The Columbia History of Western Philosophy

“The Columbia History of Western Philosophy is an excellent resource for surveying the history of philosophy. It is comprehensive not only in covering all the major thinkers from the Pre-Socratics to the present but also in surveying all of the main elements of the contributions of various thinkers. Its discussion of continental philosophy in the twentieth century is as comprehensive as its discussion of twentieth century analytic philosophy and it even provides a look at where philosophy is heading in the new millenium. The comprehensiveness of this survey is probably only possible because it consists of contributions from various experts on particular thinkers. This is the best history of Western philosophy that I am aware of.”