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A New History of Western Philosophy (New History of Western Philosophy #1-4)

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The individual volumes of Sir Anthony Kenny's acclaimed History of Western Philosophy have been hailed as "wonderful, authoritative, hugely rewarding" (Times Higher Education Supplement) and "genial and highly accessible" (London Review of Books). Now these four splendid books have been combined into one magnificent volume, providing a continuous sweeping account of the gr ...more
Hardcover, 1058 pages
Published October 7th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 1st 2007)
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Bertrand Russell's 'A History of Western Philosophy' is criticized for being an overview of philosophers he likes instead of being a comprehensive…more

Bertrand Russell's 'A History of Western Philosophy' is criticized for being an overview of philosophers he likes instead of being a comprehensive History of Philosophy. He spends a large amount of time on pythagorus and a lot of time in ancient philosophy that isn't Plato or Aristotle who are the most notable. He also doesn't believe in God, so the dark ages are given an unforgiving analysis, i.e. dogmatism reigned over humanism. The final criticism I've heard is that he got Kant wrong. Russell's bias in part stems from him being a mathematician, and he likes focusing on it.

That being said, Russell's book is wonderful. I want to read Copleston next.

You have written bias where you meant biased.(less)
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Feb 07, 2013 Fortunr rated it it was amazing
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A must read for all individuals seriously interested in the history of Western Philosophy. Reading this full book can be a significant but very rewarding undertaking. The only minor issue is in relation to trhe way this book is structured: I am not 100% sure that splitting each period into two parts (a relatively short history of the individual philosophers, followed by an analysis by thematic area) is necessarily the best approach, as it may cause a loss of focus on the system of thought and co ...more
Tso William
While intellectual history is a bird’s eye view of the intellectual landscape, a history of philosophy is a x-ray version of that landscape. A Gothic church has her beautiful stained glass windows, paintings and all other exquisite adornments but they merely suggest or altogether fail to tell us the underlying structure that supports the church itself. The relation between ideas and philosophy is similar. Philosophy reveals what is the underlying flows behind the intellectual ideas. It is, there ...more
Richard Larsen
Mar 09, 2014 Richard Larsen rated it it was amazing
An excellent introduction and very readable. The topic,of course, is very difficult and thankfully, it is not dumbed down. If anyone understands Frege's symbolic logic or Wittgenstein in general, you are doing better than me.
Madito Mahardika
Jul 13, 2013 Madito Mahardika rated it it was amazing
A super-eminent book for one who seek a clear insight of western philosophy from the very start.
packed in such a way as if one undergo their very pilgrimage to every idea that once inscribed.
Jul 26, 2015 Brandon rated it really liked it
A textbook detailing the history of western philosophy by breaking it apart into digestible and accessible parts. The structure of the book was initially confusing but the patterned layout of the text makes a lot of sense when you're reading this as an introduction to the subject, because people who do philosophy don't tend to do all philosophy; the text is the history of philosophy but has in mind people with no interest in the history of philosophy who just want to see what philosophy is. The ...more
Alex Obrigewitsch
Jun 11, 2015 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it it was ok
This book is so biased in its accounts and delivery. Be very aware of his while reading.
Devoting multiple sections to Wittgenstein (albeit his importance), while giving a pittance to Heidegger and a terrible view of Derrida which exudes its misunderstanding, for example, make its author's firm positioning in the analytic camp blatantly obvious
Feb 17, 2015 Chalky rated it liked it
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, but after a few pages I gave up. Other reviewers thought this brilliant, so it probably is, but after reading the Coppleston series years ago and Betrand Russell's histories, I got lazy.
Dec 13, 2015 Lux is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book hoping for something that would break the major philosophies into accessible bite size pieces. That's not the case at all. The only chapters I understand are the ones where I already have some understanding of the topic. The terminology is impenetrable in a way that I often have to Google a term, and then Google terms that term is predicated upon, and in the end I may as well not be reading the book at all.
Christopher Lancaster
Jun 12, 2016 Christopher Lancaster rated it it was amazing
Quite comprehensive. Engaging when you are familiar with the Philosophers treated and/or the particular focus and even when you aren't it is explained lucidly.
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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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