By Anthony Kenny
This is the concluding quantity of Sir Anthony Kenny's enormous four-volume background of philosophy, the 1st significant single-author narrative heritage to seem for numerous a long time.
right here Kenny tells the interesting tale of the advance of philosophy within the sleek international, from the early 19th century to the tip of the millennium. along (and intertwined with) notable clinical advances, cultural adjustments, and political upheavals, the final centuries have obvious essentially the most interesting and unique advancements in philosophical pondering, that have reworked our knowing of ourselves and our global. within the first a part of the publication, Kenny bargains a full of life narrative introducing the foremost thinkers of their historic context. between these we meet are the good figures of continental ecu philosophy, from Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche to Heidegger, Sartre, and Derrida; the Pragmatists corresponding to C.S. Pierce and William James, who first constructed a distinctively American philosophical culture; Marx, Darwin, and Freud, the non-philosophers whose impression on philosophy used to be enormous; and Wittgenstein and Russell, buddies and associates who set the time table for analytic philosophy within the 20th century. Kenny then proceeds to steer the reader lucidly in the course of the 9 major components of philosophical paintings within the interval, delivering a major engagement with rules and arguments approximately common sense, language, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, politics, and the life of God.
Graced with many attractive illustrations, Philosophy within the glossy World concludes Kenny's stimulating heritage of the highbrow improvement of Western civilization, permitting readers to track the delivery and progress of philosophy from antiquity to the current day.