A New History of Western Philosophy [NOOK Book]

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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 through a thousand ...
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Overview

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 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
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191642913
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 8/26/2010
  • Series: New History of Western Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 317,202
  • File size: 4 MB

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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Table of Contents

General Introduction ix

Part 1 Ancient Philosophy

List of Contents of Part 1 3

Introduction to Part 1 7

1 Beginnings: From Pythagoras to Plato 8

2 Schools of Thought: From Aristotle to Augustine 57

3 How to Argue: Logic 95

4 Knowledge and its Limits: Epistemology 118

5 How Things Happen: Physics 143

6 What There Is: Metaphysics 160

7 Soul and Mind 183

8 How to Live: Ethics 204

9 God 228

Part 2 Medieval Philosophy

List of Contents of Part 2 253

Introduction to Part 2 257

1 Philosophy and Faith: Augustine to Maimonides 261

2 The Schoolmen: From the Twelfth Century to the Renaissance 299

3 Logic and Language 344

4 Knowledge 375

5 Physics 391

6 Metaphysics 401

7 Mind and Soul 420

8 Ethics 449

9 God 468

Part 3 The Rise of Modern Philosophy

List of Contents of Part 3 497

Introduction to Part 3 501

1 Sixteenth-Century Philosophy 503

2 Descartes to Berkeley 526

3 Hume to Hegel 562

4 Knowledge 588

5 Physics 624

6 Metaphysics 636

7 Mind and Soul 659

8 Ethics 685

9 Political Philosophy 705

10 God 727

Part 4 Philosophy in the Modern World

List of Contents of Part 4 751

Introduction to Part 4 755

1 Bentham to Nietzsche 757

2 Peirce to Strawson 781

3 Freud to Derrida 810

4 Logic 829

5 Language 848

6 Epistemology 865

7 Metaphysics 884

8 Philosophy of Mind 901

9 Ethics 922

10 Aesthetics 945

11 Political Philosophy 961

12 God 977

Chronology 997

Abbreviations and Conventions 1001

Bibliography 1015

Index 1045

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    flawed execution of excellent series

    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.

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