A History of Western Thought: From Ancient Greece to the Twentieth Century

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 487 pages
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This is a comprehensive introduction to the history of Western Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Twentieth Century thought. In addition to all the key figures, the book covers figures whose contributions have so far been overlooked, such as Vico, Montesquieu, Durkheim and Weber.
Along with in-depth discussion of the philosophical movements, Skirbekk and Gilje also discuss the natural sciences, the establishment of the Humanities, Socialism and Fascism, Psychoanalysis, and the rise of the social sciences.
History of Western Thought is an ideal introduction to philosophy and the sociological and scientific structures that have shaped modern day philosophy.
  

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Contents

PreSocratic philosophy with a glance at ancient
5
A glance at ancient Indian and Chinese thought
21
Questions
30
J Plato the theory of ideas and the ideal state
46
Aristotle natural order and man as a political animal
66
The late classical period
89
Neoplatonism
97
Jurisprudence
104
Utilitarianism and liberalism
263
Kant the Copernican revolution in philosophy
273
The rise of the humanities
293
Hegel history and dialectics 306
18
Marx productive forces and class struggle
321
Kierkegaard existence and irony
337
Darwin the debate about our conception of man
347
Nietzsche and pragmatism
354

The problem of evil
137
Arabic philosophy and science
145
The rise of the natural sciences
151
The Renaissance and realpolitik Machiavelli and Hobbes
175
Doubt and belief man in the centre
190
Rationalism as a system
203
Locke enlightenment and equality
212
Empiricism and critique of knowledge 225
12
The Enlightenment reason and progress
242
Socialism and fascism 365
22
Freud and psychoanalysis
377
The rise of the social sciences
391
Universalism particularism
409
A glance at contemporary philosophy
424
Modernity and crisis
453
Index
472
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Gunnar Skirbeck and Nils Gilje are Professors of Philosophy at Bergen University, Norway.

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