A Short History of Modern Philosophy

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Discover for yourself the pleasures of philosophy! Written both for the seasoned student of philosophy as well as the general reader, the renowned writer Roger Scruton provides a survey of modern philosophy. Always engaging, Scruton takes us on a fascinating tour of the subject, from founding father Descartes to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. He identifies all the principal figures as well as outlines of the main intellectual preoccupations that have ...
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A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein

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Discover for yourself the pleasures of philosophy! Written both for the seasoned student of philosophy as well as the general reader, the renowned writer Roger Scruton provides a survey of modern philosophy. Always engaging, Scruton takes us on a fascinating tour of the subject, from founding father Descartes to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. He identifies all the principal figures as well as outlines of the main intellectual preoccupations that have informed western philosophy. Painting a portrait of modern philosophy that is vivid and animated, Scruton introduces us to some of the greatest philosophical problems invented in this period and pursued ever since. Including material on recent debates, A Short History of Modern Philosophy is already established as the classic introduction. Read it and find out why.
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'Dr Scruton writes with an unusual clarity and fluency, and is always a pleasure to read . . . this is certainly a book which you could give to anyone who was curious about philosophy and expect them to learn a lot from it.' - Alan Ryan, author of Bertrand Russell: A Political Life

'Anyone seeking a short and intelligible introduction to the ideas and intentions of Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel and Marx, among others, need look no further.' - Good Book Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415267632
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/9/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 783,067
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Roger Scruton (1944 - ). Philosopher, author, journalist, composer and editor of the Salisbury Review, considered to be one of the world's leading conservative philosophers.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
1 History of philosophy and history of ideas 3
2 The rise of modern philosophy 12
3 Descartes 27
4 The Cartesian revolution 38
5 Spinoza 47
6 Leibniz 64
7 Locke and Berkeley 79
8 The idea of a moral science 102
9 Hume 115
10 Kant I: The Critique of Pure Reason 133
11 Kant II: Ethics and aesthetics 144
12 Hegel 161
13 Reactions: Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche 176
14 Political philosophy from Hobbes to Hegel 193
15 Marx 208
16 Utilitarianism and after 222
17 Frege 237
18 Phenomenology and existentialism 250
19 Wittgenstein 267
Bibliography 280
Index 296
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