A History of Philosophy, Volume 2 by Frederick Charles Copleston

A History of Philosophy, Volume 2

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 to universal acclaim as the best history of philosophy in English.Copleston, 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 metaph...

Details A History of Philosophy, Volume 2

TitleA History of Philosophy, Volume 2
Release DateApr 10th, 1993
GenrePhilosophy, History, Reference, Nonfiction, Religion, Christianity, Science, Catholic

Reviews A History of Philosophy, Volume 2

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    A History of Philosophy 2: Medieval Philosophy (A History of Philosophy #2), Frederick Charles CoplestonVolume 2: Augustine to Scotus: Pre-mediaeval Influences (including St. Augustine), The Carolingian Renaissance, The Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Centuries, Islamic and Jewish Philosophy, The Thirteenth Century (including St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus).تاریخ نخستین خوانش: شانزدهم ماه جولای س...
  • James F
    This is the second volume of Father Copleston's History of Philosophy, probably the most comprehensive modern history available (see my review of volume 1). As a Thomist, he is dealing in this volume with the philosophies he is most interested in and knowledgeable about, and he gives much more detail on the period than other more secular histories. The volume begins with the Patristic era and the early middle ages, then moves on to the rediscover...
  • Erik Graff
    Copleston was popular at Loyola University Chicago--and not just because he and it were Jesuitical. His History of Philosophy was reputed to be a clear, readable overview of the field, albeit almost entirely focused on the West. The reading of his first volume on classical Greek and Roman philosophy confirmed this opinion, so, eventually, I proceeded to read more.While Volume I was good, Volume II, on medieval philosophy, was excellent. I'd been ...
  • Paul
    This is enormously readable and fun, aside from Freddie's unclean attraction to the word "propaedeutic". He steers what I find to be a good middle ground between trying to dredge up every auteur whose works have ever been found and focusing solely on a handful of top names. Thus Augustine, Erigena, and Bonaventure get multiple chapters, while several thinkers go by in between, but we do get a page or five or more to actually get to know the thoug...
  • Hesam.Ef
    تسلط کاپلستون بر موضوع بسیار خوب است ولی بسیاری از بحث های قرون وسطی امروزه بحث های بیهوده ای به نظر می رسند. تعداد زیادی از آن ها در زمره ی علم وارد شده اند و از حوزه ی فلسفه خارج. فلسفه ی این دوره همان طور که انتظار می رود به شدت تحت تاثیر کلام مسیحیت ...
  • John
    As one might imagine (and, if one is conscious not to prejudge, one would indeed imagine after a brief survey of the table of contents), this is a sweeping summation of a large amount of time in the history of philosophy. This is most certainly true: Father Copleston begins with a consideration of early Christian philosophy (whether or not one would call the early Christians "philosophers" in the true sense is, in my mind, debatable; most certain...
  • David Withun
    This was a very good, comprehensive overview of the philosophy of the Middle Ages, focused especially on the period from Augustine of Hippo to Duns Scotus, but touching on some areas outside of that as well. Thomas Aquinas, of course, takes up the largest chunk of the book of any of the philosophers covered. I was also impressed that Coplestone covered some of the more "obscure" -- or at least less known -- figures of Medieval philosophy, such as...
  • Paul
    In case you're confused, Goodreads has these two books (in my early 1960s, pre-ISBN edition) listed as separate editions of the single History of Philosophy Volume 2, which I can only assume was usually published as a single huge tome. My two "read dates" are the first half and the second half.The author sounds like a confirmed Thomist, and yet he actually made me aware of a great many criticisms of Thomas' actual claims and arguments. After read...
  • Aaron Crofut
    In fairness, I read the first half of the book; St. Thomas Aquinas will have to wait until I can properly devote time to him. I picked this book up for its section on Sts. Augustine and Bonaventure. Copleston presents these historical thinkers in a clear and lucid manner, and his books make decent references for their philosophy. It is unfortunate that St. Bonaventure's philosophical material is so difficult to find in English.
  • Nikolay Korablev
    Lots of untranslated Latin - caveat lector. For a nonbeliever, the author's priorities can be frustrating (obviously God, soul, metaphysics most of all) but his Thomism was the reason I undertook to read this series - to get a glimpse of an alien mind, and in this respect, the book does not disappoint. Beginners might want some supplementary encyclopedia-style reading.
  • Pastor Matt
    See my review of Volume 1 for the same criticisms hold, though I would add that I thought his summary of the work of Duns Scotus was a bit muddled.
  • Kevin Carson
    I'm fairly impressed with Copleston's entire history. But he's a neo-scholastic and an expert on 13th century philosophy, so he's probably one of the best introductions to medieval philosophy.
  • Austin Hoffman
    Very good introduction and summary of philosophy from this time period. Read sections on Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas.
  • Jeffrey Falk
    Frederick Copleston continues his detailed, connected recounting of the history of philosophy. Occasionally, his interpretations are questionable (e.g., when he states that Aquinas's philosophy was a consistent synthesis and not a juxtaposition of Aristotelianism and Christianity). However, his overview is mostly apodictic (as he would put it--beyond argument). This is a dense overview of the progression of medieval philosophy from Augustine to A...
  • Arys Aditya
    Sejarah filsafat, begitulah awal mula ketertarikan saya pada filsafat. Merenungi perjalanan orang-orang yang bergelut di dalamnya, bagaimana konteks kelahiran sebuah pemikiran, sampai bagaimana pemikiran tersebut mempengaruhi orang-orang setelahnya (dan juga implikasi-implikasi di jaman berikutnya). Saya pernah menyentuh semua edisi Sejarah Filsafat Coppleston ini, meskipun tak pernah sekalipun tuntas membacanya. Dan bagi pembaca awam yang baru m...
  • David
    Good overview of philosophy up to about 1300; spends a lot of time on Aquinas and Augustine.
  • James of the Redwoods
    I am re-reading this.
  • нєνєℓ ¢ανα
    This is one of the best books on history of philosophy!