The History of Western Philosophy – Socrates

Socrates looms large in Philosophy’s history, but, as Russell notes, “is a very difficult subject for the historian.” Russell outlines some notes that are generally accepted as being true: – “He was undoubtedly an Athenian citizen of moderate means” and well-known.– He educated the young and, unlike the Sophists, did so for free– He was…

The History of Western Philosophy – Pythagoras

(click for bigger picture) Who thought reading a history of Philosophy would be funny? Regarding Pythagoras, credited with first developing deductive reasoning, Russell offers this: Pythagoras is one of the most interesting and puzzling men in history. Not only are the traditions concerning him an almost inextricable mixture of truth and falsehood, but even in…

The History of Western Philosophy

I started “The History of Western Philosophy” by Bertrand Russell today. He is a skilled, direct writer. I am encouraged by this as a broad and deep topic does not need to be hampered by imprecise and/or pretentious prose. From the “introductory:” Philosophy, as I shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and…