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History of Western Philosophy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    Just started but already blown away

    Just finished the Greek/Roman sections and am moving on into the Dark Ages. Russell does very well in not short changing the reader with the technical specifics of the philosophies/questions that are considered by the philosophers, and does not dumb down the scope of the work into simply a timeline. It's clear that his main concern is to trace the development of the philosophical process in the western mind,yet in doing so, he necessarily spends quality time in detailing the social and historical events that shape the trends up to the present (I would imagine). I'm not a philosopher and mostly sat in the back of my Philisophy 200 course thoroughly bewildered, but I'm not turned off by this book. It's slow going, but worth it, and I'm coming away with what I feel to be an understanding of basic philosophic principles that I was lacking. It's also a great history read as his scholarship seems pretty solid. It's great to read such a comprehensive book that I can mentally cross reference with other larger history books (Roth's History of the Jews, and college texts I can't remember), and see them intersect so neatly.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    A Valuable Work for Philosophical Research

    Russell's work in the field of the history of philosophy is excellent. This work can very effectively be used for research or entertainment reading. The style is somewhat colloquial which enables easy reading unlike many other more formal works. This book is very friendly to a beginning philosopher and rarely requires outside knowledge to interpret.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    If you are looking for a concise, yet extremely precise, compila

    If you are looking for a concise, yet extremely precise, compilation of Western Philosophy look no further, for Russell
    writes with profound lucidity and accurate authenticity that is unmatched. Focusing specifically on each significant philosophers philosophy, Russell uses impressive language to surmise their ideas and opinions. However, for the sake of brevity, even though 895 pages, this book is an summary of everything philosophy from Thales to John Dewey. This book is an exceptional read for someone interested in something rather exceptional.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Excellent Book

    Russell's breezy style and detailed knowledge of the subject matter makes this book a very interesting read. There is (almost) no math, but a lot of insights into the interwoven relationship between history and philosophy through the ages. For Russell, philosophy is that space between scientific knowledge and religious faith and he thoroughly enjoys dissecting the errors of the renowned inhabitants of that space over the past many centuries. What comes through most clearly is that history has guided philosophy far more than philosophy has changed the course of history.

    It is a lengthy book, but I wish it was longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    IMPRESSIVE

    Massive, yet beautiful read. Very well put together and structered. Valuable reference source.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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