A New History of Western Philosophy: In Four Parts

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A New History of Western Philosophy: In Four Parts

A New History of Western Philosophy: In Four Parts

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Specially written for a broad popular readership, but serious and deep enough to offer a genuine understanding of the great philosophers, Kenny's lucid and stimulating history will become the definitive work for anyone interested in the people and ideas that shaped the course of Western thought. I also like that in each period, Kenny engages in both a history part and a philosophy part, broken into branch of philosophy.

The title of the first chapter -- "Bentham to Nietzsche" -- is indicative of this cosmopolitan approach, as is the inclusion of thinkers as diverse as Schopenhauer and Mill in one chapter. His logic chapters are, for example, very difficult to understand for a general reader who has never undertaken any formal logic course.With Peter Geach, he has made a significant contribution to analytical Thomism, a movement whose aim is to present the thought of St.

The Rise of Modern Philosophyis the fascinating story of the emergence of the great ideas and worldviews of modern thought. Tell us why you liked or disliked the book; using examples and comparisons is a great way to do this. He gave equal attention to medieval philosophy as to philosophy from 1500s onward but the former’s impact on the modern world is much less significant. Anthony Kenny starts with the ancient Greek philosophers and shows how they set the stage for the reform of Athens, in the fourth and third centuries BC.The first section concerns with the intellectual history that gave some brief summaries of and historical background behind the philosophical views. To my mind, the real problem lies in the fate of the five philosophers Kenny does portray here in the subsequent topical chapters: with the exception of Freud and Husserl, in the nine topical chapters to follow there is nothing by way of substantive discussion of any of the remaining three figures discussed in this chapter (and I should note that Husserl's views receive roughly three further pages of discussion, while Freud's get roughly five across two separate chapters). Reddit and its partners use cookies and similar technologies to provide you with a better experience. Kenny explained that a reader who is concerned with intellectual history can look at the chronological survey in the first section. Unrivaled in its authority and range, the book is ideal for anyone with an interest in Western thought.

It should be reminded, however, that one should be prepared to read this work with patience and diligence. He presents the complex net of ideas through the lenses of all relevant philosophers since ancient times. Looking for illumination in parallel passages in Aquinas' works, Kenny tries to clarify the meaning of each alleged proof, often disagreeing with other expositors. However, he questioned the validity of Roman Catholic doctrine and has been an agnostic since the late 1960s. Within the university, Kenny was Wilde Lecturer in Natural and Comparative Religion (1969–72), Speaker's Lecturer in Biblical Studies (1980–83), a member of the Hebdomadal Council (1981–93), Vice-chairman of the Libraries Board (1985–88), Curator of the Bodleian Library (1985–88) and a Delegate, and member of the Finance Committee, of Oxford University Press (1986–93).

You can go back to it whenever you need a cliffnotes version of a thinkers life and works, and I’ve found it works well as a primer for a specific text you’re beginning to study.



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