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RUSSELL, Bertrand.

History of Western Philosophy

and its connection with political and social circumstances from the earliest times to the present day.

London : 1946 Stock Code: 140564
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First UK edition, first impression. Russell's expansive account of the history of philosophy, ranging from the Orphism of ancient Greece to the logical positivism of the author's present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book. Written during the Second World War, Russell's project was in part conceived to explain to his audience the exact nature of the civilization for which they were fighting. Appropriately, the dust jackets were printed on the backs of surplus Second World War maps, the present example interestingly showing Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and part of north-west Normandy, with a partial legend. Simon & Schuster had published the first US edition the preceding year.
Loosely inserted is a press cutting from The Times, 10 June 1986, of an article titled "The meeting of two master minds" exploring the philosophical currents of John Rawls and Derek Parfit.
From the library of the 1970s BBC political editor Peter Hardiman Scott (1920-1999), with his occasional annotations.

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Octavo. Original grey cloth, spine lettered in yellow on a brown ground. With the dust jacket.


Pictorial bookplate of Peter Hardiman Scott to front free endpaper, covering his ownership inscription in green ink, dated 1947. Minor bumping to corners, the binding bright and firm, internally untoned. A very good copy in the unfaded jacket, light wear to corners, a few edge-splits, not price-clipped.


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