A New History of Western Philosophy

Paperback | August 1, 2012

byAnthony Kenny

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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. Heintroduces 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 theway 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 andhow 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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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. Heintroduces us to the great thinkers and their i...

Sir Anthony Kenny has been President of the British Academy, and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He has written many books on the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy, including both scholarly and popular works on Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Wittgenstein.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1088 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Ancient Philosophy1. Beginnings: From Pythagoras to Plato2. Schools of Thought: From Aristotle to Augustine3. Argument and Reason: Logic4. Knowledge and its Limits5. How Things Happen: Physics6. What There Is: Metaphysics7. Soul and Mind8. How to Live: Ethics9. GodPart II: Medieval Philosophy10. Philosophy and Faith: Augustine to Maimonides11. The Schoolmen: From the Twelfth Century to the Renaissance12. Logic and Language13. Knowledge14. Physics15. Metaphysics16. Mind and Soul17. Ethics18. GodPart III: The Rise of Modern Philosophy19. Sixteenth-Century Philosophy20. Descartes to Berkeley21. Hume to Hegel22. Knowledge23. Physics24. Metaphysics25. Mind and Soul26. Ethics27. Political Philosophy28. GodPart IV: Philosophy in the Modern World29. From Bentham to Nietzsche30. From Peirce to Strawson31. From Freud to Derrida32. Logic33. Language34. Epistemology35. Metaphysics36. Philosophy of Mind37. Ethics38. Aesthetics39. Politics40. GodChronology

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Review from previous edition: "Not only an authoritative guide to the history of philosophy, but also a compelling introduction to every major area of philosophical enquiry." --Times Higher Education