- Audio CD: 30 pages
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks (30 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843797399
- ISBN-13: 978-1843797395
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 6.1 x 13.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Russell: The History Of Western Philosophy [Unabridged] [Naxos AudioBooks: NA0136] (Naxos Audiobooks Non-Fiction) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Sep 2013
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'Remains unchallenged as the perfect introduction to its subject ... exactly the kind of philosophy that most people would like to read, but which only Russell could possibly have written.' - Ray Monk, University of Southampton, UK
'Beautiful and luminous prose, not merely classically clear but scrupulously honest.' - Isaiah Berlin
'It is a witty bird's-eye view of the main figures in Western thought enlivened by references to the personalities and quirks of the thinkers themselves.' - The Week
'A great philosopher's lucid and magisterial look at the history of his own subject, wonderfully readable and enlightening.' - The Observer--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As part of our commitment to Russell publishing, the delux version of this bestselling title will continue to be available. Paperback: ISBN: 0415-078547 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
When I first read this book at a rather young age, I found it both compelling, as well as hard to believe in. Reading someone presenting Plato as an elitist prick with an openly totalitarian agenda, not to mention the attacks against Rousseau or Nietzsche, you are left thinking that this should better be taken with a grain of salt or two. And that's the way it should be. Contrary to what the title suggests, this isn't a history of philosophy in the usual sense. This is a history of philosophy through Russell-O-Vision and it is more than intentionally biased, or better said, tinged. This actually adds a lot to the intrigue of the text and makes the narrative quite spicy and interesting to a level that an actual history would never match. And it leaves no doubts to the reader that there is so much more to philosophy and its history than is written here. This isn't an all-encompassing, encyclopedic reference of western philosophy. It is more of a tease and it constantly hints to further subjects for study - this is actually one of its charms.Read more ›
Russell's style is so convincing he was often plagiarised - unconscious imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Joad (who copied Russell on Marx), and Aldous Huxley (who based Brave New World on a Russell work) are just two examples.
There are innumerable asides, which I presume (he wrote and assembled this book aged about 70) were the fruit of discussions in his youth and middle age; on psychology, groups, sex, emotions, animals, ethics, totalitarianism, adventures, trade - a vast range of topics.
I recommend this to everyone willing to take some trouble. I've met many people who would have benefitted from its intellectual stiffening - for example a gifted physics man who couldn't seem to grasp that atoms are mostly holes, even though they don't look that way. And who had never understood that the square root of two is 'irrational'. Hoary problems - 'universals', 'analytical' and 'synthetic', 'induction', 'teleology', 'determinism' - appear here and there, and it can do no harm to know about them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Russell provides a very personal overview of philosophical ideas from the Greeks right through to the mid 1940s when this book was written. Read morePublished 10 months ago by BrynGriffith
Russell sets out to demonstrate the evolution of Western philosophy by describing individual philosophers in more or less detail according to his view of their importance both as... Read morePublished 17 months ago by JLM
Amazing authorship of the book. Challenging read but very worthwhile.Published 17 months ago by N Kurdy
Though the are many concepts from the history of philosophy that are far beyond me, it is my fault not his. The writing is witty and incisive, the scope is huge.Published 17 months ago by Fowlercary