- Series: Routledge Classics
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 11, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415267633
- ISBN-13: 978-0415267632
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein (Routledge Classics) (Volume 107) 1st Edition
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'Dr Scruton writes with an unusual clarity and fluency, and is always a pleasure to read . . . this is certainly a book which you could give to anyone who was curious about philosophy and expect them to learn a lot from it.' - Alan Ryan, author of Bertrand Russell: A Political Life
'Anyone seeking a short and intelligible introduction to the ideas and intentions of Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel and Marx, among others, need look no further.' - Good Book Guide
About the Author
Roger Scruton (1944 - ). Philosopher, author, journalist, composer and editor of the Salisbury Review, considered to be one of the world's leading conservative philosophers.
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The book is as lucid as Scruton can make it. He throws up his hands (figuratively) in some cases, arguing that Hegel and Heidegger, e.g., can be very difficult to understand. In general, this is not a book for the general reader. Nor is it a book for the deeply-rooted specialist. He does not use diagrams, pictures or colorful illustrative examples, as some introductory guides do. This is straight history for those with more than a passing familiarity with the subject. On the other hand, it is written with urgency as he takes us from figure to figure, noting prior influences (some of which skip generations). There is actual drama within the narrative as he heads toward Wittgenstein.
I note that RS is often identified as a ‘conservative’ philosopher, but he writes with fairness and objectivity. His disagreements are philosophic rather than political or religious and he apportions praise and (a little) blame based on the thinker’s philosophic depth and acuity.
He speaks about the different senses of ‘modern philosophy’, noting that some do not think we get truly modern philosophy until the twentieth century. I found his tracing of the long shadows of Cartesianism particularly telling and his discussion of Wittgenstein’s concept of the ‘language game’ very lucid.
I have read several of Scruton’s other books and have enjoyed them, particularly his Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Culture and his recent book, The Soul of the World. His work repays attention.