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Handbook in the History of Western Philosophy by Albert E. Avey; Book Review


The history of Western Philosophy is indeed of interest in understanding modern society and civilizations. The book; Handbook in the History of Western Philosophy is comparable to reading about 1500 pages of Wikipedia on the subject. Indeed having done both now, I would say that I recommend reading this book by Albert E. Avey.

Of course you cannot buy this book printed by Barnes and Noble in 1957 because it is not available anywhere, except maybe a couple of copies on eBay now and again. The book starts out with a chapter called; “Early Reflective Thoughts” which goes back to 3500 BC to about 700 BC and touches on the philosophy of Babylonian and Egyptian past periods.

Then the book gets even more interesting during the Pre-Socratic Periods and Greek Classic Periods. All the greats of that time are mentioned as well as the foundation that would later build into what we consider Western Philosophy.

Next we find some seven chapters taking us through 1AD to the 1850s and see the influence of religion and how that affected Western Philosophy or perhaps stifled it, although that is entirely up to the reader to decide how to play it. After the 1850s we see a new emergence of Western Philosophy take off and that gives hope for the future.

From 1850 to the 1950s the book brings itself up to date with the latest thinking of the time. If you are a philosophy student, instructor or perhaps just interested in the history of such things you should read it. My take on the book was one of disgust towards Western Philosophy and human thought and the limited thinking that has been trumpeted as deep thought. The book however was excellent in allowing me to come to this observation.

I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.


Source by Lance Winslow

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