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Since its first publication in 1945? Lord Russell's A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject -- unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace and wit. In seventy-six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century. Among the philosophers considered are: Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, the Atomists, Protagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Cynics, the Sceptics, the Epicureans, the Stoics, Plotinus, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, Benedict, Gregory the Great, John the Scot, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Occam, Machiavelli, Erasmus, More, Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, the Utilitarians, Marx, Bergson, James, Dewey, and lastly the philosophers with whom Lord Russell himself is most closely associated -- Cantor, Frege, and Whitehead, co-author with Russell of the monumental Principia Mathematica.
Aunque la traducción y la edición son mejorables, se trata de un libro exquisito.
Russell, con su elegancia literaria, con bastante claridad, no exenta de ironía, elabora una sucinta historia de la filosofía occidental hasta principios del siglo XX. De todos modos, Russell se inscribe en la tradición lógico-empirista, por lo que trata mejor a los pensadores de esa línea (Hume, Locke, Aristóteles, el Kant de la "Crítica de la razón pura", etc), mientras se muestra más crítico con la tendencia idealista-metafísica (Platón, Hegel, los racionalistas continentales de los siglos XVII y XVIII -salvo Spinoza-, la filosofía cristiana).
Emil Man Martínez said on Dec 29, 2010, 12:07
First encountered this thinker at university - was astounded at his prose writing for such often difficult subjects (reminded me of my own approach to writing 'about' philosophy!), and was pleased to read this massive volume several times .. you don't have to agree with all his conclusions, and really should read all the philosophers' own works to formulate your own opinions, but as an overview it is tremendously insightful and interesting.
Wallacekevin said on Dec 04, 2010, 16:33
Raymond Lee said on Jul 24, 2008, 14:26
Simply the authoritative guide to all western philsophy from Thales to modern times. Russell is brilliant. The story of the development of western religion is an integral part of the book, as this is what drove philosophy from the Romans until after the Renissance.
audioreader said on Apr 07, 2008, 01:48