A History of Western Philosophy 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0670802432
ISBN-10: 0670802433
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From Publishers Weekly

Hamlyn's survey is more than an academic history of ideas, for he attempts to weigh the achievements of the philosophers discussed and recreate their thought processes. His narrative is subtle and skeptical, as one would expect from someone who is himself a philosopher and editor of the journal Mind. Hamlyn stands Sartre on his head by arguing that existentialism is totally incompatible with Marxism. Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who put the human body at the hub of phenomenal fields, is arguably the best French philosopher of this century, in the author's judgment. Another section explains why some people are repelled by Spinoza's monism (the belief that we are all modifications of the one substance, which is God). From the pre-Socratics of Asia Minor to Bertrand Russell and Michel Foucault, philosophers are challenged on their own turf by this succinct survey.
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From Library Journal

Not since Bertrand Russell's immensely popular (though highly opinionated) History of Western Philosophy (1945) have many philosophers attempted to cover the entire range of Western philosophical thought in one volume. In this new work Hamlyn (University of London) has succeeded not only in chronicling the lives of the greater philosophers from Thales to Merleau-Ponty but in showing the influence of their ideas within a wider social and historical context. The book thus serves as a concise general outline to the major trends of Western intellectual thought in addition to being an excellent resource on individual philosophers. A short but well-selected annotated bibliography is provided for those who wish to read further. Clearly written and up to date, this book is highly recommended for students and general readers. Raymond Frey, Drew Univ . Lib., Madison, N.J.
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