London: The Folio Society, 2004.
Second Printing. Hardcover. 9 1/2" X 6 5/8". xxvi, 833pp. Mild edgewear and dust spotting to black paper slipcase. Bound in full chesnut brown Morocco leather over boards, with geometric designs in black and gilt to boards and spine designed by Jeff Clements. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Very gentle bumping to corners and light dust soiling to bottom edge of text block. Biniding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Previous owner's blind stamp to half-title, else pages clean, bright, and unmarked. A very presentable leatherbound edition of The Folio Society's presentation of Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy.
ABOUT HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY:
In this engrossing book, Russell set out to ‘exhibit philosophy as an integral part of social and political life, not as the isolated speculations of remarkable individuals’. His approach is bold, comprehensive and chronological: with its accessible, lively summaries of exemplary ideas and thinkers, History of Western Philosophy can be used as an encyclopaedia or read as social history. It compares and explains general trends not only in philosophy but in the development of human society, relating individuals to their historical context and describing each philosopher’s impact on the cultural and political spheres of the day.
From the rise of Greek civilisation and the ideas of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, through Machiavelli, Descartes, Locke, Rousseau, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, to Einstein (Russell’s distinguished contemporary) and the world of quantum theory, 2,500 years of philosophy are boldly, lucidly and entertainingly made available to anyone interested in the most fundamental questions posed by the world and mankind’s place in it. Russell, whose own appetite for life was prodigious, filled his book with history, humour and anecdote. In his introduction to this edition, A. C. Grayling examines how Russell’s love for history permeates his work, and praises his ‘beautifully clear and lucid prose’. (publisher). Very good +. Item #6167