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Ancient philosophy

Author: Anthony Kenny
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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"This is the remarkable story of the birth of philosophy, its flourishing in the ancient Mediterranean world, and the development of ideas which have shaped the course of Western thought and society. Sir Anthony Kenny's stimulating account begins with Pythagoras and Thales, and ends with St Augustine, who handed on the torch of philosophy to the Christian age. At the centre of the narrative are the two great figures  Read more...
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Kenny, Anthony, 1931-
Ancient philosophy.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)698035395
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Kenny
ISBN: 0198752733 9780198752738 0198752725 9780198752721
OCLC Number: 56830036
Description: xvi, 341 p. : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Beginnings : from Pythagoras to Plato --
2. Schools of thought : from Aristotle to Augustine --
3. How to argue : logic --
4. Knowledge and its limits : epistemology --
5. How things happen : physics --
6. What there is : metaphysics --
7. Soul and mind --
8. How to live : ethics --
9. God --
Chronology.
Responsibility: Anthony Kenny.
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Tells the story of the birth of philosophy and its remarkable flourishing in the ancient Mediterranean world. This is the first of four volumes, which unfolds the history of Western philosophy. It is  Read more...

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Bertrand Russell apparently wrote his History of Western Philosophy in a hurry to raise funds. Although this reamins a popular work, it is a patchy and unreliable source. By contrast, Kenny's history Read more...

 
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