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Philosophy in the Modern World: A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 4

(New History of Western Philosophy #4)

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Sir Anthony Kenny tells the fascinating story of the development of philosophy in the modern world, from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Alongside (and intertwined with) extraordinary scientific advances, cultural changes, and political upheavals, the last two centuries have seen some of the most intriguing and original developments in ...more
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Published September 4th 2008 by OUP Oxford (first published 2007)
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Paul JB
I honestly wouldn't know to begin with a project like this, which seems to make life doubly difficult for itself by electing to treat the continental and analytic schools in conjunction rather than in isolation. I probably wouldn't end with a philosopher I so disdained as much as Anthony Kenny clearly disdains Derrida, though perhaps this is his way of communicating a certain pessimism about the future of philosophy. I recall a (possibly apocryphal) story about Derrida's selection for an ...more
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Ultimo volume del magnum opus di Sir Anthony Kenny: come inevitabile la trattazione si deve frammentare seguendo i molti rivoli della filosofia contemporanea, ma la presentazione dei pensatori è sempre rigorosa e completa.
Certo, in questo libro le preferenze personali (e le idiosincrasie) di Kenny si notano di più: parecchie stilettate a Bertrand Russell, ai filosofi analitici post-wittgensteiniani, a Nietzsche (un pò velocemente
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Betawolf
Not a resounding finish to Kenny's series, but nonetheless maintains the valuable rate of compression which I was looking for in reading this history of philosophy. Here, more than in his earlier sections, I think it can be said that Kenny's survey feels incomplete. The major characters discussed in the first three chapters are not by themselves enough to cover the cast of the 20th century, and we see Kenny reaching out in the topical chapters to reference important modern commentators who are ...more
Waley He
Kenny writes using a very clear and concise style with minimal use of philosophical jargon that only serves to obfuscate the ideas presented. However, in terms of content, this volume is written with a heavy analytic bias and leaves little room for continental philosophy. It also doesn't cover many of the important philsophers after the ~1960s.
Jeffrey Backlin
The final volume in this four volume set: the decline of modernity and the rise of post-modernity.
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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.

Other books in the series

New History of Western Philosophy (4 books)
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  • Medieval Philosophy (New History of Western Philosophy, vol. 2)
  • The Rise of Modern Philosophy (New History of Western Philosophy, vol. 3)