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A History of Western Philosophy

A History of Western Philosophy

Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas that have perplexed people from time immemorial, it is 'long on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly scepticism'.


BOOK ONE. Ancient Philosophy

PART I. The Pre-Socratics

Chapter 1. The Rise of Greek Civilization

Chapter 2. The Milesian School

Chapter 3. Pythagoras

Chapter 4. Heraclitus

Chapter 5. Parmenides

Chapter 6. Empedocles

Chapter 7. Athens in Relation to Culture

Chapter 8. Anaxagoras

Chapter 9. The Atomists

Chapter 10. Protagoras

PART II. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

Chapter 11. Socrates

Chapter 12. The Influence of Sparta

Chapter 13. The Sources of Plato's Opinions

Chapter 14. Plato's Utopia

Chapter 15. The Theory of Ideas

Chapter 16. Plato's Theory of Immortality

Chapter 17. Plato's Cosmogony

Chapter 18. Knowledge and Perception in Plato

Chapter 19. Aristotle's Metaphysics

Chapter 20. Aristotle's Ethics

Chapter 21. Aristotle's Politics

Chapter 22. Aristotle's Logic

Chapter 23. Aristotle's Physics

Chapter 24. Early Greek Mathematics and Astronomy

PART III. Ancient Philosophy after Aristotle

Chapter 25. The Hellenistic World

Chapter 26. Cynics and Sceptics

Chapter 27. The Epicureans

Chapter 28. Stoicism

Chapter 29. The Roman Empire in Relation to Culture

Chapter 30. Plotinus

BOOK TWO. Catholic Philosophy

PART I. The Fathers

Chapter 1. The Religious Development of the Jews

Chapter 2. Christianity During the First Four Centuries

Chapter 3. Three Doctors of the Church

Chapter 4. St Augustine's Philosophy and Theology

Chapter 5. The Fifth and Sixth Centuries

Chapter 6. St Benedict and Gregory the Great

PART II. The Schoolmen

Chapter 7. The Papacy in the Dark Ages

Chapter 8. John the Scot

Chapter 9. Ecclesiastical Reform in the Eleventh Century

Chapter 10. Mohammedan Culture and Philosophy

Chapter 11. The Twelfth Century

Chapter 12. The Thirteenth Century

Chapter 13. St Thomas Aquinas

Chapter 14. Franciscan Schoolmen

Chapter 15. The Eclipse of the Papacy

BOOK THREE. Modern Philosophy

PART I. From the Renaissance to Hume

Chapter 1. General Characteristics

Chapter 2. The Italian Renaissance

Chapter 3. Machiavelli

Chapter 4. Erasmus and More

Chapter 5. The Reformation and Counter-Reformation

Chapter 6. The Rise of Science

Chapter 7. Francis Bacon

Chapter 8. Hobbes's Leviathan

Chapter 9. Descartes

Chapter 10. Spinoza

Chapter 11. Leibniz

Chapter 12. Philosophical Liberalism

Chapter 13. Locke's Theory of Knowledge

Chapter 14. Locke's Political Philosophy

Chapter 15. Locke's Influence

Chapter 16. Berkeley

Chapter 17. Hume

Part II. From Rousseau to the Present Day

Chapter 18. The Romantic Movement

Chapter 19. Rousseau

Chapter 20. Kant

Chapter 21. Currents of Thought in the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 22. Hegel

Chapter 23. Byron

Chapter 24. Schopenhauer

Chapter 25. Nietzsche

Chapter 26. The Utilitarians

Chapter 27. Karl Marx

Chapter 28. Bergson

Chapter 29. William James

Chapter 30. John Dewey

Chapter 31. The Philosophy of Logical Analysis

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