A Very Short History of Western Thought by Stephen Trombley

By Stephen Trombley

A brief, sharp and pleasing survey of the advance of all features of the Western philosophical culture from the traditional Greeks to the current day.

Stephen Trombley's A brief historical past of Western Thought, outlines the 2,500-year historical past of ecu principles from the philosophers of Classical Antiquity to the thinkers of today.

No significant consultant of any major strand of Western suggestion escapes Trombley's awareness: the Christian Scholastic theologians of the center a while, the good philosophers of the Enlightenment, the German idealists from Kant to Hegel; the utilitarians Bentham and Mill; the transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau; Kierkegaard and the existentialists; the analytic philosophers Russell, Moore, Whitehead and Wittgenstein; and - final yet now not least - the 4 shapers-in-chief of our smooth global: Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein.

A brief historical past of Western Thought is a masterly distillation of two-and-a-half millennia of highbrow heritage, and a readable and exciting crash path in Western philosophy.

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J. J. M. Thack on, Jr. (Albany: The Persian Heritage Foundation, 1986), 52. Al-Idrīsī (the sixth/twelfth century) informs of buildings 5–7 storey high, in which 100 residents could be accommodated; see Roberto Rubinacci, “La ville du Caire dans la geographie d’al-Idrisi,” in Colloque international sur l’hi oire du Caire. 27 mars–5 avril 1969, ed. Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt (Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organization, 1972), 406. 46 See above, n. 45. 47 Alexandre Lézine, “Persistance de traditions préislamiques dans l’architecture domestique de l’Egypte musulmane,” AI 11 (1972): 1–22.

Copts proved invaluable for the Arab settlers who, having little idea about the local circumstances and equally little interest in business or administrative know-how, needed all possible help. 31 The local Jews, the majority of whom were the so-called Rabbanites, or those who followed the teachings of rabbis,32 27 Lev, State, 183. Wilfong, “Non-Muslim Communities,” 175. E. 29 See Wilfong, “Non-Muslim Communities,” 177–9. R. Boak, “Byzantine Imperialism in Egypt,” The American Hi orical Review 34/1 (1928): 1–8.

Buildings followed the street alignment so as to use every inch of land. 42 While, however, one can relatively safely defijine the dwellings of the truly 38 Stafffa, Conque , 46. Kubiak, Al Fusṭāṭ, 128. , 126. On the foreign professionals settling in Egypt in pre-Mamluk times see, for example, Goitein, Economic Foundations, 50–2; Stafffa, Conque , 46–7. 40 Raymond, Cairo, 20. C. Creswell, The Muslim Architecture of Egypt (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1952–59; repr. New York: Hacker Art Books, 1979), I, 120.

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