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In this lucid and masterful work, the eminent scholar Anthony Kenny offers an indispensable resource - the most concise and compelling story of the complete development of philosophy available.

Spanning 2,500 years of thought, this superb volume provides essential coverage of the most influential philosophers 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.

Unrivaled in its authority and range, the book is ideal for anyone with an interest in Western thought.

Synopsis:

Spanning 2500 years of thought, this superb volume provides essential coverage of the most influential philosophers of the Western world, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein, among many others.

The author examines the philosophical influence of non-philosophers such as Jesus, Darwin, and Freud and gives considerable attention to ancient and medieval philosophers like Abelard, Aquinas, and Augustine.

The book examines topics that engaged philosophers and explores the methods they used to address them. It includes the social, historical, and religious backgrounds of these great minds as well, to provide a vivid, precise picture of their works and ideas. Fascinating sections on the Feudal System, Rome and its Empire. Capitalism, Romanticism and more are provided to set the philosophical scenes.

Synopsis:

This text sets out the story of the development of western philosophy, from Anaximander to Wittgenstein. The concepts and arguments of the philosophers are presented in a way intelligible to modern readers, and their ideas are set in their historical context.

Synopsis:

In this lucid and masterful work, the eminent scholar Anthony Kenny offers an indispensable resource - the most concise and compelling story of the complete development of philosophy available.

About the Author

Sir Anthony Kenny is Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford. For many years he was a philosophy tutor at Balliol College, of which he became master. A former President of the British Academy, he was until recently Chairman of the Board of the British Library. He has written a number of influential books on the history of philosophy, and is editor of The Wittgenstein Reader, (Blackwell, 1994).

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Philosophy in its Infancy.

2. The Athens of Socrates.

3. The Philosophy of Plato.

4. The System of Aristotle.

5. Greek Philosophy after Aristotle.

6. Early Christian Philosophy.

7. Early Medieval Philosophy.

8. Philosophy in the Thirteenth Century.

9. Oxford Philosophers.

10. Renaissance Philosophy.

11. The Age of Descartes.

12. English Philosophy in the Seventeenth-Century.

13. Continental Philosophy in the Age of Louis XIV.

14. British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century.

15. The Enlightenment.

16. The Critical Philosophy of Kant.

17. German Idealism and Materialism.

18. The Utilitarians.

19. Three Nineteenth-Century Philosophers.

20. Three Modern Masters.

21. Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics.

22. The Philosophy of Wittgenstein.

Afterword.

Suggestions for Further Reading.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631201328
Author:
Kenny, Anthony
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Kenny, Anthony
Author:
Kenny, Sir Anthony
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Western
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Philosophy -- History.
Subject:
Western x
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Introductions to Philosophy
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19981210
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
365
Dimensions:
9.74x6.77x.97 in. 1.47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Spanning 2500 years of thought, this superb volume provides essential coverage of the most influential philosophers of the Western world, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein, among many others.

The author examines the philosophical influence of non-philosophers such as Jesus, Darwin, and Freud and gives considerable attention to ancient and medieval philosophers like Abelard, Aquinas, and Augustine.

The book examines topics that engaged philosophers and explores the methods they used to address them. It includes the social, historical, and religious backgrounds of these great minds as well, to provide a vivid, precise picture of their works and ideas. Fascinating sections on the Feudal System, Rome and its Empire. Capitalism, Romanticism and more are provided to set the philosophical scenes.

"Synopsis" by , This text sets out the story of the development of western philosophy, from Anaximander to Wittgenstein. The concepts and arguments of the philosophers are presented in a way intelligible to modern readers, and their ideas are set in their historical context.
"Synopsis" by , In this lucid and masterful work, the eminent scholar Anthony Kenny offers an indispensable resource - the most concise and compelling story of the complete development of philosophy available.
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