By Anthony Kenny
Sir Anthony Kenny right here maintains his interesting account of the background of philosophy, concentrating on the thousand-year-long medieval interval. this is often the second one quantity of a four-book set during which Kenny will spread a magisterial new historical past of Western philosophy, the 1st significant single-author background of philosophy to seem in decades.
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A New History of Western Philosophy: Volume 2: Medieval Philosophy by Anthony Kenny