Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey by Roger Scruton

In 31 chapters, Scruton provides a wide-ranging but relatively detailed account of Western philosophy since Descartes. Β He seems to have read everything important in the philosophical literature. His account is enlivened by fairly frequent humor and sarcasm. Scruton’s treatment of positions he disagrees with seems even-handed until the last few chapters, when his language becomes obscure and his political conservatism becomes more apparent. The book concludes with an informative 98-page study guide. Β (10/27/10)