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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book is more for the student of philosophy than the general reader.

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But this was not the case. It is however a monumental piece of work containing much to be admired, but unfortunately it was too difficult for me to enjoy. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. My U3A Philosophy Group uses this as our basis for study and it sparks a great deal of discussion. The first few chapters of each volume provide a chronological overview of each period but we really like the following chapters that are based on the main areas of philosophy e.

Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics. This enables us to see the development of particular ideas for the period in question, and the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments.

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It also enables us to pick and choose, which we did for the Ancients, skipped the Medievals and are now started the 16th and 17th century volume 3. I think we will study all the chapters in this volume as the period is fundamental for the 20th century onwards. It can be hard at times, being able to discuss it in a group helps us to get to grips and philosophy is a discipline that benefits from discussion. The group comes from mixed backgrounds; two of us studied philosophy at university either as single or dual honours degrees but the others haven't. It takes us a long time to get through as the group likes to take its time and discuss fully.

More up-to-date and less polemical than Bertrand Russell's History. This is an amazing book.

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It might just be the way i like to learn, but when the history is divided out so that you can read the history of the philosophers, and then the history of their thought, it makes for an amazingly well written and well edited book. Marvellous value for the money.

This is far better than Bertrand Russell's earlier history of western philosophy. It also, of course, takes us more or less up to date. It could be used by students of all kinds. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. Good price, too heavy the Portuguese edition was divided in four books. An excellent book for students, teachers and everyone who loves philosophy.

Very clear introduction re layout and approach, with excellent linking of theory and historical context. Neither simplistic nor intellectually obscure. I am 'enjoying' it more than I thought This is an outstanding contribution to the history of philosophy. The presentation of the ideas of major philosophers and schools of philosophy is comprehensive and beautifully written. Anthony Kenny provides a subtle critique of the ideas he explores, as well as a few personal details about philosophers that bring them to life.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I was wondering whether any one has read this book and also Bertrand Russell's 'A History of Western Philosophy', because I am stuck between which one to buy have a book budget I am studying western philosophy at uni, and want a book that goes into extensive detail, but isn't super complex I have heard that Russell is rather bias, is he to an extent that it could be confusing?

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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 07, WarpDrive rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy. A must read for all individuals seriously interested in the history of Western Philosophy. Reading this full book can be a significant but very rewarding undertaking.

What a great read!! I'll be unpacking these ideas and newly formed list of books to read for a long, long time! I feel like I just went through a very broad and relatively detailed overview of Western Philosophy. Kenny's writing is informative, sometimes witty, concise and extremely organized.

The Greek philosopher section was pretty dense as he was condensing a lot of information into those pages. I'll review this book in more fun detail and link it here in a day or 2. I'm off to polish of the What a great read!! Jul 22, Tso William rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , history , philosophy , intellectual-history. A Gothic church has her beautiful stained glass windows, paintings and all other exquisite adornments but they merely suggest or altogether fail to tell us the underlying structure that supports the church itself. The relation between ideas and philosophy is similar.

Philosophy reveals what is the underlying flows behind the intellectual ideas.

It is, therefore, an x-ray version of the intellectual history. Books on the history of philosophy are not in short supply. A History of Philosophy by Frederick Copleston is more objective and much more exhaustive but it runs more than several thousand pages. As their very titles suggest, one cannot hope to get much from them.

From Thales in the fifth century BC to Quine in the twentieth century, Kenny introduced us the ideas of all the major philosophers in the Western civilization. In each volume, he divided the narrative into two sections. The first section concerns with the intellectual history that gave some brief summaries of and historical background behind the philosophical views.

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The second section is divided into a number of thematic chapters. Depending on the different periods, some topics were treated extensively, while others disappeared totally. Logic, for example, was briefly absent in Rise of Modern Philosophy but reappear in the later volume. Physics is no longer a stand-alone philosophical subject after Newton and accordingly Kenny was silent on it in Modern Philosophy.

Whether this two-sections approach is appropriate is open to question. Kenny explained that a reader who is concerned with intellectual history can look at the chronological survey in the first section. The second sections are for readers who are interested in specific philosophical issues.

However firstly, his account of intellectual history is less than satisfactory. Secondly, his thematic treatments have torn coherent philosophical ideas into pieces.