Product Description This is a comprehensive introduction to the history of Western Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Twentieth Century thought. In addition to all the key figures, the book covers figures whose contributions have so far been overlooked, such as Vico, Montesquieu, Durkheim and Weber. Along with in-depth discussion of the philosophical movements, Skirbekk and Gilje also discuss the natural sciences, the establishment of the Humanities, Socialism and Fascism, Psychoanalysis, and the rise of the social sciences. History of Western Thought is an ideal introduction to philosophy and the sociological and scientific structures that have shaped modern day philosophy. Review 'This book largely hits its target and is useful not only for students of philosophy, but also for a broader audience. The authors deserve special praise ... for the broader context offered than in similar books [and] also for a coherent structure and explanatory scope that are both intellectually challenging. History... offers a reader the prospect of answers to central and fundamental questions that are desperately needed in the current era ... an ambitious and potentially powerful book.' - Thesis Eleven About the Author Gunnar Skirbeck and Nils Gilje are Professors of Philosophy at Bergen University, Norway.