History of Western Philosophy Bertrand Russell Folio Society 2004


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History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

In this engrossing book, Bertrand Russell set out to ‘exhibit philosophy as an integral part of social and political life, not as the isolated speculations of remarkable individuals’. His approach is bold, comprehensive and chronological: with its accessible, lively summaries of exemplary ideas and thinkers, the History of Western Philosophy can be used as an encyclopedia or read as social history. It compares and explains general trends not only in philosophy but in the development of human society, relating individuals to their historic context and describing each philosopher’s impact on their cultural and political spheres of life. From the rise of Greek civilisation and the ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, through Machiavelli, Descartes. Locke, Rousseau, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, to Einstein and the world of quantum theory, 2,500 years of philosophy are boldly, lucidly, and entertainingly made available to anyone interested in the most fundamental questions posed by the world and mankind’s place in it. Russell, whose own appetite for life was prodigious, filled his book with history, humour and anecdote. If you can only read one book about philosophy make sure it is this one.


  • Folio Society First Impression No. 1186
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2004
  • Full Brown Goatskin Hardback, Gilt Page Tops, 833 pp
  • With frontispiece portrait
  • Size 240 x 160mm, 2.2kg

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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Weight 2.2 kg


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