First published in English in 1976, Hirschberger's A Short History of Western Philosophy is a condensed history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics through to the 1960s. This new edition follows the division of the original text into four parts: Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy (17th and 18th century), and 19th and 20th century Philosophy. The new version contains a new preface and introduction, and a new fifth part on Analytical Philosophy in the 19th and 20th century period by the editor Clare Hay. Hirschberger writes from a moral/theological perspective and dismisses Analytical Philosophy as failing to cast light on the human condition. Clare Hay helps the reader to further analyse Hirschberger's writings and highlights the importance of Analytical Philosophy as the starting point for the development of computing and artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence has opened new lines of thought and raised new moral questions still to be discussed in this so-called non-ideological age.
Johannes Hirschberger was born in 1900. He was educated at the High School of Philosophy and Theology in Eichstatt and at the University of Munich where he graduated in 1930. In 1939 he accepted the Chair of the History of Philosophy in Eichstatt. Since 1953 he has been teaching philosophy in Frankfurt.
Part 1 - The Philosophy of Antiquity. 1.1. The Pre-Socratics. 1.2. Attic Philosophy. 1.3. Philosophy of Hellenism and Roman Empire. Part 2 - The Philosophy of the Middle Ages. 2.1. Patristic Philosophy. 2.2. Scholastic Philosophy. Early Scholasticism. High Scholasticism. Late Scholasticism. Part 3 - The Philosophy of Modern Times. 3.1. The Renaissance. 3.2. Great Systems of the 17th and 18th centuries. 3.3. Kant and German Idealism. Part 4 - The Philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries. 4.1. From the 19th to the 20th century. 4.2. 20th century Philosophy. Part 5 - Analytical Philosophy