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History of Western Philosophy Paperback – Oct 30 1967
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‘A precious book….a work that is in the highest degree pedagogical which stands above the conflicts of parties and opinion’ – Albert Einstein
'Remains unchallenged as the perfect introduction to its subject ... exactly the kind of philosophy that most people would like to read, but which only Russell could possibly have written.' - Ray Monk, University of Southampton, UK
'Beautiful and luminous prose, not merely classically clear but scrupulously honest.' - Isaiah Berlin
'It is a witty bird's-eye view of the main figures in Western thought enlivened by references to the personalities and quirks of the thinkers themselves.' - The Week
'A great philosopher's lucid and magisterial look at the history of his own subject, wonderfully readable and enlightening.' - The Observer--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was born in England and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. His long career established him as one of the most influential philosophers, mathematicians, and social reformers of the twentieth century.See all Product Description
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Written for the intelligent public with a verve and panache in the style that shows the author's love of the subject, this book will stimulate your interest as it makes the foggiest questions clear. No matter what the price you pay for it, it will go down as the best intellectual investment you've ever made. Sure, the are prejudices shown in the book, and Lord Russell was a strong-willed philosopher. But you will find yourself purchasing supplemental books on the subject to determine whether Russell was right or wrong in his opinion. You will already have the facts, due to Russell's diligence and clear style. I myself am on my third copy of the book, having worn out the previous two reading, writing and teaching the wisdom contained within their pages.
The waitress asked "Are you reading that for a school project?"; and I replied "No, I'm reading it for fun."
I don't think she believed me. But it was true. For those who have never read Russell, this may seem implausible to the point of grotesqueness; but in fact he has an economy of verbiage, razor-sharp analytical faculties, an encyclopædic grasp of his subject, and (especially) a dry wit that make light work of the most cumbrous material. I've now read this several times, and enjoyed it every time.
(Too bad he died before Postmodernism and Poststructuralism got a serious grip — I'd have loved to have seen what he had to say about those!)
A lengthy commentary would be easy, but I'll leave that to others.Read more ›
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Russell's 'History of Western Philosophy' is an essential text for undergraduate students of philosophy. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2009 by Justin J. Farrell
I was raised in places like Okeechobee, Florida, and Orlando when it was still largely agricultural. Read morePublished on June 16 2003
I didn't read Bertrand Russell's "History of Western Philosophy" because I was looking for a cheerleader for Nietzsche. Read morePublished on July 7 2002 by Len Hart
Russell in this work has solved a big problem for beginners in philosophy. He has gathered all the gems in one bucket and has given you the opportunity to see and select out of... Read morePublished on June 11 2002 by D. Kapoor
Philosophers take themselves far too seriously. Bertrand Russel is not an exception. In his own eyes, the book he would have kept for posterity would have been the Principia... Read morePublished on May 24 2002 by James Liu
"a history of western philosophy" is a great introduction to the field for the devotee or novice of ideas and is entertaining for intellectuals and book lovers, but russell clearly... Read morePublished on March 25 2002 by J from NY
The details of the book display many things but one thing we all must conclude, everyone has their own philosophy, or biased opinion. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001 by Miriam House
It seems that the previous reviews cover most of the praise and objections that can be offered. I will reiterate those that deserve special emphasis. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by Justus Pendleton