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A Short History of Modern Philosophy

From Descartes to Wittgenstein (Routledge Classics)

By Roger Scruton

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Format: Paperback, 328 pages, 2nd Edition
Other Information: 1 black & white tables
Published In: United Kingdom, 12 October 2001
Discover for yourself the pleasures of philosophy! Written both for the seasoned student of philosophy as well as the general reader, the renowned writer Roger Scruton provides a survey of modern philosophy. Always engaging, Scruton takes us on a fascinating tour of the subject, from founding father Descartes to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. He identifies all the principal figures as well as outlines of the main intellectual preoccupations that have informed western philosophy. Painting a portrait of modern philosophy that is vivid and animated, Scruton introduces us to some of the greatest philosophical problems invented in this period and pursued ever since. Including material on recent debates, A Short History of Modern Philosophy is already established as the classic introduction. Read it and find out why.

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Roger Scruton (1944 - ). Philosopher, author, journalist, composer and editor of the Salisbury Review, considered to be one of the world's leading conservative philosophers.

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'Dr Scruton writes with an unusual clarity and fluency, and is always a pleasure to read ... this is certainly a book which you could give to anyone who was curious about philosophy and expect them to learn a lot from it.' - Alan Ryan, author of Bertrand Russell: A Political Life 'Anyone seeking a short and intelligible introduction to the ideas and intentions of Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel and Marx, among others, need look no further.' - Good Book Guide

EAN: 9780415267632
ISBN: 0415267633
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 19.84 x 12.85 x 1.75 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I picked up this book from Dr Croutons to help fill the gaps in my philosophical knowledge, particularly some of the earlier characters like Descartes (pronounced phonetically) and Hume (as in highway). I have a limited understanding of the game, with all my own knowledge falling into the 20th century post-structuralist band of French misfits. The book finished early, ending with Wittgenstein. For me Croutons found a good balance between simplified explanations of complicated ideas but not so simplified as to alienate those with a Sesame Street accredited qualification. I wouldn't give this to a complete freshy without a huge dictionary, an internet equipped mobile phone and one of those specialised Penguin dictionaries for Western Filo/Critical Theory/etc. because the academic buzzwords are out in full force. For a complete dummies guide to modern philosophy I'd probably recommend something else, like a university, or something in the New Critical Idiom series. Also the cover is very colourful in person.

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