- Tapa dura: 320 páginas
- Editor: Routledge; Edición: 2 (23 de noviembre de 1995)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0415133270
- ISBN-13: 978-0415133272
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A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein (Inglés) Tapa dura – 23 nov 1995
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A Short History of Modern Philosophy is a lucid, challenging and up-to-date survey of the philosophers and philosophies from the founding father of modern philosophy, René Descartes, to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Roger Scruton has been widely praised for his success in making the history of modern philosophy cogent and intelligible to anyone wishing to understand this fascinating subject.
In this new edition, he has responded to the explosion of interest in the history of philosophy by substantially rewriting the book, taking account of recent debates and scholarship.
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Roger Scruton is well known as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He has written numerous books, including The Meaning of Conservatism, Sexual Desire, and Xanthippic Dialogues.
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The book is as lucid as Scruton can make it. He throws up his hands (figuratively) in some cases, arguing that Hegel and Heidegger, e.g., can be very difficult to understand. In general, this is not a book for the general reader. Nor is it a book for the deeply-rooted specialist. He does not use diagrams, pictures or colorful illustrative examples, as some introductory guides do. This is straight history for those with more than a passing familiarity with the subject. On the other hand, it is written with urgency as he takes us from figure to figure, noting prior influences (some of which skip generations). There is actual drama within the narrative as he heads toward Wittgenstein.
I note that RS is often identified as a ‘conservative’ philosopher, but he writes with fairness and objectivity. His disagreements are philosophic rather than political or religious and he apportions praise and (a little) blame based on the thinker’s philosophic depth and acuity.
He speaks about the different senses of ‘modern philosophy’, noting that some do not think we get truly modern philosophy until the twentieth century. I found his tracing of the long shadows of Cartesianism particularly telling and his discussion of Wittgenstein’s concept of the ‘language game’ very lucid.
I have read several of Scruton’s other books and have enjoyed them, particularly his Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Culture and his recent book, The Soul of the World. His work repays attention.