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A New History of Western Philosophy

Anthony Kenny (University of Oxford)



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Oxford University Press
24 November 2010
Philosophy; History of Western philosophy; Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500; Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600; Western philosophy, from c 1900 -; Popular philosophy; Christian theology; History of ideas
This book is no less than a guide to the whole of Western philosophy DS the ideas that have undergirded our civilization for two-and-a-half thousand years. Anthony Kenny tells the story of philosophy from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment into the modern world. He introduces us to the great thinkers and their ideas, starting with Plato, Aristotle, and the other founders of Western thought. In the second part of the book he takes us through a thousand years of medieval philosophy, and shows us the rich intellectual legacy of Christian thinkers like Augustine, Aquinas, and Ockham. Moving into the early modern period, we explore the great works of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Leibniz, Spinoza, Hume, and Kant, which remain essential reading today. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Hegel, Mill, Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein again transformed the way we see the world. Running though the book are certain themes which have been constant concerns of philosophy since its early beginnings: the fundamental questions of what exists and how we can know about it; the nature of humanity, the mind, truth, and meaning; the place of God in the universe; how we should live and how society should be ordered. Anthony Kenny traces the development of these themes through the centuries: we see how the questions asked and answers offered by the great philosophers of the past remain vividly alive today.

Anyone interested in ideas and their history will find this a fascinating and stimulating read
By:   Anthony Kenny (University of Oxford)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 59mm
Weight:   1.710kg
ISBN:   9780199589883
ISBN 10:   0199589887
Series:   New History of Western Philosophy
Pages:   1088
Publication Date:   24 November 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
PART I: ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY; 1. Beginnings: From Pythagoras to Plato; 2. Schools of Thought: From Aristotle to Augustine; 3. Argument and Reason: Logic; 4. Knowledge and its Limits; 5. How Things Happen: Physics; 6. What There Is: Metaphysics; 7. Soul and Mind; 8. How to Live: Ethics; 9. God; PART II: MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY; 10. Philosophy and Faith: Augustine to Maimonides; 11. The Schoolmen: From the Twelfth Century to the Renaissance; 12. Logic and Language; 13. Knowledge; 14. Physics; 15. Metaphysics; 16. Mind and Soul; 17. Ethics; 18. God; PART III: THE RISE OF MODERN PHILOSOPHY; 19. Sixteenth-Century Philosophy; 20. Descartes to Berkeley; 21. Hume to Hegel; 22. Knowledge; 23. Physics; 24. Metaphysics; 25. Mind and Soul; 26. Ethics; 27. Political Philosophy; 28. God; PART IV: PHILOSOPHY IN THE MODERN WORLD; 29. From Bentham to Nietzsche; 30. From Peirce to Strawson; 31. From Freud to Derrida; 32. Logic; 33. Language; 34. Epistemology; 35. Metaphysics; 36. Philosophy of Mind; 37. Ethics; 38. Aesthetics; 39. Politics; 40. God; Chronology

Reviews for A New History of Western Philosophy

<br> Kenny's authoritative work, compiling four volumes, is the finest single-author history of Western philosophy since Frederick Copleston- a Herculean task executed with erudition and entertainment. From the dream of the ancient Greeks to the deconstruction of postmodernists, he accessibly treats the major branches of philosophy: ethics, politics, religion, epistemology, language, metaphysics, aesthetics, and logic. --Christopher, Benson --First Things<br><br><p><br>

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