A New History of Western Philosophyby Anthony Kenny
This book is no less than a guide to the whole of Western philosophy 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
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This book is no less than a guide to the whole of Western philosophy 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 througha 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 readingtoday. 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 pastremain vividly alive today.Anyone interested in ideas and their history will find this a fascinating and stimulating read
Meet the Author
Sir Anthony Kenny is one of Britain's most distinguished academic figures. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Master of Balliol College, Chairman of the Board of the British Library, and President of the British Academy. He has published more than forty books on philosophy and history.
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I used this book in a course st Cambridge and reslly enjoyed reading it
This review is limited to a criticism of the binding used in this volume, which is a compilation of what was originally published in four hardback volumes. Simply put, the binding is inadequate and unworthy of Kenny"s effort. The book is too thick for the simple "perfect" binding employed. At a minimum, the glue needs to be thicker. This spine of this volume "cracks" with only modest usage, and the book will almost certainly fall apart in time. If necessary, OUP should charge a bit more for a better made book.