Biography & Autobiography - Philosophers

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My Life as a Seer: The Lost Memories:...

Edgar Cayce

Assembled after his death from diary entries and transcripts of talks, this autobiography of one of America's most famous psychics tells how he became aware of his gift and the difficulties he had adjusting to his life and to the fame...

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Published: Feb 2002

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne i...

Sarah Bakewell

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people's lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renai...

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Published: Oct 2011

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom,...

Sarah Bakewell

Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2016 by the New York Times, a spirited account of a major intellectual movement of the twentieth century and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it, by the best-selling author of How to Live...

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Published: Aug 2017

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Geniu...

Leo Damrosch

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau burst unexpectedly onto the eighteenth-century literary scene as a provocateur whose works electrified readers. An autodidact who had not written anything of significance by age thirty, Rousseau s...

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Published: Aug 2007

Rousseau's Dog: Two Great Thinkers at...

David Edmonds

In 1766 philosopher, novelist, composer, and political provocateur Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a fugitive, decried by his enemies as a dangerous madman. Meanwhile David Hume—now recognized as the foremost philosopher in the Engli...

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Published: Apr 2007

Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew W...

Rebecca Goldstein

In 1656, Amsterdam's Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, at the age of twenty–three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. He was already germinating a secularist challenge to religion that would be as radic...

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Published: Aug 2009

The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Ce...

A. C. Grayling

The Age of Genius explores the eventful intertwining of outward event and inner intellectual life to tell, in all its richness and depth, the story of the 17th century in Europe. It was a time of creativity unparalleled in history bef...

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Published: May 2017

Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the F...

Stuart Jeffries

Who were the Frankfurt School—Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse, Horkheimer—and why do they matter today?In 1923, a group of young radical German thinkers and intellectuals came together to at Victoria Alle 7, Frankfurt, determined to exp...

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Published: Sep 2017

Socrates: A Man for Our Times

Paul Johnson

A brilliant portrait of the Greek philosopher who personified philosophy Socrates was undeniably one of the greatest thinkers of all time, yet he wrote nothing. Throughout his life, and indeed until his very last moment alive, Soc...

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Published: Nov 2012

Simply Genius!: Tales from a Life Bey...

Ervin Laszlo

     An autobiography usually recounts the life of a person who has achieved wide acclaim in one field. But this extraordinary book describes the life of someone who has achieved international acclaim in three fields!     Erv...

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Published: Jun 2011

Leon Trotsky

Blanc Le

There are few more divisive names in history than the Soviet communist Leon Trotsky. To some, he was a betrayer, a hypocrite, and a totalitarian, and yet to many others he was a revolutionary of high esteem, who battled an outdated, o...

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Published: Apr 2015

Confessions of a Philosopher: A Perso...

Bryan Magee

In this infectiously exciting book, Bryan Magee tells the story of his own discovery of philosophy and not only makes it come alive but shows its relevance to daily life. Magee is the Carl Sagan of philosophy, the great popularizer of...

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Published: May 1999

The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche...

H. L. Mencken

The first book on Nietzsche ever to appear in English, this examination by legendary journalist H. L. Mencken is still one of the most enlightening. Mencken wrote this book while still in his 20s, but his penchant for thoroughness was...

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Published: Jun 2003

Voltaire in Love

Nancy Mitford

The inimitable Nancy Mitford's account of Voltaire's sixteen-year affair with the comely Marquise du Châtelet—in her own right a renowned mathematician and original expositor of Newtonian ideas—is a spirited romp in the company o...

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Published: Jul 2012

Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One I...

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Ecce Homo is an autobiography like no other. Deliberately provocative, Nietzsche subverts the conventions of the genre and pushes his philosophical positions to combative extremes, constructing a genius-hero whose life is a chronicle ...

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Published: Dec 1992

Nietzsche Unpublished Letters

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Discover the compelling private world of the most infamous philosopher of the nineteenth century in Nietzsche's Unpublished Letters. With correspondence to Nietzsche's inner circle—including several titillating letters to his sister...

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Published: Jan 1959

Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court ...

James Romm

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne a  high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale.At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient R...

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Published: Dec 2014

The Confessions

Jean Jacques Rousseau

In his posthumously published Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) describes the first fifty-three years of his life. With a frankness at times almost disconcerting, but always refreshing, he set out to reveal the whole truth a...

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Published: Aug 1953

Giordano Bruno: Philosopher Heretic

Ingrid D. Rowland

Giordano Bruno is one of the great figures of early modern Europe, and one of the least understood. Ingrid D. Rowland's pathbreaking life of Bruno establishes him once and for all as a peer of Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Galileo, a thin...

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Published: Sep 2009

The Thoreau You Don't Know: The Fathe...

Robert Sullivan

Henry David Thoreau is one of those authors that readers think they know, even if they don't. He's the solitary curmudgeon with the shack out in the woods, the mystic worshipping solemnly in the quiet church of nature. He's our natio...

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Published: Mar 2011

Niccolo's Smile: A Biography of Machi...

Maurizio Viroli

A vivid portrayal of the great Italian philosopher - now in paperbackIn Niccolò's Smile, Maurizio Viroli brings to life the fascinating writer who was the founder of modern political thought. Niccolò Machiavelli's works on the theor...

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Published: Jan 2002
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