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I just read "The History of Western Philosophy" and liked it very much. I would like to now read a history that covers the span after Russell wrote the book, from 1940-present. Can anyone recommend a good book that explains the history of thought for this time period? I am looking for a somewhat high level overview so that if I find something I like I can delve deeper in a different book.

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I haven't read it myself, but I've heard good things about Delacampagne.

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    It is very good but does demand some familiarity with the broad themes. Definitely recommended if you have already grappled with Russell's History of Western Philosophy, though. – Joseph Weissman Jan 1 '12 at 17:25
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    @JosephWeissman I ended up reading this. I found it more difficult to read than "History of Western Philosophy", but after the struggle was worth it. Thanks for the recommendation! – skaz Mar 21 '12 at 15:30
  • No kindle... annoying. – WhyMe Feb 1 '17 at 7:06
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There is "Philosophy in the Twentieth Century" by Alfred Ayer which is quite good. But it doesn't go beyond the 70's since it was published in 1982.

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The best thing on analytic philosophy in the 20th century is Scott Soames's 2 volume "Philosophical Analysis in the 20th century". That will take you through most of the important stuff in contemporary analytic philosophy.

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