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An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny pdf

An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny pdf free download

An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny pdf free download. Fifty-two years ago Bertrand Russell wrote a one-volume History of Western Philosophy, which is still in demand. When it was suggested to me that I might write a modern equivalent, I was at first daunted by the challenge. Russell was one of the greatest philosophers of the century, and he won a Nobel Prize for Literature: how could anyone venture to compete? However, the book is not generally regarded as one of Russell’s best, and he is notoriously unfair to some of the greatest philosophers of the past, such as Aristotle and Kant.

An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny pdf free download

Moreover, he operated with assumptions about the nature of philosophy and philosophical method which would be questioned by most philosophers at the present time. There does indeed seem to be room for a book which would offer a comprehensive overview of the
history of the subject from a contemporary philosophical viewpoint. Russell’s book, however inaccurate in detail, is entertaining and stimulating and it has given many people their first taste of the excitement of philosophy.

An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny pdf free download

I aim in this book to reach the same audience as Russell: I write for the general educated reader, who has no special philosophical training, and who wishes to learn the contribution that philosophy has made to the culture we live in. I have tried to avoid using any philosophical terms without explaining them when they first appear. The dialogues of Plato offer a model here: Plato was able to make
philosophical points without using any technical vocabulary, because none existed when he wrote. For this reason, among others, I have treated several of his dialogues at some length in the second and third chapters of the book.

An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny pdf free download

An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny pdf free download


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