A History of Western Philosophy

A History of Western Philosophy

Since its first publication in 1945 Lord Russell's A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject—unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace and wit. In seventy-six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the...

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Title:A History of Western Philosophy
Author:Bertrand Russell
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ISBN:0671201581
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:895 pages

A History of Western Philosophy Reviews

  • Trevor
    Jul 02, 2009
    This is a remarkable book. Over the years I have found various reasons to look into it now and again, but have never read the whole thing. Mostly I’ve read the bits about particular philosophers: Heraclitus, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Marx for example. I hadn’t realised that ‘dipping...
  • Bram
    Dec 15, 2009
    Not only is this an excellent primer on all the major Western philosophers and an impressive synthesis of the evolution of philosophic thought over a 2500-year span, it's also one of the wittier books I've ever read. I'd be quite interested to hear Bertrand Russell's thoughts on the past 65 years; I...
  • Manny
    Nov 23, 2010
    There's a throwaway remark in this book which has haunted me ever since I read it some time in the mid-70s. Russell is talking about Socrates, and he wonders if Socrates actually existed. Maybe Plato made him up."I don't think many people would have been able to make up Socrates," muses Russell. "Bu...
  • Ian
    Feb 23, 2011
    OverviewBertrand Russell's History consists of 76 Chapters, almost all under 20 pages.Each Chapter contains a summary of one major philosopher's key arguments interlaced with criticism that reflects Russell's own priorities and perspectives. In a sense, it is one philosopher judging the work of anot...
  • Dylan Popowicz
    Aug 06, 2011
    At first it seems impressive that a single individual could accumulate such a vast understanding of Werstern Philosophy from Thales to Dewey. At first it seems that the work is well researched, objective, and only humorously judgemental at times. . . And for the first five-hundred pages these feelin...
  • Mark Lawrence
    Jan 05, 2012
    I stole this off my father's shelves many years ago. The indications on the inside cover was that he read it in Finland in 1959 - I think he once missed a train there and the next one wasn't for a week.It's true that this is in many respects a heavy, dry, and testing read. On the other hand it's ful...
  • Roy Lotz
    Jul 13, 2013
    I enjoyed this a bit too much. The History of Western Philosophy is exactly my kind of book, and so this review will be biased.This, however, illustrates my first point. One’s opinion of this work will largely depend on one’s opinion of Russell. This is because he frequently injects his vi...
  • Foad
    Sep 28, 2014
    کتاب رو با ترجمه ی نجف دریابندری خوندم. ترجمه خیلی خوب بود، هر چند گاهی جملات قابل فهم نب?...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Mar 05, 2015
    A Critical (& Patronizing) Survey of Western PhilosophyRussell is consistently opinionated throughout his presentation and it might confuse some of the readers that he is so casual in writing off some of the major philosophers and their key ideas. This is because the book is not a mere history of ph...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Oct 22, 2016
    Bertrand Russel rocks the entire history of Western Philosophy like a boss! Long but, oh so worth it!...