Darkness_Fish wrote:K wrote:^^^^^ great post. Thank you. wrote:Russell's 'A History of Western Philosophy' which has type so tiny that I can't see it in a dark room, which is my fabourite place to read. At this rate I'll be reading it on the shitter and finishing it in 2019.
A brilliant piece of work. Although I think it was written right at the ned of WW 2 so he is a bit down on Nietzsche but his work on the Greek philosophers and the modern philosophers is brilliant.
I hear differing opinions on that one, from people who studied philosophy, that Leibniz was really the only philosopher that Russell was genuinely an expert on, and that some of the profiles of the other philosophers were scratchy at best. Personally, as a unschooled know-nothing, it seemed to me that the between the Greeks and the enlightenment, there wasn't an awful lot of advancement of thought, a philosopher's time was mostly spent dancing around Christian dogma. I did find it a bit of a slog, it has to be said.
Fair enough, It's not a textbook, more of a history and an introduction. He has his opinions which do come through a times, but it's a pretty good guide and a good list of many (not all) of the key philosophers and their theories. It's a while since I last looked through it, but it doesn't include Wittgenstein, if I recall.
I do recommend his book The Problems of Philosophy to anyone new to philosophy.