Sub-titled 'and Its Connection with Political and Social Circumstances from the Earliest Times to the Present Day'.
Introduced by A. C. Grayling. Extensive Index. Portrait frontispiece. Printed endpapers.
Fine looking Folio Society volume In very good condition, both book and case. The book is bound in tan buckram, top of pages gilded.
In this engrossing book, Russell set out to ‘exhibit philosophy as an integral part of social and political life, not as the isolated speculations of remarkable individuals’. His approach is bold, comprehensive and chronological: with its accessible, lively summaries of exemplary ideas and thinkers, History of Western Philosophy can be used as an encyclopaedia or read as social history. It compares and explains general trends not only in philosophy but in the development of human society, relating individuals to their historical context and describing each philosopher’s impact on the cultural and political spheres of the day.
From the rise of Greek civilisation and the ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, through Machiavelli, Descartes, Locke, Rousseau, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, to Einstein (Russell’s distinguished contemporary) and the world of quantum theory, 2,500 years of philosophy are boldly, lucidly and entertainingly made available to anyone interested in the most fundamental questions posed by the world and mankind’s place in it. Russell, whose own appetite for life was prodigious, filled his book with history, humour and anecdote. In his introduction to this edition, A. C. Grayling examines how Russell’s love for history permeates his work, and praises his ‘beautifully clear and lucid prose’.