 20 (Darwain, Newman and Freud) is to me out of place - would have preferred something on existentialism rather... But still, a heavily-highlighted book I'll keep safe for years to come.
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Can't say too much about this. Read it in 2003 and thought it very useful for my course, but that's about all I can really say. I would need to re-read it to say anything more than that; which I probably will soon enough.

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Best book on philosophical history, in my opinion.
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Sir Anthony Kenny is an English philosopher whose interests lie in the philosophy of mind, ancient and scholastic philosophy, the philosophy of Wittgenstein, and the philosophy of religion.
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