Bertrand Russell apparently wrote his History of Western Philosophy in a hurry to raise funds. Although this reamins a popular work, it is a patchy and unreliable source. By contrast, Kenny's history of philosophy is the product of a lifetime of scholarship and this is manifest on every page. The other celebrated history of philosophy is that of Frederick Copleston, which runs to twelve volumes. Although this contains a wealth of detail and remains avaluable resource, Kenny is by far the better philosopher and writer.
Sir Anthony Kenny is one of Britain's most distinguished academics. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Master of Balliol College, and President of the British Academy. He is one of very few philosophers who have made significant contributions to the study of ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, and twentieth-century philosophy. He is particularly well known for his work on Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, andWittgenstein. He has also published acclaimed books on the philosophy of mind and action and the philosophy of religion.