This is a comprehensive introduction to the history of Western Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Twentieth Century thought. In addition to all the key figures, the book covers figures whose contributions have so far been overlooked, such as Vico, Montesquieu, Durkheim and Weber.
Along with in-depth discussion of the philosophical movements, Skirbekk and Gilje also discuss the natural sciences, the establishment of the Humanities, Socialism and Fascism, Psychoanalysis, and the rise of the social sciences.
History of Western Thought is an ideal introduction to philosophy and the sociological and scientific structures that have shaped modern day philosophy.
Table of Contents
1. Pre-Socratics Philosophy / 2. Sophist and Socrates / 3. Plato / 4. Aristotle / 5. The Late Classical Period / 6. The Middle Ages / 7. The Rise of the Natural Sciences / 8. The Renaissance and Realpolitik / 9. Doubt and Belief / 10. Rationalism and System / 11. Locke / 12. Empiricsm and Critique of Knowledge / 13.The Enlightenment / 14. Utilitarianism and Liberalism / 15.Kant / 16. Establishment of the Humanities / 17. Hegel / 18. Marx / 19. Kierkegaard / 20. Darwin / 21. Nietzsche and Pragmatism / 22. Socialism and Functionalism / 23. Freud and Psychoanalysis / 24. The Rise of the Social Sciences / 25. New Advancement in the Natural Sciences / 26. A Glimpse of Contemporary Philosophy / 27. Modernity and Crisis
Gunnar Skirbeck and Nils Gilje are Professors of Philosophy at Bergen University, Norway.