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History of Western Philosophy

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Book Summary of History of Western Philosophy

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.

Details of Book: History of Western Philosophy (BSID:79261)

Book History of Western Philosophy
Author Bertrand Russell
ISBN 0415325056
ISBN-13 9780415325059, 978-0415325059
Binding Paperback
Publisher R-classics
Publishing Date 2004
Number of Pages 780
Language English
Dimensions 8.46 x 5.47 x 1.85 inches
Weight 936 grams

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Austin December 08, 2010 review from Goodreads

When I was younger I had a vague hope that this book would spare me having to read any of the philosophers it discusses. That isn't true at all, fortunately or unfortunately. Russell has very idiosyncratic views of some philosophers, such as Epicurus, who he carelessly misrepresents, and Nietzsch...

Jared May 15, 2007 review from Goodreads

This book is invaluable to me. I first read it as a high schooler & young college student, and I have never stopped reading it since. This has served as a resource/reference for countless various reasons. Mr. Russell offers a pretty comprehensive account of Western, intellectual history here,...

Animesh May 24, 2007 review from Goodreads

This is the mother of all books!This tome was apparently dictated by Bertrand Russell to his secretary during his lecture trips in America as he traveled by train across the country in the 1920s.It is witty, provocative, profound, and informative all at the same time.If you want to know what geni...

Nickolette January 07, 2011 review from Goodreads

This is fucking huuuuge. The subject as well. If you think Rome was wicked, just wait and see what happens after Christ. To go through Christianity and the Dark Ages was dreadful, let alone live it. But as philosophers come closer to our times it gets more and more interesting, familiar but not n...

Richard March 17, 2008 review from Goodreads

Reading Bertrand Russell was a great surprise because his writing is so clear. He relates philosophers to their cultural contexts, an idea overused today, but Russell acheives a balance between philosophy as a mere expression of culture versus philosophy as having claims we can test and which we...

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