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Proudhon and the most space given to St Simon who however is still not covered adeuately and a chapter on Comte The second part From Auguste Comte to Henri Bergson and the beginning of the third part From Bergson to "Sartre or than a third of the book however is given mainly to the spiritualist tradition Philosophy "or than a third of the book however is given mainly to the spiritualist tradition Philosophy Christian Apologetics and Thomism in France apart from Bergson and Maritain these chapters were all about writers I hadn t heard of and despite Copleston in his element here trying to differentiate their minute differences about God and theology and determine How Close They Are close they are Catholic orthodoxy they all seemed pretty determine how close they are to Catholic orthodoxy they all seemed pretty to be saying the same things trying to se Maine de Biran andor German Idealism to reconcile God and Christian metaphysics with a positivist conception of science There is then a fairly interesting chapter on Philosophy of Science including Poincar Duhem Meyerson and Bachelard followed by two chapters on basically Catholic writers including Teilhard de Chardin and Gabriel Marcel he ends Smitten up with two chapters on Sartre and a last chapter on Camus and Merleau Ponty with a few concluding paragraphs on Levi Strauss and structuralism In addition to theestion of his choice of subjects this book also was less objective than the others in its treatment Although Copleston never pretended to be objective in the sense of hiding his Catholic perspective and I preferred that in that a known and admitted bias is easier to correct for than a hidden one which is what is found with most objective accounts in a subject as controversial as philosophy he did try to nderstand everyone he discussed and present them fairly and then criticize them in a respectful way In this book he lets his opinions overrule this especially with Sartre who. Aphysics knew that seminary students were fed a woefully inadeuate diet of theses and proofs and that their familiarity with most of history's great thinkers was reduced to simplistic caricatures Copleston set out to redress the wrong by writing a complete history of Western philosophy one crackling with incident and intellectual excitement and one that gives full place to each thinker presenting his thought in a beautifully rounded mann. .
M he obviously has a great dislike for To begin with Sartre here seems out of place to come from out of nowhere because seems out of place to come from out of nowhere because has excluded most secular philosophers after the classical positivists and the Marxist tradition entirely he considers Marxism to be a nineteenth century philosophy which would be forgotten if it hadn t been articially adopted by the Communist parties as an official line rather ironic for a Thomist who supports a thirteenth century philosophy artifically kept alive by having been adopted as

the official line 
official line the Catholic Church I would guess there are far Marxists outside the Communist parties than Thomists outside the Catholic Church He refers to Sartre s dialectical arguments freuently with expressions such as tiresome jargon I might se the same expression for the jargon of the Transcendental Absolute and so forth in the writers he discusses earlierNow that I have finished to sum p the whole history the first volume was fairly weak and I would recommend another history for Greek philosophy eg Guthri Just dipping mostly for French traditionalist and Catholic renaissance material de Maistre Maritain et alEverything I read 4 of 18 chapters was very clear even Bergson who has always seemed opaue to me If I had time I d read the whole series slowly starting with the pre Socratics I ll browse the Other Volumes In Any volumes in any A History of Philosophy 9 Modern Philosophy A History of Philosophy 9 Frederick Charles CoplestonVolume 9 Maine de Biran to Sartre From the French Revolution to Auguste Comte including Maine de Biran From Auguste Comte to Henri Bergson From Henri Bergson to Jean Paul Sartre including Maurice Merleau Ponty 2009 1384 567 9789644457056 1392 20 Finally done all nine volumes highly recommended Now back to Thoma. Er and showing his links to those who went before and to those who came after him The result of Copleston's prodigious labors is a history of philosophy that is nlikely ever to be surpassed Thought magazine summed Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, up the general agreement among scholars and students alike when it reviewed Copleston's A History of Philosophy as broad minded and objective comprehensive and scholarlynified and well proportioned We cannot recommend it too highly.

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A History of PhilosophyA very compendious but very efficient historical Narrative Perfect Finally Finished After Three And Perfect Finally finished after three and half years Or forty three if you count the first time I started it in college This was the ninth and last volume He mentions a projected tenth volume in the preface but apparently never wrote it the tenth volume included in one reprint edition is an Lay My Burden Down unrelated collection of his essays Like the eighth volume this one is a real falling off from the level of the first seven as he explains himself in the preface faced with the large number of nineteenth and early twentieth century philosophers and with administrative responsibilities takingp much of his time he decided to concentrate on the thinkers he was already familiar with which obviously meant a concentration on Catholic or religious philosophers and writers who are not the authors I would consider to be representative of the British v 8 or French v 9 philosophy of the time I hadn t even heard of many of the authors he treats of in these two volumes despite having been a philosophy major in college Moreover many of the writers he discusses are not generally considered as Philosophers At All But at all but literary religious scientific or political figures and where the earlier volumes concentrate on a few major figures with general chapters in between in this one apart from Comte Bergson and Sartre no one gets their own chapter and there are many figures who are treated in a few paragraphsThe book begins well in the first part From the Revolution to Auguste Comte with the aftermath of the French revolution the Traditionalists and the Ideologues and then moves on to Maine de Biran there is a chapter on the Eclectics Royer Collard Cousins and Jouffroy one on Social Philosopy ie the Vérité (Love at Center Court, utopian socialists Fourier. Conceived originally as a serious presentation of the development of philosophy for Catholic seminary students Frederick Copleston's nine volume  A History Of Philosophy has journeyed far beyond the modest purpose of its author toniversal acclaim as the best history of philosophy in EnglishCopleston an Oxford Jesuit of immense erudition who once tangled with A J Ayer in a fabled debate about the existence of God and the possibility of met.