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History of Western Philosophy (Routledge Classics)

History of Western Philosophy (Routledge Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Bertrand Russell
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'A great philosopher's lucid and magisterial look at the history of his own subject. Wonderfully readable and enlightening.' - Observer'History of Western Philosophy remains unchallenged as the perfect introduction to its subject. Russell ... writes with the kind of verve, freshness and personal engagement that lesser spirits would never have permitted themselves. This boldness, together with the astonishing breadth of his general historical knowledge, allows him to put philosophers into their social and cultural context ... The result is exactly the kind of philosophy that most people would like to read, but which only Russell could possibly have written.' - Ray Monk


First published in 1946, History of Western Philosophy went on to become the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. A dazzlingly ambitious project, it remains unchallenged to this day as the ultimate introduction to Western philosophy. Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas that have perplexed people from time immemorial, it is 'long on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly scepticism', as the New York Times noted, and it is this, coupled with the sheer brilliance of its scholarship, that has made Russell's History of Western Philosophy one of the most important philosophical works of all time.


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This is one of the best books I have ever read. Over the years, I have enjoyed reading and reareading it, learning something new all the time. Russell's writing is superb. His analysis is based on the commitment to consider the facts carefully and to reason about them logically and responsibly. In writing my own reviews, I often keep this book in mind as a model.
Although Russell always includes a personal commentary on a particular philosopher, this does not undermine the objectivity and value of his analysis, because it is fairly easy to see where a summary of what the philospher had to say ends and Russell's interpretation begins. Russell's erudition is truly impressive. I agree with almost all of his assessments of philosophers in this volume. Russel was a logician, not a scientist--there is a big difference. The book was written in 1943, yet Russell seems unaware of Popper's falsifability criterion for statements that purport to be scientific. But generally, the book is very close to perfection. This is philosophy in context and ideas brought to life from one of the best writers and one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic, but flawed. 15. Januar 2000
Russell's "History of Western Philosophy" is not the best introduction to western philosophy that I have read. That place goes to Antony Flew's "Introduction to Western Philosophy." But for many readers, Russell's is still the better book. Flew's book is purely about philosophy. Russell, on the other hand, strives to place thought in its social context, and he is so successful that the book doubles as an outline history of the western world, and a very interesting one. Also, Russell's deep understanding of the relationship between philosophy and science adds interest. Finally, Russell's clear explanations of difficult concepts should make those concepts clear even to the novice or near-novice; Flew's book, although it assumes no knowledge of philosophy, is more technical, and so is not suitable for all novices.
Despite this book's well-deserved status as a classic work, it has some major flaws that a reader should keep in mind, all stemming from Russell's intolerance of viewpoints different from his own. Russell, like other logical positivists, saw no place for metaphysics in philosophy. In his "History of Western Philosophy," he makes no effort to curb that bias, resulting in what might be considered unfair treatments of all thinkers who did not stick purely to science. Also, Russell has no tolerance for systems of thought that do not conform to his preferences for democracy, atheism, pacifism, and social liberalism. So Plato is described as just another proponent of totalitarianism, Rousseau is portrayed as a crackpot and Nietzsche is depicted as a warmonger, but the much less significant thinkers John Dewey and William James get personal kudos for being nice progressive guys full of human kindness.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Der logische Empirist als Philosophie-Historiker 1. November 2012
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Die History of western Philosophy auf knappem Raum zu kommentieren ist normalerweise unmöglich. Erschienen zum ersten Mal 1946, ist dieses Buch der Versuch des Begründers des sog. logischen Empirismus, in die Geschichte der abendländischen Philosophie eine Art von Systematik zu bringen, obgleich Russell eigentlich zeit seines Lebens wenig von Systemen hielt. Wer in modernen Philosophiegeschichten nach der Historie von Ideen, ihrer Entwicklung und ihren Mutationen sucht, der wird in diesem Buch fündig. Keiner der großen Denker der okzidentalen Philosophie wird von Russell ausgespart. Freilich ist dies keine 'objektive' Philosophiegeschichte, denn Russell kann seine Herkunft als Common Sense - Philosoph nicht verleugnen. Auch seine vielleicht paradox anmutende Nähe zum Idealismus (Platon), dem er auch in späteren Jahren nahe stand, ist nicht zu übersehen.
Wer sich mit dieser History auseinander setzt, dem sei besonders Russells Kapitel zu Kant und seine Analyse der Philosophie von David Hume empfohlen. Das ist große Philosophie.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A view from a high peak 6. März 2000
As a novice in the world of formal philosophy, I was entirely grateful for the existence of this book. Russell offers not only an expansive view of western philosophy within rigorous historical context, but manages to convey much of his own philosophy within his critiques. I came, over time, to look at this book as more an expression of Russell's philosophy in relation to the entire course of western thought. How could it be anything different? Russell's perspective is, however well-informed, quite one-sided. So much so that the individual philosophers he takes on have no hope of a fair trial. However much I agree with him about Nietzsche, Russell does not even attempt to be fair. Better to appreciate this book for what it is: a personal view. As such, it is quite expansive, and if you need to know more about western philosophy, you'll easily fill in the missing pieces if you start here. But don't run away hurt if your favorite philosopher gets short shrift - I also find myself disagreeing with Russell in many areas. Instead, as you read, try to keep what he accomplishes here separate from how he does it. This is truly a great work, and downplaying its importance because of skipping or riding some particular fellow would be like criticizing the Great Wall of China because they used sub-par mortar. Here is a journey through history through the eyes of one great man. Keep yours open and you may learn something.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen fast and good mailing. good book.
very interesting book, in good conditions. I can recommend it to everyone interested in (political) philosophy. came really fast and in a good parcel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Un livre indispensable
Un livre indispensable à tous ceux qui s'intéressent à la philosophie et à l'histoire des idées. Une écriture claire et accessible.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen profound, witty, great
This is a very entertainig, well written and profound history of philosophy. It is of course not objective, but the personal involvement of the author makes the reading all the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. April 2002 von "oberman13"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Russell and Popper
In 1943 (and even much later) Russell in fact wasn't aware of Popper's Logik der Forschung. But the basic thoughts of Popper's are already in the history. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2002 von Benjamin Vauteck
1.0 von 5 Sternen Biased and ignorant from start to finish
It's fairly well-written, but that's not the point if you want a history of philosophy - you might as well read a novel. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2000 von Hegel's Ghost
4.0 von 5 Sternen a useful and witty intro to Western thought....
....well-placed within its historical context. Readable and not overly technical. Bear in mind that Lord Russell is as rationalistic and positivistic as Isaac Asimov, whose... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Mai 2000 von Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA
5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic review of philosophy...
Don't be put off by the criticisms of emphasis and slighting of particular philosophers... This is a truly brilliant overview of western philosophy. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Januar 2000 von Michael H. Baumgardner
5.0 von 5 Sternen Comprehensive, clear, and biased, view of Western Philosophy
Although I have an inherent loathing of logical positivism, and Russell is the pinacle of this, this book is a must for all philosophy readers. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book on western philosophy history
I have read the Chinese version of this book, it is so good that I cannot let it go. The books exhibits the volumous knowledge and sharp thinking of Berti.
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