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A New History of Western Philosophy: An Exhausting Read

School of Athens

This article reviews A New History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny

While intellectual history is a bird’s eye view of the intellectual landscape, a history of philosophy is a x-ray version of that landscape. A Gothic church has her beautiful stained glass windows, paintings and all other exquisite adornments but they merely suggest or altogether fail to tell us the underlying structure that supports the church itself. The relation between ideas and philosophy is similar. Philosophy reveals what is the underlying flows behind the intellectual ideas. It is, therefore, an x-ray version of the intellectual history.

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A cup of ‘bloody’ coffee

A cup of 'bloody' coffee

A cup of ‘bloody’ coffee

Let’s say on a Sunday afternoon, the sky is cloudless and the sun is shining. You are brewing some hot coffee and smell the floral aroma. You can’t wait but pour a cup and sniff, noting a hint of honey chocolate. Sip a litte. You taste a a very fruity flavour akin to sweet berry and cinnamon. The feeling is light and smooth, with very fresh acidity. ‘Ah, a typical Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee!’, you think.

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