A History of Philosophy, Volume 3
Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit and specialist in the history of philosophy, first created his history as an introduction for Catholic ecclesiastical seminaries. However, since its first publication (the last volume appearing in the mid-1970s) the series has become the classic account for all philosophy scholars and students. The 11-volume series gives an accessible account of each philosopher's work, but also explains their relationship to the work of other philosophers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This was a very good, comprehensive overview of the philosophy of the Middle Ages, focused especially on the period from Augustine of Hippo to Duns Scotus, but touching on some areas outside of that as well. Thomas Aquinas, of course, takes up the largest chunk of the book of any of the philosophers covered. I was also impressed that Coplestone covered some of the more "obscure" -- or at least less known -- figures of Medieval philosophy, such as Giles of Rome. I have only two complaints about the book. My first complaint is that Coplestone is a bit of a dry writer. Aristotle, the favorite ancient of most of the Middle Ages in the West, is a dry philosopher. So, when you combine the two, you often have long periods of reading's equivalent to the sound that Charlie Brown's teacher makes. My other complaint is that Coplestone spends too much time trying to justify the philosophers rather than letting them speak for themselves. All said, this book is a good introduction to the subject.
Review: A History of Philosophy: 11 Volume SetUser Review - Goodreads
Have only read his treatment of the Scholastics and that of Schopenhauer, but damn me if it wasn't fantastic. Here is the objectivity Russell was sorely missing.
A history of philosophy: volume III: Ockham to Suárez
Frederick Charles Copleston
Limited preview - 1953