By Anthony Kenny
Sir Anthony Kenny the following tells the attention-grabbing tale of the delivery of philosophy and its awesome flourishing within the old Mediterranean international. this can be the preliminary quantity of a four-book set during which Kenny will spread a magisterial new historical past of Western philosophy, the 1st significant single-author historical past of philosophy to seem in decades.
Ancient Philosophy spans over 1000 years and brings to existence the good minds of the earlier, from Thales, Pythagoras, and Parmenides, to Socrates, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Augustine. The book's nice advantage is that it really is written by means of one of many world's prime professionals at the topic. rather than an uncritical, basic recitation of recognized facts--Plato and his cave of shadows, Aristotle's ethics, Augustine's urban of God--we see the foremost philosophers throughout the eyes of a guy who has spent an entire life considering their paintings. therefore we don't easily get an summary of Aristotle, for instance, yet a penetrating and insightful critique of his inspiration. Kenny deals an illuminating account of some of the colleges of suggestion, from the Pre-Socratics to the Epicureans. He examines the advance of common sense and cause, historical rules approximately physics ("how issues happen"), metaphysics and ethics, and the earliest considering the soul and god.
Vividly written, yet severe and deep adequate to provide a real knowing of the good philosophers, Kenny's lucid and stimulating historical past turns into the definitive paintings for somebody drawn to the folk and ideas that formed the process Western proposal.
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In modern times Socrates’ life has been held up as a model by philosophers of many diVerent kinds, especially by philosophers living under tyranny and risking persecution for refusal to conform to unreasoned ideology. Many thinkers have made their own the dictum that has as good a claim as any to be his own authentic utterance: ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. The hard facts of Socrates’ life do not take long to tell. He was born in Athens about 469 bc, ten years after the Persian invasions of Greece had been crushed at the battle of Plataea.
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Ancient Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy Volume 1 (New History of Western Philosophy) by Anthony Kenny