Spanning 2500 years of thought, this superb volume provides essential coverage of the most influential philosophers of the Western world, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein, among many others.
The author examines the philosophical influence of non-philosophers such as Jesus, Darwin, and Freud and gives considerable attention to ancient and medieval philosophers like Abelard, Aquinas, and Augustine.
The book examines topics that engaged philosophers and explores the methods they used to address them. It includes the social, historical, and religious backgrounds of these great minds as well, to provide a vivid, precise picture of their works and ideas. Fascinating sections on the Feudal System, Rome and its Empire. Capitalism, Romanticism and more are provided to set the philosophical scenes.