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The individual volumes of Sir Anthony Kenny's acclaimedHistory of Western Philosophyhave been hailed as "wonderfulauthoritativehugely rewarding" (Times Higher Education Supplement) and "genial and highly accessible" (London Review of Books). Now these four splendid books have been combined into one magnificent paperback volume, providing a continuous sweeping account of the great thought of the Western world. Here readers will find not only an authoritative guide to the history of philosophy, but also a compelling introduction to every major area of philosophical inquiry. Kenny tells the story of philosophy chronologically, his lively narrative bringing the great philosophers to life and filling in the historical and intellectual background to their work. Kenny also looks closely at each of the main areas of philosophical exploration: knowledge and understanding; science; metaphysics; mind and soul; the nature and content of morality; political philosophy; and God.A New History of Western Philosophyis a stimulating chronicle of the intellectual development of Western civilization, allowing readers to trace the birth and growth of philosophy from antiquity to the present day.
Sir Anthony Kenny is one of Britain's most distinguished academic figures. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Master of Balliol College, Chairman of the Board of the British Library, and President of the British Academy. He has published more than forty books on philosophy and history.
Table of Contents
Part I: Ancient Philosophy Chapter 1: Beginnings: From Pythagoras to Plato Chapter 2: Schools of Thought: From Aristotle to Augustine Chapter 3: Argument and Reason: Logic Chapter 4: Knowledge and its Limits Chapter 5: How Things Happen: Physics Chapter 6: What There Is: Metaphysics Chapter 7: Soul and Mind Chapter 8: How to Live: Ethics Chapter 9: God
Part II: Medieval Philosophy Chapter 10: Philosophy and Faith: Augustine to Maimonides Chapter 11: The Schoolmen: From the Twelfth Century to the Renaissance Chapter 12: Logic and Language Chapter 13: Knowledge Chapter 14: Physics Chapter 15: Metaphysics Chapter 16: Mind and Soul Chapter 17: Ethics Chapter 18: God
Part III: The Rise of Modern Philosophy Chapter 19: Sixteenth-Century Philosophy Chapter 20: Descartes to Berkeley Chapter 21: Hume to Hegel Chapter 22: Knowledge Chapter 23: Physics Chapter 24: Metaphysics Chapter 25: Mind and Soul Chapter 26: Ethics Chapter 27: Political Philosophy Chapter 28: God
Part IV: Philosophy in the Modern World Chapter 29: From Bentham to Nietzsche Chapter 30: From Peirce to Strawson Chapter 31: From Freud to Derrida Chapter 32: Logic Chapter 33: Language Chapter 34: Epistemology Chapter 35: Metaphysics Chapter 36: Philosophy of Mind Chapter 37: Ethics Chapter 38: Aesthetics Chapter 39: Politics Chapter 40: God
Chronology Part I: Ancient Philosophy 1. Beginnings: From Pythagoras to Plato 2. Schools of Thought: From Aristotle to Augustine 3. Argument and Reason: Logic 4. Knowledge and its Limits 5. How Things Happen: Physics 6. What There Is: Metaphysics 7. Soul and Mind 8. How to Live: Ethics 9. God Part II: Medieval Philosophy 10. Philosophy and Faith: Augustine to Maimonides 11. The Schoolmen: From the Twelfth Century to the Renaissance 12. Logic and Language 13. Knowledge 14. Physics 15. Metaphysics 16. Mind and Soul 17. Ethics 18. God Part III: The Rise of Modern Philosophy 19. Sixteenth-Century Philosophy 20. Descartes to Berkeley 21. Hume to Hegel 22. Knowledge 23. Physics 24. Metaphysics 25. Mind and Soul 26. Ethics 27. Political Philosophy 28. God Part IV: Philosophy in the Modern World 29. From Bentham to Nietzsche 30. From Peirce to Strawson 31. From Freud to Derrida 32. Logic 33. Language 34. Epistemology 35. Metaphysics 36. Philosophy of Mind 37. Ethics 38. Aesthetics 39. Politics 40. God Chronology