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A History of Western Philosophy

by Bertrand Russell

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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Categories: PhilosophyPolitics & Social Sciences

Reading time: 3033 hours


Sam Harris
Neuroscientist, Philosopher, Author and Podcaster

One book I recommend on philosophy, just to get your bearings, is Bertrand Russell’s “A History of Western Philosophy.” Bertrand Russell, as you surely know, is one of the great philosophers of his time and just a remarkably clear thinker and writer.