History of western philosophy

Invaluable is a word that is grossly overused on this site — particularly by me — but I do think this book gives an invaluable helicopter view of the history of Western Philosophy that is both accessible and often profound. The only time it feels arrhythmic is when Russell conflates the political dynamism of his era with the days of antiquity. The curse descended to his sons, Atreus and Thyestes, in the form of what the Greeks called ate, a strong if not actually irresistible impulse to crime. Crab Bucket 1, 3 13 This applies especially to Plato, and through him to those later developments which were ultimately embodied in Christian theology.

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Philospphy may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. Only by purification and renunciation and an ascetic life can we escape from the wheel and attain at last to the ecstasy of union with God.

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You have to out-patronize the patronizing author to enjoy this fully. Some say that the heart was given by Zeus to Semele, others that Zeus swallowed it; in either case, it gave rise to the second birth of Bacchus. He makes some truly fascinating points in this book — not least that there is no philosophy that is wholly logically consistent and that sometimes the danger is when a philosopher seeks to remain logically consistent rather than acknowledge the horrendous conclusions that the logical consistency of his ideas forces him toward.

Buku ini perlu dibaca dari kulit ke kulit philosopphy mengikut susunan yang diaturkan penulis; lagipun itu adalah salah satu kelebihan bilamana sebuah buku yang merangkumi sebuah tajuk yang besar ditulis oleh seorang penulis sahaja: This is the origin of "Diana of the Ephesians. A History of Western Philosophy is a lot more in depth about the philosophy it self. They thought that the soul would ultimately return to the body; this led to mummification and to the construction of splendid tombs.

Al We are inRussell is building the chain of ideas that have been pushing civilization to the current state.

A History of Western Philosophy

Even his fiercest critics grant him this merit. It ends if I remember correctly with a summary of his own work in Principia Mathematica and a fascinating account of how Godel undermined Russell's masterwork twenty years later. As Gilbert Murray says: Magic, divination, and astrology, though not peculiar to Babylonia, were more developed there than elsewhere, and it was chiefly through Babylon that they acquired their hold on later antiquity.

Did they owe their civilization to being conquered by the Cretans? However, I was inspired to read St. Russell's judicious balance of erudition and accessibility shows on every page.

Western philosophy

Any answer must be in part conjectural, but archeology, during the present century, has given us much more knowledge than was possessed by our grandfathers. Apr 12, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the most important results, to the Greeks, of commerce or piracy -- at westwrn the two are scarcely distinct -- was the acquisition of the art of writing. The Orphics, unlike the priests of Olympian cults, founded what we may call "churches," i.

I was sometimes accused by reviewers of writing not a true history but a biased hietory of the events that I arbitrarily chose to write of. Sometimes one needs to be obscure because what you are trying to say does not allow you to be immediately clear.

Zen and the Art of Happiness.

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

No philosophy stands fairly against such disregard for language, intepretation etc. More Books from hitory Author. For example, the mathematician starts boldly picking Pythagoras as the most important thinker ever. Coinage seems to have been invented shortly before B.

The intoxication that they sought was that of "enthusiasm," of union with the god. For about eleven centuries, say from B.

Even though Bertrand Russell is quite critical of them and considers them overvalued All this superstition was still flourishing in classical times. I use the male pronoun not simply because Russell also uses it throughout, but because all of the philosophers discussed sport a Y-chromosome. Certain definitely Bacchic elements survived wherever Orphism had influence.