By Anthony Kenny
This illustrated version of Sir Anthony Kenny’s acclaimed survey of Western philosophy bargains the main concise and compelling tale of the full improvement of philosophy available.
Spanning 2,500 years of idea, An Illustrated short historical past of Western Philosophy offers crucial assurance of the main influential philosophers of the Western global, between them Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud, Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein.
Replete with over 60 illustrations - starting from Dufresnoy’s The demise of Socrates, via to the name web page of Thomas More’s Utopia, graphics of Hobbes and Rousseau, images of Charles Darwin and Bertrand Russell, Freud’s personal comic strip of the Ego and the identification, and Wittgenstein’s Austrian army identification card - this lucid and masterful paintings is perfect for somebody with an curiosity in Western suggestion.
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Leucippus thought he had a theory which was consistent with sense-perception and would not do away with coming to be and passing away or with motion and the multiplicity of things. He conceded thus much to appearances, but he agreed with the Monists that there could be no motion without void, and that the void was Unbeing and no part of Being, since Being was an absolute plenum. But there was not just one Being, but many, infinite in number and invisible because of the minuteness of their mass.
Apart from these few facts, which were embroidered by fiction writers in later antiquity, we know little about Plato’s life. However, unlike Socrates, Plato left behind many writings on philosophy, all of which survive today. But these works are in dialogue form, and Plato himself never appears in them as a speaker. Hence, it is difficult to be sure which of the varied and often conflicting philosophical positions propounded by the characters in the dialogues are ones to which Plato was himself committed.
So if we are reminded of absolute equality, we must have previously encountered it. But we did not do so in our present life with our ordinary senses of sight and touch. So we must have done so, by pure intellect, in a previous life before we were born – unless, improbably, we imagine that the knowledge of equality was infused into us at the moment of our birth. If the argument works for the idea of absolute equality, it works equally for other similar ideas, such as absolute goodness and absolute beauty.
An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny