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History of Western Philosophy : Routledge Classics - Bertrand Russell

History of Western Philosophy

Routledge Classics

Paperback Published: April 2004
ISBN: 9780415325059
Number Of Pages: 792

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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, Russell's History of Western Philosophy offered a cogent précis of its subject.

Of course this cannot be the only reason it ended up the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century.

Russell's book was '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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'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

Masterpiece. A truly magisterial work!


Outstanding! A truly magisterial work. A sweeping view of the giants of western thought from one of the greatest souls the West has ever produced. A classic.



Less of a history, more of a...


Spends most of his time criticising, as the egotistical Bertrand Russell was one to do. Completely neglects Heidegger.



History of Western Philosophy

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Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
p. 11
The Pre-Socraticsp. 13
The Rise of Greek Civilizationp. 15
The Milesian Schoolp. 33
Pythagorasp. 38
Heraclitusp. 46
Parmenidesp. 55
Empedoclesp. 60
Athens in Relation to Culturep. 65
Anaxagorasp. 68
The Atomistsp. 71
Protagorasp. 80
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotlep. 87
Socratesp. 89
The Influence of Spartap. 99
The Sources of Plato's Opinionsp. 108
Plato's Utopiap. 111
The Theory of Ideasp. 121
Plato's Theory of Immortalityp. 132
Plato's Cosmogonyp. 142
Knowledge and Perception in Platop. 148
Aristotle's Metaphysicsp. 157
Aristotle's Ethicsp. 168
Aristotle's Politicsp. 179
Aristotle's Logicp. 188
Aristotle's Physicsp. 195
Early Greek Mathematics and Astronomyp. 200
Ancient Philosophy After Aristotlep. 209
The Hellenistic Worldp. 211
Cynics and Scepticsp. 220
The Epicureansp. 230
Stoicismp. 241
The Roman Empire in Relation to Culturep. 257
Plotinusp. 269
Catholic Philosophyp. 281
Introductionp. 283
The Fathersp. 289
The Religious Development of the Jewsp. 291
Christianity During the First Four Centuriesp. 305
Three Doctors of the Churchp. 314
St Augustine's Philosophy and Theologyp. 329
The Fifth and Sixth Centuriesp. 341
St Benedict and Gregory the Greatp. 349
The Schoolmenp. 361
The Papacy in the Dark Agesp. 363
John the Scotp. 374
Ecclesiastical Reform in the Eleventh Centuryp. 380
Mohammedan Culture and Philosophyp. 390
The Twelfth Centuryp. 398
The Thirteenth Centuryp. 409
St Thomas Aquinasp. 418
Franciscan Schoolmenp. 428
The Eclipse of the Papacyp. 439
p. 449
From the Renaissance to Humep. 451
General Characteristicsp. 453
The Italian Renaissancep. 457
Machiavellip. 465
Erasmus and Morep. 472
The Reformation and Counter-Reformationp. 481
The Rise of Sciencep. 484
Francis Baconp. 497
Hobbes's Leviathanp. 501
Descartesp. 511
Spinozap. 521
Leibnizp. 531
Philosophical Liberalismp. 544
Locke's Theory of Knowledgep. 551
Locke's Political Philosophyp. 563
Locke's Influencep. 583
Berkeleyp. 589
Humep. 600
From Rousseau to the Present Dayp. 613
The Romantic Movementp. 615
Rousseaup. 623
Kantp. 637
Currents of Thought in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 652
Hegelp. 661
Byronp. 675
Schopenhauerp. 681
Nietzschep. 687
The Utilitariansp. 698
Karl Marxp. 706
Bergsonp. 714
William Jamesp. 723
John Deweyp. 730
The Philosophy of Logical Analysisp. 738
Indexp. 745
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ISBN: 9780415325059
ISBN-10: 0415325056
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 792
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.9  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.96
Edition Number: 2