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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 17 Jun 2011
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This is an outstanding contribution to the history of philosophy. The presentation of the ideas of major philosophers and schools of philosophy is comprehensive and beautifully written. Anthony Kenny provides a subtle critique of the ideas he explores, as well as a few personal details about philosophers that bring them to life. He helps the reader explore ideas in a way that makes this work more engaging than Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars prepare to have your brain enlarged, 20 Nov 2011
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Reading this book exercised parts of my brain that I had not hitherto known existed.

Prof. Kenny has written a work that answers all your questions about Western philosophy, and then encourages you to pursue the matter further.

An education in itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so glad I bought it, 14 Nov 2013
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Very clear introduction re layout and approach, with excellent linking of theory and historical context. Neither simplistic nor intellectually obscure. I am 'enjoying' it more than I thought...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new history of western religion?, 22 April 2013
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Kenny is a religious man and this comes through in every chapter. For me there is much too much reference to and interest in god - which led to me skipping through several sections. As a history of philosophy though, from cradle to today, it is the most enjoyable book I have ever read, containing a lot contextual information that Russell's original history (which is a work of philosophy as much as history) does not. It lacks the philosophical perspective and bite of Russell's original (though perhaps I just trust Russell's opinions more) and Kenny's writing style is not nearly so enjoyable - but then which philosopher does compare to Russell's writing style?
Not as good as Russell's history but worth the money and a place on the shelf next to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read even if you are not studying philosophy, 19 May 2014
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This is an amazing book. It might just be the way i like to learn, but when the history is divided out so that you can read the history of the philosophers, and then the history of their thought, it makes for an amazingly well written and well edited book. I have only been able to get through less that 20% of the book, but I know that it is a book I will read over and over again as I get older.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value, 12 Mar 2014
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Marvellous value for the money. This is far better than Bertrand Russell's earlier history of western philosophy. It also, of course, takes us more or less up to date. It could be used by students of all kinds.
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