Etienne Gilson The best summary of this book is in the authors words from the forword: "It is the proper aim and scope of the present book to show that the history of philosophy makes philosophical sense, and to define its meaning in regard to the nature of philosophical knowledge itself. For that reason, the various doctrines, as well as the definite parts of these doctrines, which have been taken into account in this volume, should not be considered as arbitrarily selected fragments from some abridged description of the medieval and modern philosophy, but as a series of concrete philosophical experiments especially chosen for their dogmatic significance. Each of them represents a definite attempt to deal with philosophical knowledge according to a certain method, and all of them, taken together, make up a philosophical experience. The fact that all those experiments have yielded the same result will, as I hope, justify the common conclusion...that there is a centuries long experience of what philosophical knowledge is—and that such an experience exhibits a remarkable unity."
Delightful reading. Like a thriller, you just cannot drop it till the end page. Please bring it to Kindle format and I'll buy it AGAIN.Published 22 months ago by Anthony Bates
When Etienne Gilson looked at the history of philosophy he saw a cycle repeated numerous times. To put it entirely too briefly, a new philosophical movement arises out of... Read morePublished on September 4, 2011 by Jordan M. Poss
"The Unity of Philosophical Experience" is an incredibly boring book by leading "Neo"-Thomist expositor Etienne Gilson. But then, have you ever read a *fun* book by a Thomist? Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by Ashtar Command
This book is a deceptively light read. Gilson's writing is so clear that it's easy to miss the profundity of it. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by all4dopamine
This is a good book. However, it's not the best book ever written on the history of philosophy. For one thing, the focus is mostly on metaphysics, which is only one branch of... Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by JJ Sylvia IV
This is one of my favorite books. I regularly recommend it as the best single book in the history of philosophy. Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by Michael Pakaluk
I found this little book a quarter of a century ago. I have never seen it since, but I've never forgotten it. Read morePublished on August 13, 2000 by P. Hines