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A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein (Routledge Classics) [Paperback]

Roger Scruton
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12 Oct 2001 0415267633 978-0415267632 2nd Ed., Rev
Discover for yourself the pleasures of philosophy! Written both for the seasoned student of philosophy as well as the general reader, the renowned writer Roger Scruton provides a survey of modern philosophy. Always engaging, Scruton takes us on a fascinating tour of the subject, from founding father Descartes to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. He identifies all the principal figures as well as outlines of the main intellectual preoccupations that have informed western philosophy. Painting a portrait of modern philosophy that is vivid and animated, Scruton introduces us to some of the greatest philosophical problems invented in this period and pursued ever since. Including material on recent debates, A Short History of Modern Philosophy is already established as the classic introduction. Read it and find out why.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2nd Ed., Rev edition (12 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415267633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415267632
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roger Scruton is currently Research Professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences where he teaches philosophy at their graduate school in both Washington and Oxford. He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator. He has specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He has written widely in the press on political and cultural issues.


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'Dr Scruton writes with an unusual clarity and fluency, and is always a pleasure to read . . . this is certainly a book which you could give to anyone who was curious about philosophy and expect them to learn a lot from it.' - Alan Ryan, author of Bertrand Russell: A Political Life

'Anyone seeking a short and intelligible introduction to the ideas and intentions of Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel and Marx, among others, need look no further.' - Good Book Guide

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'Anyone seeking a short and intelligible introduction to the ideas and intentions of Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel and Marx, among others, need look no further.' - Good Book Guide

Discover for yourself the pleasures of philosophy! Roger Scruton here provides a survey of modern philosophy suitable for both the seasoned student of philosophy as well as the general reader. Always engaging, Scruton takes us on a fascinating tour of the subject, from founding father Descartes to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. He summarizes clearly the thought of each major figure and outlines the main intellectual preoccupations that have informed western philosophy. Painting a portrait of modern philosophy that is vivid and animated, A Short History of Modern Philosophy is already established as the classic introduction. Read it and find out why.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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For those students of philosophy who find themselves swamped by the sheer scope and breadth of the subject, here is a superb distillation of all the major proponents of the subject - from Descartes to Wittgenstein. Professor Scruton manages the immensely difficult task of being both comprehensive and deep at the same time - this book is not just a superficial summary of philosophical ideas, it also manages to address the lasting controversies bequeathed by these great thinkers. Taken with his survey of modern philosophy (published by mandarin) students need buy no other introduction to the subject. Read it and learn....
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A good overview of a wide range of modern philosophers. It helps that Scruton is knowledgable, clear thinking and has a clear and confident writing style. This sort of book needs clarity, not tentative views. Scruton has his biases, but they are so well known and therefore apparent and mostly harmless. By presenting this as a history Scruton is able to contrast and compare a range of philosophers and explain the development of (European) philosophy.

In detail, I particularly liked the parts on Kant, Frege and Wittgenstein. These give a taste of very complex thinking in a relatively straightforward and understandable way (though take the word "relatively" in this sentence seriously!). I was less enamoured of the parts covering Hegel and Phenomenology, as they were less insightful for me, but then perhaps this may be because they are quite inpenetrable without lots more work. Sections on the British Empiricists were good - although if this is your interest Priests "The British Empiricists" is better.

A word of caution though - this is not a book for the complete philosophy novice, even if it is called an introduction. It does assume a certain level of familiarity with some, albeit basic, philosophical terminology and concepts.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited 17 Oct 2006
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I have to agree with the previous reviewer. Whilst this is a fantastic overview of modern philosophy, erudite and lucid, it is severely limited by Scruton's well documented conservative political inclinations. His dismissal of Marx and complete omission of other, left wing, significant twentieth century thinkers limits this otherwise superb effort. It could, i suppose, be argued persuasively that this is simply a right leaning introduction and a welcome contribution to a field dominated by leftist readers and introductions. It could be argued that this re-balances an otherwise heavily bias area. All this could be convincingly argued, but not by me; I like Marx and am still fascinated by Foucault. Buy with reservations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it. 23 April 2012
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I partly agree with the other reviewers that it is perhaps not for the layman. Having said that, it wasn't THAT difficult at all even though I had very little background in philosophy when I first read it.
I didn't detect much bias at all, and despite already knowing about Scrutons conservative views, he devoted plenty of time to Marx and Nietzsche etc. I was very impressed with his chapter on Hume, and although I am a huge fan of Kant I don't see why he had to devote two chapters to Kant.
I was more impressed with this than I was with Russell's "history of western philosophy" which I thought was far too biased.
I would recommend this book over Russell's any day.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scrutons take on Modern Philosophy 3 May 2004
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Scruton does undoubtedly have an impressive knowledge of his subject and gives a lucid and interesting account of modern philosophy. However, this does seem to be a particularly personal perspective, reflected in such comments as (of Marx); '...intellectually dead.' and a '...cataclysmic effect on the events, and the language, of modern politics'.
Whatever the politics of the reader, they should be aware that this introduction is expressed in idiosyncratic (occasionally polemic) terms. One may wonder if such a style is appropriate to a general introduction, and whether Mr Scruton is motivated by a desire to introduce the reader to the ideas of modern philosophers or to introduce them to his own (often unqualified) opinions? There are better books on the market.
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