History of Western Philosophy

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Considered to be one of the most important philosophical works of all time, the History of Western Philosophy is a dazzlingly unique exploration of the ideologies of significant philosophers throughout the ages - from Plato and Aristotle through to Spinoza, Kant and the twentieth century. Written by a man who changed the history of philosophy himself, this is an account that has never been rivalled since its first publication over 60 years ago.

This special collector's edition features:

a brand new foreword by Anthony Gottlieb, who is Executive Editor of The Economist, a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, and a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review. He studied Philosophy at Cambridge University and is the author of The Dream of Reason - A History of Philosophy from The Greeks to The Renaissance

a number of beautiful colour plates. Sumptuous fine art paintings such as Dufresnoy's Death of Socrates and Raphael's School of Athens depict the importance and influence of philosophy, and the centrality of the western philosophical tradition throughout the ages.

The History of Western Philosophy is a definitive must-have title that deserves a revered place on every bookshelf.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 728 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 51mm | 1,293g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Revised edition (REV). Illustrated Gift Edition.
  • 0415478812
  • 9780415478816
  • 367,822

Table of contents

Forward by Anthony Gottlieb Preface Introduction BOOK ONE: Ancient Philosophy Part 1: The Pre-Socratics 1. The Rise of Greek Civilisation 2. The Milesian School 3. Pythagoras 4. Heraclitus 5. Parmenides 6. Empedocles 7. Athens in Relation to Culture 8. Anaxagoras 9. The Atomists 10. Protagoras Part 2: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle 11. Socrates 12. The Influence of Sparta 13. The Sources of Plato's Opinions 14. Plato's Utopia 15. The Theory of Ideas 16. Plato's Theory of Immortality 17. Plato's Cosmogony 18. Knowledge and Perception in Plato 19. Aristotle's Metaphysics 20. Aristotle's Ethics 21. Aristotle's Politics 22. Aristotle's Logic 23. Aristotle's Physics 24. Early Greek Mathematics and Astronomy Part 3: Ancient Philosophy after Aristotle 25. The Hellenistic World 26. Cynics and Sceptics 27. The Epicureans 28. Stoicism 29. The Roman Empire in Relation to Culture 30. Plotinus BOOK TWO: Catholic Philosophy Introduction Part 1: The Fathers 1. The Religious Development of the Jews 2. Christianity During the First Four Centuries 3. Three Doctors of the Church 4. St Augustine's Philosophy and Theology 5. The Fifth and Sixth Centuries 6. St Benedict and Gregory the Great Part 2: The Schoolmen 7. The Papacy in the Dark Ages 8. John the Scot 9. Ecclesiastical Reform in the Eleventh Century 10. Mohammedan Culture and Philosophy 11. The Twelfth Century 12. The Thirteenth Century 13. St Thomas Aquinas 14. Franciscan Schoolmen 15. The Eclipse of the Papacy BOOK THREE: Modern Philosophy Part 1: From the Renaissance to Hume 1. General Characteristics 2. The Italian Renaissance 3. Machiavelli 4. Erasmus and More 5. The Reformation and Counter-Reformation 6. The Rise of Science 7. Francis Bacon 8. Hobbes's Leviathan 9. Descartes 10. Spinoza 11. Leibniz 12. Philosophical Liberalism 13. Locke's Theory of Knowledge 14. Locke's Political Philosophy 15. Locke's Influence 16. Berkeley 17. Hume Part 2: From Rousseau to the Present Day 18. The Romantic Movement 19. Rousseau 20. Kant 21. Currents of Thought in the Nineteenth Century 22. Hegel 23. Byron 24. Schopenhauer 25. Nietzsche 26. The Utilitarians 27. Karl Marx 28. Bergson 29. William James 30. John Dewey 31. The Philosophy of Logical Analysis. Index.
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`A precious book....a work that is in the highest degree pedagogical which stands above the conflicts of parties and opinion' - Albert Einstein

'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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