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“The 22 chapters of this history are lucidly written and with enough humour in them to cheer up the educated general reader even in the midst of the most arid of philosophical discussions.” Times Higher Education Supplement
"This is simply a jolly good read, with pithy historical and biographical scene-setters, authoritative accounts of how successive philosophers have contributed to the development of Western thought, and often brilliant single-sentence summaries." Church Times
"A richly detailed, critical look at philosophy, displaying both Kenny's love for philosophical engagement and for good history...Kenny's style is unpretentious, effective, and at times wonderfully informal and amiable." Review of Metaphysics
Spanning 2,500 years of thought, An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy provides essential coverage of the most influential philosophers of the Western world, among them Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud, Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein.
Replete with over 60 illustrations - ranging from Dufresnoy’s The Death of Socrates, through to the title page of Thomas More’s Utopia, portraits of Hobbes and Rousseau, photographs of Charles Darwin and Bertrand Russell, Freud’s own sketch of the Ego and the Id, and Wittgenstein’s Austrian military identity card - this lucid and masterful work is ideal for anyone with an interest in Western thought.
I am surprised that there are so many negative reviews of this excellent book; it seems most unfair and dishonest. Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by Bishop Nicholashugh
I bought this as a gift for my 23 year old son. So far he loves it!!! He is not one to over rate things.Published on December 25, 2008 by T. Dugger
Kenny is devoted to the cult of Wittgenstein. But Wittgenstein personifies the type of philosophers who not only consider themselves on an intellectual par with natural... Read morePublished on April 19, 2005 by Eric Lee
The puzzle which Kenny claims no scientist has addressed was solved LONG AGO by Niels Bohr's principle of complementarity, which Bohr himself explicity applied to the free will... Read morePublished on January 20, 2005 by Richard S. Peters
Kenny begins the book by criticizing Russell. Yet all the supposed faults of Russell - bias, "notorious" unfair treatment of some philosophers, etc. Read morePublished on November 18, 2004 by Alex Dower
I think Mr. Lee's objecton to Kenny's statement about free will is quite reasonable. Kenny's statement is offensive and out of place in a work of this nature - even more so... Read morePublished on November 2, 2004 by J.E.S.
On p. 309 there is this sentence: "It is not a matter of doubt that we possess free will." Quite apart from the fact that this fundamental question in philosophy is... Read morePublished on April 14, 2004 by Bibliophile