History of Western Philosophy

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Routledge, Feb 24, 2004 - Philosophy - 792 pages
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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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User Review  - Ian Paganus - Goodreads

Overview Bertrand Russell's History consists of 76 Chapters, almost all under 20 pages. Each Chapter contains a summary of one major philosopher's key arguments interlaced with criticism that reflects ... Read full review

Review: A History of Western Philosophy

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

The book falls apart as soon as it gets to the modern philosophy, but I really enjoyed the parts on the more obscure pieces of philosophy (pre-socrates and post-aristotle to Descartes). Read full review


BOOK ONE Ancient Philosophy
BOOK TWO Catholic Philosophy
BOOK THREE Modern Philosophy

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was born in England and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. His long career established him as one of the most influential philosophers, mathematicians, and social reformers of the twentieth century.

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