By Stephen Trombley

ISBN-10: 085789627X

ISBN-13: 9780857896278

A brief, sharp and exciting survey of the improvement of all points 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 proposal escapes Trombley's recognition: the Christian Scholastic theologians of the center a long time, the nice 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 no longer least - the 4 shapers-in-chief of our smooth global: Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein.

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

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Graced outside by four soaring minarets constructed by successive sultans, the Ayasofya remained a lodestar of Islam until 1932, when the republican government of Kemal Ataturk converted the building into a museum—an act of secularization that has not been considered in Córdoba,. The building's 479 years as a mosque left their imprint but did not deform the space within. A few elegant additions—the loge for the sultan, the minbar (the pulpit for Friday prayers), the mihrab (the niche indicating the qibla, or the orientation toward Mecca)—are hardly noticeable under the eye-catching flourish of bold Kufic script that covers the dome.

The Yarmuk seems then a fittingly dramatic stage for a momentous event, something beyond the ordinary warring that a watercourse inspires in the peoples of a parched land. And the river, which winds dozens of inhospitable, cliff-lined kilometers westward before meeting the Jordan just south of the Sea of Galilee, did indeed witness an epochal occurrence, an instant of bloody encounter that would profoundly alter the civilization of the Mediterranean. For all its importance past and present, no monument or statue commemorates the fateful battle at its site.

Battles—Mediterranean Region—History. 5. East and West. I. Title. com 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 Typeset by Westchester Book Group Printed in the United States of America by Quebecor World Fairfield To my father & the memory of my mother CONTENTS Notes on Usage Introduction 1. Yarmuk 636 2. Poitiers 732 3. Córdoba, 4. Manzikert 1071 5. Palermo and Toledo 6. Hattin 1187 7. Las Navas de Tolosa 1212 8. The Sea of Faith 9. Constantinople 1453 and Kostantiniyye 10. Malta 1565 Epilogue Glossary People of the Sea of Faith Select Timeline Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments NOTES ON USAGE The goal of reducing obstacles in the reader's path sometimes leads to inconsistency, which, to my mind, is a benign vice when compared to the mischief inflicted on prose by an excess of scruples.

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