A.C. Grayling: The History of Philosophy



Cuaintance For xample though I have an idea what Sexy Cosplay Anime Girls (Bikini, Military, Scifi Costume, Japanese Import, Asian Babe, Picture Book) (Xena Kai Book 3) each of the It is certainly worthwile to plow through a history of philosophy or sciencevery once in a while It helps to put things into context to relativize the often uite considerable Humiliated Husband egos of these creative solitary writers This one by Grayling is certainly a lot of fun And long 28 hours on audible It is well written stylistically and manages to convey something of the depth breadth and variety of the philosophical tradition Unexpectedly interesting were two later sections on Indian and Chinese philosophy which though they were presented as rather primitive and Graylingmphasizes his non Warehouse Management expert status with regards to them are able to put a thought provoking spin on ideas that resemble those of the west through subtle differences in vocabularyHowever though I suppose that such a thing is inevitable in this kind of work the thought of some mayor philosophers I am thinking of Leibniz Spinoza Schopenhauer and Peirce in particular really was not represented accurately or completely in this text and the discription of them ventured into caricature at times This shortcoming seems to be connected to Grayling s frankly uite boring conception of what philosophy actually means and what kind of uestions are properly part of its domain He actually writes at one point that his conception of philosophy is largely determined by the practice of philosophy departments I paraphrase that is to say by a general gest of thexpert folk opinion of academic philosophersLast but not least though the book actually has a lot to offer than I Little Slave expected in terms of recent developments in philosophy which it is always risky to include in any history I would have liked it very much if many of the interesting relatively new domains in analytic philosophyspecially subdomains of non classical logics The Stall (Pony In Training epistemology and the philosophy of science would have been given as prominent a place as other almost contemporary schools have such as deconstructivism and feminismAll in all an interesting read with some very much worthwile anecdotes Good as an introduction to the subject I think though the length of the book will likely put off the true novice This book is a phenomenal introduction for someone with little or no knowledge of philosophy I listened to the audiobook but will order the physical copy to have as a reference that s how well organized and detailed this work is Dr Grayling has broken the book into historical periods and covers one philosopher at a time giving background onach s life focusing on their ideas by highlighting them in discussions of their works And he goes into uite some depth THIEME Atlas of Anatomy even re representing the arguments in his own words and inserting conclusions of his own here and there to allow the reader to connect the flow of ideas across history While there is very much depth Dr Grayling s writing style keeps the book very accessible andngaging The narrator of the audiobook Neil Gardner is such a pleasure to listen to He is British and he sounds so funny in a charming way when he speaks in an American accent to uote American philosopher. Esthetics logic the philosophy of mind the philosophy of language political philosophy and the history of debates in these areas of nuiry through the ideas of the celebrated philosophers as well as less well known influential thinkers He also asks what we have learnt from this body of thought and what progress is still to be madeThe first authoritative and accessible single volume history of philosophy for decades remarkable for its range and clarity this is a landmark wor.

I ll admit the history of philosophy is one of my favorite genres having read the works of Bertrand Russell Will Durant Anthony Kenny Bryan Magee Nigel Warburton and others Each has its pros and cons so it s hard to rank them but if I had to Russell s The History of Western Philosophy and Magee s Confessions of a Philosopher would top the list A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton would come in a close third for those looking for a uicker readBut now if I had to recommend one book to someone interested in the subject it would be A C Grayling s latest The History of Philosophy and here s whyFor a single volume work this book has the most xtensive coverage not only because of its higher page count but also because it packs the most content into Way of the Shaman each page Grayling states in the introduction that his goal is to write aboutach philosopher as clearly and concisely as possible without sacrificing the complexity and subtlety of their thinking which he masterfully achieves Whereas Russell s history only covers up to John Dewey Grayling takes the reader through the Gallowglass entire twentieth century up to Kripke andven manages to sueeze in a section on Indian Chinese Arabic Persian and African philosophy in addition to an appendix on logic all in roughly the same number of pages How does he do this Other than by writing clearly and concisely unlike Russell who spends 190 pages on Catholic philosophy Grayling covers Medieval and Renaissance philosophy in 58 pages Grayling s principle of selection is focused as he makes the valid point that theology is not philosophy and that it reuires its own history much like science As Grayling wrote if the starting point for reflection is the acceptance of religious doctrine then the reflection that follows is theology or theodicy or The Inclusion Imperative exegesis or casuistry or apologetics or hermeneutics but it is not philosophy This allows him to dedicate space to modern and contemporary philosophyThis is not to say that he ignores Medieval philosophy just that he covers it in a rather brilliant way Rather than focusing on the philosophical debates regarding imaginaryntities The Public-Private Partnership Handbook eg the nature of the holy trinity he simply comments on the legitimate philosophical issues that arise from or impinge upon theological thought ie the philosophical problems of time free willthics What Next After School ? etcIn addition to focused content you might think that Grayling would have thedge on Russell for no other reason than the fact that his history was published 74 years after Russell s incorporating the latest research and progress in philosophy over the last three uarters of a century But it s not only for this reason Russell s account has been legitimately criticized for lacking objectivity and for providing inadeuate or misleading coverage of several philosophers Grayling s history is an improvement in this regard as it provides both a objective and deeper account of Emerging Markets each philosopher Not that Grayling willscape the criticism of bias for as Russell said a man without bias cannot write interesting history if indeed such a man A Home of Another Kind exists Grayling is not such a man but this is a good thing He. The story of philosophy is anpic tale an xploration of the ideas views and teachings of some of the most creative minds known to humanity But since the long popular classic Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy first published in 1945 there has been no comprehensive and ntertaining single volume history of this great intellectual journeyWith his characteristic clarity and legance A C Grayling takes the reader from the world views and moralities before the ag.

Does a commendable job of walking the fine line between the objective presentation of ach philosopher s ideas and the analysis and commentary that by definition must be biased toward a particular perspective A completely objective history of philosophy without commentary would be nothing other than a series of dull Wikipedia Trigger Samaniego 1 (Stallion, entries That said I wouldn t be surprised if Grayling is criticized for not hiding his atheism and contempt for religion but as he accurately noted religion is most definitely not philosophy for several reasons he makes perfectly clear Last I can confidently say that out of the many works on popular philosophy I ve read Grayling provides the clearest accounts of theven the most difficult philosophers Kant Hegel Heidegger I came away from this book with a sense of greater understanding of the most challenging ideas thanks to what I m sure was a tremendous amount of work that Grayling put in to make the ideas come to life for a non philosopher this is a majorly underrated skill Grayling is simply a masterful writer providing a clear concise and Lehrbuch Der Physiologie entertaining narrative of the deepest and most profound thinking in the history of our species updated for the twenty first century a time in which we need philosophy thanver While I wouldn t say that Grayling s history replaces Russell s Russell is not replaceable if you decide to read only one book about the history of philosophy make it this one Very good Grayling definitely has a point of view Analytic Continental against religion devotes 518 pages to Western philosophy and 80 pages to Chinese Indian Arabic Persian African philosophy combined but it doesn t really affect the uality of the writing His put down of Continental philosophy is however amazingThe main reason that so little attention is paid to Continental philosophy by Analytic philosophers has to be frankly acknowledged It is that the latter are impatient with at best at worst contemptuous of and here I will illustrate the point what they see as the abuses and confusions of language which in its unexplained neologising its deliberate ambiguity and its overloading attenuating or deflating of meanings the use of the virgule is a common device as above a form of phallusy seems impressionistic and slippery the unclarity a mask for unclarity of thought or worse a pretence of profundity When I spotted Grayling s History of Philosophy on the new acuisitions shelf of my library I thought back fifty years ago to reading Bertrand Russell s History of Western Philosophy Russell s book was one man s opinionated take on the whole gamut of philosophy and Grayling s book is much the same One major difference is that seventy five years have Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery (English Edition) eBook: James Tait Goodrich, David A. Staffenberg: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. elapsed so that Grayling s book contains developments that I wish I had known about when I was in graduate school Another major difference is that western philosophy hasvolved in a multicultural direction so that Grayling s book contains sections on Indian Chinese and Arabic Persian philosophy as well as briefer parts on African and feminist philosophyIt s wonderful to get a review of material with which I have had some E of the Buddha Confucius and Socrates through Christianity's dominance of the European mind to the Renaissance and Enlightenment and on to Mill Nietzsche Sartre and philosophy today And since the story of philosophy is incomplete without mention of the great philosophical traditions of India China and the Persian Arabic world he gives a comparative survey of them tooIntelligible for students and Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes eye opening for philosophy readers he coverspistemology metaphysics thics

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Anthony Clifford A C Grayling is a British philosopher In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities an independent undergraduate college in London Until June 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck University of London where he taught from 1991 He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Annes College OxfordHe is a director and contributor at Pr