This Post is an evolving resource in which I expand on ‘The Philosophy’-related reading reviews found in The Reading Room. This narrows the full list of reviews anchored in the following key themes and topics of the A.R.T. Project:
acceptance, reflection, and transformation
the body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit
These are the key attributes of life’s interconnecting matrix. As we explore this matrix through philosophy, psychology and spirituality, we acquire related knowledge and understandings significant meaning to our lives.
My reading reviews feature books, articles and blog posts to explore deeper awareness, connections and understandings. This allows us to creatively, personally, and critically reflect and transform.
Please stay tuned as list frequently updates with new reading reviews!
The History of Western Philosophy
by Bertrand Russell
Hailed as “lucid and magisterial” by The Observer, this book is universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject of Western philosophy.
Considered to be one of the most important philosophical works of all time. The History of Western Philosophy dazzled me with its unique explorations into the ideologies of significant philosophers throughout the ages—from Plato and Aristotle through to Spinoza, Kant and the twentieth century.
I found the audio version intriguing even as I exercised! The books comprehensiveness, clarity, erudition, grace, and wit shone through. In seventy-six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century.
Among the philosophers considered are: Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, the Atomists, Protagoras, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Cynics, the Sceptics, the Epicureans, the Stoics, Plotinus, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, Benedict, Gregory the Great, John the Scot, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Occam, Machiavelli, Erasmus, More, Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, the Utilitarians, Marx, Bergson, James, and. Dewey. Lastly, it explored the works of the philosophers with whom Lord Russell himself is most closely associated—Cantor, Frege, and Whitehead, coauthor with Russell of the monumental Principia Mathematica.
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