History of Western Philosophy

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Philosophy - 928 pages
Hailed as “lucid and magisterial” by The Observer, this book is universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject of Western philosophy.

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 rivaled since its first publication over sixty years ago.

Since its first publication in 1945, Lord Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy is still unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace, and its wit. In seventy-six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century.

Among the philosophers considered are: Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, the Atomists, Protagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Cynics, the Sceptics, the Epicureans, the Stoics, Plotinus, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, Benedict, Gregory the Great, John the Scot, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Occam, Machiavelli, Erasmus, More, Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, the Utilitarians, Marx, Bergson, James, Dewey, and lastly the philosophers with whom Lord Russell himself is most closely associated—Cantor, Frege, and Whitehead, coauthor with Russell of the monumental Principia Mathematica.
 

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An important point was left out of this book: The history of philosophy is also a history of drunks. Bertrand Russell has attempted to give a brief overview of the History of Western Philosophy. In ... Read full review

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Philosophy and Social Environment Russell’s account of philosophy is unique and controversial. On can say that he knew it. His exposition, with plenty of appreciation and critics of his own, is ... Read full review

Contents

The PreSocratics Chapter 1 The Rise of Greek Civilization
3
The Milesian School
24
Pythagoras
29
Heraclitus
38
Parmenides
48
Chapter v1 Empedocles
53
Athens in Relation to Culture
58
Anaxagoras
61
Franciscan Schoolmen
463
The Eclipse of the Papacy
476
BOOK THREE MODERN PHILOSOPHY
489
From the Renaissance to Hume
491
The Italian Renaissance
495
Machiavelli
504
Erasmus and More
512
The Reformation and Counter Reformation
522

The Atomists
64
Protagoras
73
Socrates Plato and Aristotle Chapter xi Socrates
82
The Influence of Sparta
94
The Sources of Platos Opinions
104
Platos Utopia
108
The Theory of Ideas
119
Platos Theory of Immortality I 32
132
Platos Cosmogony
143
Knowledge and Perception in Plato
149
Aristotles Metaphysics
159
Aristotles Ethics
172
Aristotles Politics
184
Aristotles Logic
195
Astronomy
208
Ancient Philosophy after Aristotle
218
Plotinus
284
Introduction
301
The Fathers
308
Christianity During the First Four
324
Theology
352
Great
375
The Schoolmen
388
Century
407
Mohammedan Culture
419
The Twelfth Century
428
The Thirteenth Century
429
Saint Thomas Aquinas
452
Chapter v1 The Rise of Science
525
Francis Bacon
541
Hobbess Leviathan
546
Descartes
557
Spinoza
569
Leibniz
581
Philosophical Liberalism
596
Lockes Theory of Knowledge
604
Lockes Political Philosophy
617
Lockes Influence
641
Berkeley
647
Hume
659
From Rousseau to the Present Day
675
Rousseau
684
Kant
701
Currents of Thought in the Nine teenth Century
719
Hegel
730
Byron
746
Chapterxiv Schopenhauer
753
Nietzsche
760
The Utilitarians
773
Karl Marx
782
Bergson
791
William James
811
John Dewey
819
The Philosophy of Logical
828
Index
839
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic. He was best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. Together with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the main founders of modern analytic philosophy. Together with Kurt Gödel, he is regularly credited with being one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century. Over the course of a long career, Russell also made contributions to a broad range of subjects, including the history of ideas, ethics, political and educational theory, and religious studies. General readers have benefited from his many popular writings on a wide variety of topics. After a life marked by controversy--including dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York--Russell was awarded the Order of Merit in 1949 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Noted also for his many spirited anti-nuclear protests and for his campaign against western involvement in the Vietnam War, Russell remained a prominent public figure until his death at the age of 97.

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