- Series: New History of Western Philosophy
- Paperback: 1058 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (October 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199656495
- ISBN-13: 978-0199656493
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 2.3 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kenny's authoritative work, compiling four volumes, is the finest single-author history of Western philosophy since Frederick Copleston- a Herculean task executed with erudition and entertainment. From the dream of the ancient Greeks to the deconstruction of postmodernists, he accessibly treats the major branches of philosophy: ethics, politics, religion, epistemology, language, metaphysics, aesthetics, and logic. --Christopher, Benson --First Things
About the Author
Sir Anthony Kenny is one of Britain's most distinguished academic figures. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Master of Balliol College, Chairman of the Board of the British Library, and President of the British Academy. He has published more than forty books on philosophy and history.
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As others have pointed out, this history is particularly unique for its acknowledgement of thinkers that are traditionally excluded from histories of philosophy but which have influenced the development of philosophy in lasting and compelling ways. Additionally, and most surprisingly, Sir Kenny's history remains remarkably accessible and enjoyable throughout without sacrificing clarity and precision. Truly a unique contribution and one that will likely grow in acclaim as years go on.
Kenny does something rare, which is to credit the influence that Marx, Darwin, and Freud had on philosophy, even though they rarely can be counted as philosophers. Intended as an introductory undergraduate text, it's really good as such. Don't ask it to be comprehensive and don't ask Kenny to give your favorite philosopher more pages than another in the same period. As is, it's pretty fantastic and a welcome history.
Content-wise it is quite good.
Maybe it was the fault of having just read Pinker's fantastic _The Sense of Style_, but I was disappointed that Kenny and his editors did not put more effort into the English composition of the text. Along with composition, as GJW noted in their review, the Kindle version is chock-full of sloppy errors which significantly detract from the experience.
That being said, the text is extremely well informed. There is a great deal of information and synthesis here. I'm glad I read it, but unlike Gottlieb's _Dream of Reason_ or Durant's _The Story of Philosophy_, I will not read this book again. It was too painful. I will keep the Kindle version as a reference, but will not attempt to re-read it in its entirety.