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Sir Anthony Kenny's engaging new multi-volume history of Western philosophy now advances into the modern era. The Rise of Modern Philosophy captures the fascinating story of the emergence, from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, of the great ideas and intellectual systems that shaped modern thought. Kenny introduces us to some of the world's most origina Sir Anthony Kenny's engaging new multi-volume history of Western philosophy now advances into the modern era. The Rise of Modern Philosophy captures the fascinating story of the emergence, from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, of the great ideas and intellectual systems that shaped modern thought. Kenny introduces us to some of the world's most original and influential thinkers and helps us gain an understanding of their famous works. The great minds we meet include Rene Descartes, traditionally seen as the founder of modern philosophy; the great British philosophers Hobbes, Locke, and Hume; continental thinkers such as Spinoza, Liebniz, and Hegel; and the towering figure of Immanuel Kant, who perhaps more than any other made philosophy what it is today. Kenny first tells the story of modern philosophy chronologically: his lively, accessible narrative brings the philosophers to life and fills in the historical and intellectual background to their work. It is ideal as the first thing to read for someone new to this wonderfully creative period. Kenny then backtracks to look closely at each of the main areas of philosophical exploration in this period: knowledge and understanding; the nature of the physical universe; metaphysics (the most fundamental questions there are about existence); mind and soul; the nature and content of morality; political philosophy; and God. The book also features many intriguing and beautiful illustrations which evoke the human and social side of philosophy. Anyone who is interested in the evolution of modern thought will find this a book a treasure.


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Sir Anthony Kenny's engaging new multi-volume history of Western philosophy now advances into the modern era. The Rise of Modern Philosophy captures the fascinating story of the emergence, from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, of the great ideas and intellectual systems that shaped modern thought. Kenny introduces us to some of the world's most origina Sir Anthony Kenny's engaging new multi-volume history of Western philosophy now advances into the modern era. The Rise of Modern Philosophy captures the fascinating story of the emergence, from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, of the great ideas and intellectual systems that shaped modern thought. Kenny introduces us to some of the world's most original and influential thinkers and helps us gain an understanding of their famous works. The great minds we meet include Rene Descartes, traditionally seen as the founder of modern philosophy; the great British philosophers Hobbes, Locke, and Hume; continental thinkers such as Spinoza, Liebniz, and Hegel; and the towering figure of Immanuel Kant, who perhaps more than any other made philosophy what it is today. Kenny first tells the story of modern philosophy chronologically: his lively, accessible narrative brings the philosophers to life and fills in the historical and intellectual background to their work. It is ideal as the first thing to read for someone new to this wonderfully creative period. Kenny then backtracks to look closely at each of the main areas of philosophical exploration in this period: knowledge and understanding; the nature of the physical universe; metaphysics (the most fundamental questions there are about existence); mind and soul; the nature and content of morality; political philosophy; and God. The book also features many intriguing and beautiful illustrations which evoke the human and social side of philosophy. Anyone who is interested in the evolution of modern thought will find this a book a treasure.

30 review for The Rise of Modern Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aneece

    An attempt to adopt Anglo-Saxon usage to logic led to this 16th Century construction: Gaynsaying shewsayes are two shewsayes, the one a yeasaye and the other a naysaye, changing neither foreset, backset nor verbe. Priceless.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anju Mai

    Exam book. I really enjoyed this. It was easier for me to understand than the other exam book which was in Finnish (my mother tongue). I think Anthony Kenny expressed the philosophers' ideas very eloauently, logically and concisely. There probably were many simplifications. For example, I even felt like I understood some of Hegel's philosophy, although I don't think I *actually* understand it. Exam book. I really enjoyed this. It was easier for me to understand than the other exam book which was in Finnish (my mother tongue). I think Anthony Kenny expressed the philosophers' ideas very eloauently, logically and concisely. There probably were many simplifications. For example, I even felt like I understood some of Hegel's philosophy, although I don't think I *actually* understand it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Betawolf

    My concerns from the end of the second volume, that Kenney might struggle with the growing cast of notable historic philosophers, turn out to be unfounded. His history has here zoomed out to some degree, talking at times of general critical reception, but on the whole the story still hangs together. The change in material from the scholastics is extremely welcome, too, and makes the reading a lot more interesting. The arrival of modern political philosophy is particularly appreciated, as it is o My concerns from the end of the second volume, that Kenney might struggle with the growing cast of notable historic philosophers, turn out to be unfounded. His history has here zoomed out to some degree, talking at times of general critical reception, but on the whole the story still hangs together. The change in material from the scholastics is extremely welcome, too, and makes the reading a lot more interesting. The arrival of modern political philosophy is particularly appreciated, as it is one of my favourite areas. My favourite subject appears to be Hobbes, somewhat unexpectedly. I know of him almost entirely for _Leviathan_, and had never previously realised that he was the originator of the compatabilist solution to the free will debate, which has always seemed so clear a solution since I first heard it explained. Kenney covers his attitude on a few other topics, where he sounds shockingly modern. In fact, I found myself quite impressed by all the British philosophers of this period -- Hobbes, Locke and Hume -- in a way that a lot of the continentals left me cold. Possibly the best of the latter was Spinoza, whose metaphysics seems to be wrong, but in an appealingly consistent manner. Hume is also tortured, but Kenney makes the case that he was working in an impoverished background. I would much rather salute Hume than Kant, who so relied on him. The early modern period seems to be the exciting bit of philosophy's history, with God no longer being threaded into every consideration, and some genuinely novel thoughts being developed. On this grounding, I am cautiously optimistic about the final volume.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mario_Bambea

    La trama si infittisce Terzo volume di questa opera divulgativa sulla filosofia: lo schema rimane quello dei primi tomi - primi tre capitoli con un excursus storico-biografico sui pensatori del periodo e poi capitoli monografici dedicati a tematiche filosofiche. Sembra quasi che Kenny abbia voluto mantenere lo stesso numero di pagine per i 4 volumi, quindi qui, a volte, la trattazione risulta un pò compressa e eccessivamente sintetizzata: per dire, qualche pagina in più per Kant o Hegel si potev La trama si infittisce Terzo volume di questa opera divulgativa sulla filosofia: lo schema rimane quello dei primi tomi - primi tre capitoli con un excursus storico-biografico sui pensatori del periodo e poi capitoli monografici dedicati a tematiche filosofiche. Sembra quasi che Kenny abbia voluto mantenere lo stesso numero di pagine per i 4 volumi, quindi qui, a volte, la trattazione risulta un pò compressa e eccessivamente sintetizzata: per dire, qualche pagina in più per Kant o Hegel si poteva anche concedere. In ogni caso, ottime e molto chiare le trattazioni monotematiche dove il rigore dell'esposizione si accompagna ad una buona capacità divulgativa anche sui temi più ostici per i non esperti: ho anche apprezzato la capacità di Kenny di discutere le idee dei vari filosofi, contestando alcuni errori logici - l'unico modo per rendere vivo il pensiero è dibatterlo e discuterlo. Ogni tanto salta fuori la formazione cattolica-tomista (i capitoli su Dio sono tra i più chiari e ben esposti) anche con qualche puntura di spillo un pò fuori luogo (tipo una randellata al gruppo di Bloomsbury totalmente fuori contesto).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anderson Paz

    Nesse terceiro volume de sua obra, Kenny abrange o período da filosofia humanista do século XVI à filosofia de Kant e Hegel nos séculos XVIII e XIX. Os capítulos um e dois dispõem de uma apresentação cronológica dos autores, e do três ao dez são apresentados vários temas (conhecimento, física, metafísica, mente e alma, ética, filosofia política e Deus), articulando-se as respectivas interpretações dos autores do período para tais temas. Nesse volume, Kenny apresenta a filosofia de Erasmo, More e Nesse terceiro volume de sua obra, Kenny abrange o período da filosofia humanista do século XVI à filosofia de Kant e Hegel nos séculos XVIII e XIX. Os capítulos um e dois dispõem de uma apresentação cronológica dos autores, e do três ao dez são apresentados vários temas (conhecimento, física, metafísica, mente e alma, ética, filosofia política e Deus), articulando-se as respectivas interpretações dos autores do período para tais temas. Nesse volume, Kenny apresenta a filosofia de Erasmo, More e Lutero (mas não se debruça sobre Calvino, infelizmente), a filosofia jesuíta, o pensamento de Giordano Bruno, Galileu, Bacon. Em seguida, trata do pensamento de Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Pascal, Spinoza, Leibniz, e chega a Hume, Smith, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, dentre outros. É uma obra de fôlego e de cuidadosa análise do pensamento dos autores referidos.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arttu Malek

    This book is the one I spent the most time reading in the series so far. It wasn't particularly due to its in-depth analysis(even though some parts are quite deep), but rather due to the amount of tedium Kand and Hegel synopsis throws at me. Well, that's certainly not the book's fault and in other segments like casuists history or Descartes philosophy, the book really shines for me. The Rise of Modern Philosophy has the same structure as the first two books from the series, so that brings the sa This book is the one I spent the most time reading in the series so far. It wasn't particularly due to its in-depth analysis(even though some parts are quite deep), but rather due to the amount of tedium Kand and Hegel synopsis throws at me. Well, that's certainly not the book's fault and in other segments like casuists history or Descartes philosophy, the book really shines for me. The Rise of Modern Philosophy has the same structure as the first two books from the series, so that brings the same upsides and downsides as could be seen in them. Although the material is overall solid, it feels more like a patched blanket compared to Medieval or Ancient Philosophy books due to the vastness of the material too varying for one book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dardan

    Within 300 pages and without liberal use of excerpts drawn from primary texts, it's simply too difficult, if not impossible to draw an oversight of many philosophers, their time, while at the same time giving access and thereby true understanding of the work described. Within 300 pages and without liberal use of excerpts drawn from primary texts, it's simply too difficult, if not impossible to draw an oversight of many philosophers, their time, while at the same time giving access and thereby true understanding of the work described.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lee Matibe

    The dates are consistently inconsistent. 1 moment it will say the person died in 1804 and then a sentence and a half later will say they physically visited another great person in 1860. This just screams no proof reading to the point where I don’t know if I can trust the other information.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena

    Gutes Überblickswerk über die Philosophie Geschichte, auch wenn man sich über die Kategorien und ihre Einteilung streiten kann.

  10. 5 out of 5

    G0thamite

    Kenny's four volume series is a wonderful "middle-ground" text between Copleston's multi-volume work on the one hand, and Bertrand Russell's single-volume text on the other. He is able to distill the essential concepts of each philosopher without over-simplifying or trivializing their contribution. Each volume begins with a history of the period in the first few chapters followed by a thematic treatment of the major categories of philosophy: epistemology, axiology, political theory, metaphysics Kenny's four volume series is a wonderful "middle-ground" text between Copleston's multi-volume work on the one hand, and Bertrand Russell's single-volume text on the other. He is able to distill the essential concepts of each philosopher without over-simplifying or trivializing their contribution. Each volume begins with a history of the period in the first few chapters followed by a thematic treatment of the major categories of philosophy: epistemology, axiology, political theory, metaphysics and so on. I like the approach. Kenny has given us a wonderfully approachable text for understanding what the major philosophers have taught, and he is able to tie the history of one philosopher to the next. A great introduction for undergraduates. You will do well to work through it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barnaby

    A solid, well-written discussion. I would appreciate more depth on some of the more obscure thinkers, but that can be had elsewhere in the specialist literature. This is intended to be an intelligent, lucid overview and it succeeds. I'd suggest this particularly to anyone investigating seventeenth- or eighteenth-century Europe as the perfect background text on the philosophical climate. A solid, well-written discussion. I would appreciate more depth on some of the more obscure thinkers, but that can be had elsewhere in the specialist literature. This is intended to be an intelligent, lucid overview and it succeeds. I'd suggest this particularly to anyone investigating seventeenth- or eighteenth-century Europe as the perfect background text on the philosophical climate.

  12. 4 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Shashwat

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marco

  15. 4 out of 5

    Steve Partridge

  16. 4 out of 5

    Subhajit Das

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia East

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tony Ross

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alper Atasoy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Torstein

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sergio Viudes Aracil

  23. 4 out of 5

    Machiel Lonzieme

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Jia Loong

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul Wren

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Lee

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fox the Pest

  30. 5 out of 5

    Graham

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