General Histories | Ancient Greece
and Roman | Middle Ages | Renaissance
| Modern Philosophy
Brehier, Emile, History of philosophy, (Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 1963-69), 7 vols.
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A standard work for the history of European philosophy since it was
first published in France in the 20s and the 30s.
Copleston, Frederick, A history of philosophy, (Westminister,
MD: Newman Press, 1963), 8 vols.
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A clear, concise, and reliable survey of the whole of western philosophy.
Russell, Bertrand, A history of Western philosophy, (New York:
Simon and Schuster, 1945)
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A lively, one-volume introduction to the history of philosophy. Although
popular and well-written, it is not highly regarded by philosophers.
Scharfstein, Ben-Ami. A Comparative History of World Philosophy:
From the Upanishads to Kant. (Albany: State University of New York,
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An excellent, comparative history of the European, Indian, and Chinese
philosophical traditions. In almost every chapter, Scharfstein examines
a philosophical theme and traces how it is developed in each tradition.
Ancient Greece and Rome
Armstrong, A.H., ed., The Cambridge History of Later Greek and
Early Medieval Philosophy, (London: Cambridge University Press,
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A survey of later Greek and early Christian thought from the fourth
century B.C. to the twelfth century A.D.
Gomperz, Theodor, Greek thinkers: A history of ancient philosophy,
(London: J. Murray, 1914), 4 vols.
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Published in Germany between 1893 and 1909, this remains an important work
on the history of Greek philosophy.
Guthrie, W.K.C., A history of Greek philosophy, (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1962-1981), 6 vols.
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The standard work, in English, on Greek philosophy. Begins with the
pre-Socratics and ends with Aristotle.
Cambridge history of later medieval philosophy, edited by
Norman Kretzmann et.al., (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982)
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Essays ranging from the rediscovery of Aristotle in the 11th century
to the end of scholasticism in the 16th.
Gilson, Etienne, History of Christian philosophy in the Middle Ages,
(New York: Random House, 1955)
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A superb introduction to philosophy in the Middle Ages by a renowned
scholar, with an extensive bibliography.
Cambridge history of Renaissance philosophy, edited by Charles
B. Schmitt et.al., (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988)
*R-YAM 88-3038, Rose Main Reading Room
An examination of philosophical thought from the middle of the 14th to
the 17th century, and the beginning of modern philosophy.
Lowith, Karl, From Hegel to Nietzsche: The revolution in nineteenth
century thought, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991)
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Lowith's work is considered by many to be the best study of 19th century
Passmore, John, A hundred years of philosophy, 2nd edition, (
London: Duckworth, 1966)
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An important and influential book that examines the major philosophical
movements of the last hundred years.