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Seneca's Letters from a Stoic

Seneca

As chief advisor to the emperor Nero, Lucius Annaeus Seneca was most influential in ancient Rome as a power behind the throne. His lasting fame derives from his writings on Stoic ideology, in which philosophy is a practical form of se...

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Published: Oct 2016

The Consolations of Philosophy

Alain de Botton

From the internationally heralded author of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this remarkable new book that presents the wisdom of some of the greatest thinkers of the ages as advice for our day to day struggles.Solace for the bro...

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Published: Apr 2001

Montaigne: Essays

Michel de Montaigne

Reflections by the creator of the essay form, display the humane, skeptical, humorous, and honest views of Montaigne, revealing his thoughts on sexuality, religion, cannibals, intellectuals, and other unexpected themes. Included are s...

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Published: Jul 1993

Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduct...

Christopher Butler

Postmodernism has become the buzzword of contemporary society over the last decade. But how can it be defined? In this highly readable introduction the mysteries of this most elusive of concepts are unraveled, casting a critical light...

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Published: Jan 2003

Discourses, Fragments, Handbook

Epictetus

'About things that are within our power and those that are not.'Epictetus' Discourses have been the most widely read and influential of all writings of Stoic philosophy, from antiquity onwards. They set out the core ethical principles...

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Published: Mar 2014

Deconstruction For Beginners

Jim Powell

Deconstruction is so labyrinthine that it has become the monster that murdered philosophy. When Jacques Derrida, the father of deconstruction, uses buzzwords such as “phallogocentrism” and “transcendental signified,” humanitie...

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Published: Jan 2008

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Alain de Botton

We spend most of our waking lives at work–in occupations often chosen by our unthinking younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our occupations mean to us. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exp...

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Published: Jun 2010

Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a ...

David Edmonds

On October 25, 1946, in a crowded room in Cambridge, England, the great twentieth-century philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face to face for the first and only time. The meeting -- which lasted ten minutes -- did n...

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Published: Sep 2002

Meditations: With Selected Correspond...

Marcus Aurelius

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is one of the best-known and most popular works of ancient philosophy, offering spiritual reflections on how best to understand the universe and one's place within it. In short, highly charged commen...

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Published: Sep 2011

Ten Philosophical Mistakes

Mortimer Jerome Adler

For the first time in paperback, the illuminating critique of modern thought from America's "Philosopher for Everyman" (Time).

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Published: Apr 1997

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar ...

Thomas Cathcart

This New York Times bestseller is the hilarious philosophy course everyone wishes they'd had in school Outrageously funny, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors—and born vaudevi...

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Published: Jul 2008

Minima Moralia: Reflections from Dama...

Theodor Adorno

"A volume of Adorno is equivalent to a whole shelf of books on literature." --Susan Sontag A reflection on everyday existence in the 'sphere of consumption of late Capitalism', this work is Adorno's literary and philosophi...

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Published: Mar 2020

Aspects of the New Right-Wing Extremi...

Theodor W. Adorno

On 6 April 1967, at the invitation of the Socialist Students of Austria at the University of Vienna, Theodor W. Adorno gave a lecture which is not merely of historical interest. Against the background of the rise of the National D...

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Published: Jun 2020

Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philos...

Louis Althusser

Collected here are Althusser's most significant philosophical writings from 1965 to 1978.Intended to contribute, in his own words, to a "left-wing critique of Stalinism that would help put some substance back into the revolutionary pr...

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Published: Jan 2012

The Truth about the Truth (New Consci...

Walter Truett Anderson

Includes essays and excerpts from the works of prominent modern thinkers such as Umberto Eco, Jacques Derrida, and Isaiah Berlin among others.

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Published: Aug 1995

Aquinas: Selected Writings

Thomas Aquinas

Although a controversial figure in his own day, St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-74) forged a unique synthesis of faith and reason, of ancient philosophy and sacred scripture, which decisively influenced Dante and the whole subsequent Cath...

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Published: Jan 1999

Love and Saint Augustine

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt began her scholarly career with an exploration of Saint Augustine's concept of caritas, or neighborly love, written under the direction of Karl Jaspers and the influence of Martin Heidegger. After her German academic lif...

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Published: Apr 1998

The Life of the Mind (Combined 2 Volu...

Hannah Arendt

The author’s final work, presented in a one-volume edition, is a rich, challenging analysis of man’s mental activity, considered in terms of thinking, willing, and judging. Edited by Mary McCarthy; Indices.

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Published: Mar 1981

Aristotle's "Art of Rhetoric"

Aristotle

For more than two thousand years. Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric has shaped thought on the theory and practice of rhetoric, the art of persuasive speech. In three sections, Aristotle discusses what rhetoric is, as well as the three...

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Published: Jul 2020

On the Soul

Aristotle

Written in 350 BC, Aristotle’s “De Anima” or “On the Soul” is not a work on spirituality, as the title would suggest, but rather a work that could be described as one of biopsychology, or a work on the su...

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Published: Sep 2020

The Eudemian Ethics

Aristotle

A major treatise on moral philosophy by Aristotle, this is the first time the Eudemian Ethics has been published in its entirety in any modern language. Equally important, the volume has been translated by Sir Anthony Kenny, one of Br...

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Published: Sep 2011

Hume: A Very Short Introduction

A. J. Ayer

Hume's "naturalist" approach to a wide variety of philosophical topics resulted in highly original theories about perception, self-identity, causation, morality, politics, and religion, all of which are discussed in this stimulating i...

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Published: Jan 2001

Language, Truth and Logic

A. J. Ayer

Classic introduction to objectives and methods of schools of empiricism and linguistic analysis, especially of the logical positivism derived from the Vienna Circle. Topics: elimination of metaphysics, function of philosophy, nature o...

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Published: Jun 1952

German Philosophy: A Dialogue (Untime...

Alain Badiou

Two eminent French philosophers discuss German philosophy―including the legacy of Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Adorno, Fichte, Marx, and Heidegger―from a French perspective.In this book, Alain Badiou and Jean-Luc Nancy, the two most im...

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Published: Aug 2018

Erotism: Death and Sensuality

Georges Bataille

Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ra...

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Published: Jan 2001

Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, I...

Jean Baudrillard

The first full-length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernist thought

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Published: Feb 1995

Poststructuralism: A Very Short Intro...

Catherine Belsey

Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world. Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short In...

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Published: Sep 2002

Principles of Human Knowledge and Thr...

George Berkeley

Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous

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Published: Jul 1988

The Empiricists: Locke: Concerning Hu...

George Berkeley

This volume includes the major works of the British Empiricists, philosophers who sought to derive all knowledge from experience. All essays are complete except that of Locke, which Professor Richard Taylor of Brown University has ski...

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Published: Dec 1960

The Roots of Romanticism (Second Edit...

Isaiah Berlin

In The Roots of Romanticism, one of the twentieth century's most influential philosophers dissects and assesses a movement that changed the course of history. Brilliant, fresh, immediate, and eloquent, these celebrated Mellon Lectures...

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Published: Apr 2013
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