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An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2006-08-28
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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This is a proposal for a revised edition of Kenny's Brief History, with illustrations. The book has done comparatively very well, but even 12,600 copies in 6 years is probably underperforming for a book with such trade potential. The price has also crept up to 17.99. It still sells c. 1000 copies, and most of these are through the trade.Tony Kenny does not want to revisit the content in any significant way. The questions really concern the following- Including colour plates as well as halftones (like Kenny's Illustrated Oxford History)- Call it An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy to signal to the trade that this is a relevantly different product (rather than a revised edition)- Release initially as a trade hardback or simultaneous? First edition blurb In this lucid and masterful work, the eminent scholar Anthony Kenny offers an indispensable resource - the most concise and compelling story of the complete development of philosophy available.Spanning 2,500 years of thought, this superb volume provides essential coverage of the most influential philosophers of the Western world, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud, Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein, amongst many others.Unrivaled in its authority and range, the book is ideal for anyone with an interest in Western thought.

Author Biography

Sir Anthony Kenny was formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Oxford University, Master of Balliol College, Oxford and Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford. He was also President of the British Academy, Chairman of the Board of the British Library and a Trustee of Wittgenstein’s copyrights. He is the author or editor of more than 40 books, including Wittgenstein (Revised Edition, 2006), Frege: An Introduction to the Founder of Modern Analytic Philosophy (2000) and The Legacy of Wittgenstein (1984), all published by Blackwell.

Table of Contents

Preface x
List of Illustrations xiii
Acknowledgements xvi
I PHILOSOPHY IN ITS INFANCY 1(20)
The Milesians
2(3)
Xenophanes
5(1)
Heraclitus
6(3)
The School of Parmenides
9(5)
Empedocles
14(3)
The Atomists
17(4)
II THE ATHENS OF SOCRATES 21(17)
The Athenian Empire
21(2)
Anaxagoras
23(1)
The Sophists
24(1)
Socrates
25(3)
The Euthyphro
28(3)
The Crito
31(1)
The Phaedo
31(7)
III THE PHILOSOPHY OF PLATO 38(23)
Life and Works
38(2)
The Theory of Ideas
40(4)
Plato's Republic
44(10)
The Theaetetus and the Sophist
54(7)
IV THE SYSTEM of ARISTOTLE 61(30)
Plato's Pupil, Alexander's Teacher
61(2)
The Foundation of Logic
63(4)
The Theory of Drama
67(1)
Moral Philosophy: Virtue and Happiness
68(4)
Moral Philosophy: Wisdom and Understanding
72(3)
Politics
75(2)
Science and Explanation
77(3)
Words and Things
80(1)
Motion and Change
81(2)
Soul, Sense, and Intellect
83(3)
Metaphysics
86(5)
V GREEK PHILOSOPHY AFTER ARISTOTLE 91(18)
The Hellenistic Era
91(2)
Epicureanism
93(2)
Stoicism
95(2)
Scepticism
97(2)
Rome and its Empire
99(1)
Jesus of Nazareth
100(2)
Christianity and Gnosticism
102(4)
Neo-Platonism
106(3)
VI EARLY CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY 109(16)
Arianism and Orthodoxy
109(3)
The Theology of Incarnation
112(2)
The Life of Augustine
114(3)
The City of God and the Mystery of Grace
117(3)
Boethius and Philoponus
120(5)
VII EARLY MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY 125(19)
John the Scot
125(3)
Alkindi and Avicenna
128(2)
The Feudal System
130(1)
Saint Anselm
131(2)
Ahelard and Héloïse
133(2)
Abelard's Logic
135(2)
Abelard's Ethics
137(2)
Averroes
139(1)
Maimonides
140(4)
VIII PHILOSOPHY IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY 144(20)
An Age of Innovation
144(3)
Saint Bonaventure
147(2)
Thirteenth-Century Logic
149(1)
Aquinas' Life and Works
150(2)
Aquinas' Natural Theology
152(2)
Matter, Form, Substance, and Accident
154(2)
Aquinas on Essence and Existence
156(1)
Aquinas' Philosophy of Mind
157(2)
Aquinas' Moral Philosophy
159(5)
IX OXFORD PHILOSOPHERS 164(18)
The Fourteenth-Century University
164(1)
Duns Scotus
165(7)
Ockham's Logic of Language
172(2)
Ockham's Political Theory
174(3)
The Oxford Calculators
177(1)
John Wyclif
178(4)
X RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY 182(24)
The Renaissance
182(1)
Free-will: Rome vs. Louvain
183(3)
Renaissance Platonism
186(2)
Machiavelli
188(2)
More's Utopia
190(3)
The Reformation
193(4)
Post- Reformation Philosophy
197(2)
Bruno and Galileo
199(2)
Francis Bacon
201(5)
XI THE AGE OF DESCARTES 206(15)
The Wars of Religion
206(1)
The Life of Descartes
207(3)
The Doubt and the Cogito
210(2)
The Essence of Mind
212(2)
God, Mind, and Body
214(3)
The Material World
217(4)
XII ENGLISH PHILOSOPHY IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 221(16)
The Empiricism of Thomas Hobbes
221(2)
Hobbes' Political Philosophy
223(3)
The Political Theory of John Locke
226(2)
Locke on Ideas and Qualities
228(4)
Substances and Persons
232(5)
XIII CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE AGE OF LOUIS XIV 237(14)
Blaise Pascal
237(3)
Spinoza and Malebranche
240(5)
Leibniz
245(6)
XIV BRITISH PHILOSOPHY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 251(15)
Berkeley
251(5)
Hume's Philosophy of Mind
256(4)
Hume on Causation
260(3)
Reid and Common Sense
263(3)
XV THE ENLIGHTENMENT 266(9)
The Philosophes
266(1)
Rousseau
267(4)
Revolution and Romanticism
271(4)
XVI THE CRITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF KANT 275(23)
Kant's Copernican Revolution
275(3)
The Transcendental Aesthetic
278(2)
The Transcendental Analytic: The Deduction of the Categories
280(3)
The Transcendental Analytic: The System of Principles
283(3)
The Transcendental Dialectic: The Paralogisms of Pure Reason
286(3)
The Transcendental Dialectic: The Antinomies of Pure Reason
289(2)
The Transcendental Dialectic: The Critique of Natural Theology
291(4)
Kant's Moral Philosophy
295(3)
XVII GERMAN IDEALISM AND MATERIALISM 298(11)
Fichte
298(1)
Hegel
299(5)
Marx and the Young Hegelians
304(2)
Capitalism and its Discontents
306(3)
XVIII THE UTILITARIANS 309(11)
Jeremy Bentham
309(5)
The Utilitarianism of J.S. Mill
314(2)
Mill's Logic
316(4)
XIX THREE NINETEENTH-CENTURY PHILOSOPHERS 320(13)
Schopenhauer
320(7)
Kierkegaard
327(2)
Nietzsche
329(4)
XX THREE MODERN MASTERS 333(18)
Charles Darwin
333(6)
John Henry Newman
339(4)
Sigmund Freud
343(8)
XXI LOGIC AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 351(14)
Frege's Logic
351(2)
Frege's Logicism
353(3)
Frege's Philosophy of Logic
356(1)
Russell's Paradox
357(2)
Russell's Theory of Descriptions
359(3)
Logical Analysis
362(3)
XXII THE PHILOSOPHY OF WITTGENSTEIN 365(17)
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
365(3)
Logical Positivism
368(2)
Philosophical Investigations
370(12)
Afterword 382(4)
Suggestions for Further Reading 386(6)
Index 392

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