A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand RussellSince its first publication in 1945 Lord Russells A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject—unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace and 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, co-author with Russell of the monumental Principia Mathematica.
A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day
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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. This book its about philosophers some of them and philosophies. Russell, in a clear and concise style, exposes the ideas and the social context of the most important philosophers in the Western Bertrand Arthur William Russell 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.
View Larger Image. SYNOPSIS: Since its first publication in , Lord Russell's A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject - unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace and wit. In seventy-six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century. Educated at home and at Trinity College, Cambridge. During World War I, served four months in prison as a pacifist, where he wrote Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy. In , published first volume of Principia Mathematica with Alfred Whitehead.
A survey of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratic philosophers to the early 20th century, it was criticised for Russell's over-generalization and omissions, particularly from the post- Cartesian period, but nevertheless became a popular and commercial success, and has remained in print from its first publication. Its success provided Russell with financial security for the last part of his life. The book was written during the Second World War , having its origins in a series of lectures on the history of philosophy that Russell gave at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia during and The book was published in in the United States and a year later in the UK. It was re-set as a 'new edition' in , but no new material was added. Corrections and minor revisions were made to printings of the British first edition and for 's new edition; no corrections seem to have been transferred to the American edition even Spinoza's birth year remains wrong. The work is divided into three books, each of which is subdivided into chapters; each chapter generally deals with a single philosopher, school of philosophy, or period of time.