A History of Western Thought: From Ancient Greece to the Twentieth Century
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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PreSocratic philosophy with a glance at ancient
A glance at ancient Indian and Chinese thought
J Plato the theory of ideas and the ideal state
Aristotle natural order and man as a political animal
The late classical period
Utilitarianism and liberalism
Kant the Copernican revolution in philosophy
The rise of the humanities
Hegel history and dialectics 306
Marx productive forces and class struggle
Kierkegaard existence and irony
Darwin the debate about our conception of man
Nietzsche and pragmatism
The problem of evil
Arabic philosophy and science
The rise of the natural sciences
The Renaissance and realpolitik Machiavelli and Hobbes
Doubt and belief man in the centre
Rationalism as a system
Locke enlightenment and equality
Empiricism and critique of knowledge 225
The Enlightenment reason and progress
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