History of Western Philosophy

History of Western Philosophy

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First published in 1946, History of Western Philosophy went on to become the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. A dazzlingly ambitious project, it remains unchallenged to this day as the ultimate introduction to Western philosophy. Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas that have perplexed people from time immemorial, it is 'long on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly scepticism', as the New York Times noted, and it is this, coupled with the sheer brilliance of its scholarship, that has made Russell's History of Western Philosophy one of the most important philosophical works of all time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 792 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 42.93mm | 830g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 0415325056
  • 9780415325059
  • 75,527

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'Remains unchallenged as the perfect introduction to its subject ... exactly the kind of philosophy that most people would like to read, but which only Russell could possibly have written.' - Ray Monk, University of Southampton, UK

'Beautiful and luminous prose, not merely classically clear but scrupulously honest.' - Isaiah Berlin

'It is a witty bird's-eye view of the main figures in Western thought enlivened by references to the personalities and quirks of the thinkers themselves.' - The Week

'A great philosopher's lucid and magisterial look at the history of his own subject, wonderfully readable and enlightening.' - The Observer
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About Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell, geboren 1872, schrieb sein erstes Buch über die deutsche Sozialdemokratie (1896) und viele weitere gesellschaftskritische und philosophische Studien. 1950 wurde seine "Philosophie des Abendlandes" im Europa Verlag auf deutsch veröffentlicht. Im selben Jahr erhielt Russell den Nobelpreis für Literatur. Er starb 1970 in Wales.
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