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By Anthony Kenny

ISBN-10: 0199589887

ISBN-13: 9780199589883

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This e-book is not any lower than a consultant to the full of Western philosophy -- the information that experience undergirded our civilization for two-and-a-half thousand years. Anthony Kenny tells the tale of philosophy from historical Greece in the course of the center a long time and the Enlightenment into the trendy global. He introduces us to the nice thinkers and their rules, beginning with Plato, Aristotle, and the opposite founders of Western notion. within the moment a part of the e-book he is taking us via 1000 years
of medieval philosophy, and indicates us the wealthy highbrow legacy of Christian thinkers like Augustine, Aquinas, and Ockham. getting into the early smooth interval, we discover the good works of Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Leibniz, Spinoza, Hume, and Kant, which stay crucial examining this present day. within the
nineteenth and 20th centuries, Hegel, Mill, Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein back reworked the best way we see the area.

Running notwithstanding the ebook are definite issues that have been consistent matters of philosophy because its early beginnings: the elemental questions of what exists and the way we will learn about it; the character of humanity, the brain, fact, and that means; where of God within the universe; how we must always dwell and the way society might be ordered. Anthony Kenny lines the improvement of those subject matters during the centuries: we see how the questions requested and solutions provided by way of the good philosophers of the prior
remain vividly alive this present day.

Anyone drawn to rules and their historical past will locate this a desirable and stimulating read

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"Kenny's authoritative paintings, compiling 4 volumes, is the best single-author heritage of Western philosophy when you consider that Frederick Copleston- a Herculean activity carried out with erudition and leisure. From the dream of the traditional Greeks to the deconstruction of postmodernists, he accessibly treats the foremost branches of philosophy: ethics, politics, faith, epistemology, language, metaphysics, aesthetics, and common sense. --Christopher, Benson --First Things

About the Author

Sir Anthony Kenny is certainly one of Britain's such a lot wonderful educational figures. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the college of Oxford, grasp of Balliol university, Chairman of the Board of the British Library, and President of the British Academy. He has released greater than 40 books on philosophy and historical past.

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