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Frederick Copleston, SJ. has written the most clear and complete multi-volume history of Western philosophy available, with increasing detail as it becomes more and more contemporary. It is not exciting, dramatic, or “existential” but it is very fair, clear, logical, and helpful.


Dr. Peter Kreeft , professor of philosophy at Boston College


Volume 1

Greece and Rome: From the Pre-Socratics to Plotinus

March 2018 - Introduction, Pre-Socratic (Part I), Socratic Period (Part II)

April 2018 - Plato (Part III)

May 2018 - Aristotle (Part IV)

June 2018 - Post-Aristotelian Philosophy (Part V)

Volume 2

Medieval Philosophy: From Augustine to Duns Scotus

July 2018 - Introduction, Pre-Mediaeval Period (Part I), The Carolingian Renaissance (Part II)

August 2018 - The Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Centuries (Part III), Islamic/Jewish Philosopher (Part IV), and The Thirteenth Century (Part IV, only CH XXII-XXIV)

September 2018 - St. Bonaventure, St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas (Part IV, only CH XXV-XXXIII)

October 2018 - St. Thomas Aquinas (Part IV, only CH XXXIV-XLI)

November 2018 - The Thirteenth Century (Part IV, only XLII-LI)

Volume 3

Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy: Ockham, Francis Bacon, and the Beginning of the Modern World

December 2018 - Introduction, The Fourteenth Century (Part I, only CH II-IX)

January 2019 - The Fourteenth Century (Part I, only CH X-XII), Philosophy of the Renaissance (Part II)

February 2019 - Scholasticism of the Renaissance (Part III)

Volume 4

Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Leibniz

March 2019 - Introduction and Descartes (CH II-VI)

April 2019 - Pascal, Cartesianism, Malebranche, Spinoza, Leibniz (CH VII-XVIII)

Volume 5

Modern Philosophy: The British Philosophers from Hobbes and Hume

May 2019 - Hobbes, Cambridge Platonists, Locke (CH I-VII)

June 2019 - Newton, Religious Problems, Problems of Ethics, Berkeley (CH VIII-XIII)

July 2019 - Hume, For and Against Hume (CH XIV-XVIII)

Volume 6

Modern Philosophy: From the French Enlightenment to Kant

August 2019 - The French Enlightenment (Part I) and The German Enlightenment (Part II)

September 2019 - The Rise of the Philosophy of History (Part III) and Kant (Part IV, only CH X-XIII)

October 2019 - Kant (Part IV, only CH XIV-XVI) and Concluding Review (CH XVII)

Volume 7

Modern Philosophy: From the Post-Kantian Idealists to Marx, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche

November 2019 - Post-Kantian Idealist Systems (Part I, only CH I-VIII)

December 2019 - Post-Kantian Idealist Systems (Part I, only CH IX-XI) and The Reaction Against Metaphysical Idealism (Part II, only CH XII-XIV)

January 2020 - The Reaction Against Metaphysical Idealism (Part II, only CH XV-XVII) and Later Current of Thought (Part III)

Volume 8

Modern Philosophy: Empiricism, Idealism, and Pragmatism in Britain and America

February 2020 - British Empiricism (Part I)

March 2020 - The Idealist Movement in Great Britain (Part II)

April 2020 - Idealism in America (Part III) and The Pragmatist Movement (Part IV)

May 2020 - The Revolt Against Idealism (Part V), Epilogue, Appendix (John Henry Newman)

Volume 9

Modern Philosophy: From the French Revolution to Sartre, Camus, and Levi-Strauss

June 2020 - From the Revolution to Auguste Comte (Part I) and From Auguste Comte to Henri Bergson (Part II, only CH VI-VII)

July 2020 - From Auguste Comte to Henri Bergson (Part II, only CH VIII-X) and From Bergson to Sartre (Part III, only CH XI-XIII)

August 2020 - From Bergson to Sartre (Part III, only CH XIV-XVIII)

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