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Publisher's Summary

Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey. This engaging and comprehensive work has done much to educate and inform generations of general readers; it is written in accessible and elegantly crafted prose and allows for an easy grasp of complex ideas.

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©1945 Bertrand Russell (P)2013 Naxos AudioBooks

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An amazing read

Fantastic book, very comprehensive. A long read, but we'll worth it if you are interested in the subject.

exceptionally narrated.

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The Definitive History

Fascinating look over the not only the philosophy, but also the circumstances surrounding the philosophers themselves. This is THE book for anyone interested in getting into Philosophy.

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Make sure that this is the book that you're looking for.

I have no doubt that this book is highly regarded in some circles, and Bertrand Russell an authority on the matter. But as a layperson trying to expand my horizons, this hasn't quite helped me to access Russell's writings. It's a dense book, and the sort of writing that I'd rather have on a page to ponder and re-read as necessary.

You might have different expectations, and if this is the case, then I can't fault the performance or the recording quality. But be warned - know what you're getting yourself into.

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Delivers on the promise of the title

A thorough, and accessible, tour of the history of western philosophy. It's a worthwhile primer for an undergraduate starting out.

Notably it's a routine source used in the popular podcast philosophise this. It takes a fair bit of commitment to get through but it is excellent.

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a great update and summary

gret book really well read , it eas a bit long but enjoyable and enlightening

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An effort to finish, but a good listen

I came into this book as a layman, interested in a history of ethics in philosophy. The book focuses more on metaphysics and logical theory, so not what i was expecting. I can't fault it for not conforming to my expectations - but even so the story was in parts dry and was sometimes difficult to follow in the audio format. The performance was strong. Overall I did enjoy the book, but it was in parts a slog.