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History of Western Philosophy

The pages of this section offer a narrative survey of the historical development of Western philosophy. Although some sections are nearly complete, this remains a work in progress; please be patient. For a different approach to the work of individual thinkers, please consult Assembled Philosophers, the Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names, or the Philosophy Timeline.

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Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Early Modern Philosophy

Recent Modern Philosophy

Contemporary Philosophy

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