History (P.) Sabin, (H.) Van Wees and (M.) Whitby The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare, Volume 1: Greece, the Hellenistic World and the Rise of. A History of Philosophy is an eleven-volume history of Western philosophy written by the English Jesuit priest Frederick Charles Copleston. . Philosopher Christia Mercer described A History of Philosophy as: “One of the most influential . The best text of the history of philosophy now available in English. -The Historical Bulletin. A HISTORY OF. PHILOSOPHY. FREDERICK COPLESTON, S.J.

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After endless pages of Christian cant and obtuse verbiage I actually did learn something,I picked the wrong set.

I also do not know whether I can stand a pages-long history of almost entirely Christian philosophy, which happens to be content of the second volume. This was especially a problem when dealing with Aristotle’s various classifications provided all in untranslated Greekand especially the Latin Stoics, where Copleston, rather than summing up their thought hiatory English, often provided a paragraph-length Latin block quotation from e.

Cambridge University Press, We’re sorry – this copy is no longer available. From where I am standing, namely an amateur philosophy student, nothing looks improvable in this volume. Stars are assigned as follows: Giles – – The Classical Review 52 A History of Philosophy.

History of Philosophy Volume 1

Copleston adopted a number of honorary roles throughout the remainder of his career. A tenth volume was added to the Continuum edition in[13] and the eleventh is actually a collection of essays which appeared in as Contemporary Philosophy. A History of Philosophy Volume 1: I wanted to give myself a little leg up before starting an MA in Philosophy in another language.

He was Visiting Professor at the University of Santa Clara between andand he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen between and Indeed, only the spur of school, of being assured readers and intelligent criticism, had ever inspired me to write seriously since childhood.


Aristotelian and Platonic epistemology, metaphysics, psychology, ethics, politics and aesthetics were all summarized in a very able fashion by the author. After studying at Oxford, he held a number of academic posts, including Professor of the History of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at London University.

Retrieved from ” https: Again, if such measures were successful — and what does “successful” mean in this connection?

It quickly became a standard history outside that target audience because there was nothing approaching a comprehensive history of philosophy in Frdderick at the time which was at all recent or based on contemporary scholarship. He gives more space than most recent histories of Greek thought to the post-Aristotelian systems, since he naturally considers neo-Platonism as the culminating synthesis on the point of being taken into Christian theology.

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Cover of volume I. My only two complaints about it are: A History of Philosophy is no easy read, and requires a good deal of concentration. So he discusses them largely from that perspective, and also accepts Aristotle’s view that they are talking about what Aristotle is talking about, a metaphysical substratum, where in fact in my opinion they are doing something totally different, namely cosmogeny — talking about not what the world is but where it came from.

Moreover, when he arrives at the modern systems, his own views are so totally foreign to the systems discussed that he is probably more “objective” than any secular writer could be, who would necessarily sympathize with one of the tendencies under discussion.

He wrote this for Catholic priests who had a training in classical languages, something the layman u A great introduction to philosophy. Added to PP index Total downloads 26of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 11 45, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Copleston’s account of the rise of Christianity, including both its co-opting of and defeat of the more intellectual and less popular Neo-Platonism viz. He died in I have no inkling of what he believed about any Catholic doctrine.


The Empirical Stance Bas C. Galilee Trade, February 16. The volume series gives an accessible account of each philosopher’s work, and explains their relationship to the work of other philosophers.

If for any reason your order is not available to ship, you will not be charged. The New Catholic Encyclopedia: Home Academic Philosophy General. Copleston like Kenny sometimes “geeks out” so much over a particular philosopher that he adds too much for the student and other times he quotes directly from Greek and Latin sources, without translating them and this will also frustrate beginners. Intellectually, however, I was dissati By the spring of eighty I’d been out of school for almost two years.

This could be easily remedied with a newer addition and footnotes.

A History of Philosophy, Vol. 1: Greece and Rome, From the Pre-Socratics to Plotinus

He was ordained a Jesuit priest at Heythrop College in and soon after went to Germany to complete his training. I do commend his scholarship and I will keep the set. Barring that, it’s not the most accessible book. My only complaint is that this was written for Jesuit students and so is meant to explain philosophy in the context of how it fits Catholic teachings.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. After studying at Oxford, he held a or of academic posts, including Professor of the History of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at London University. In this event, there may be a slight delay in shipping and possible variation in description.

I think this multi-volume set is one of the most erudite works of its kind. Recommended to Wayne by: