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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

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

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

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

German Philosophy: A Very Short Intro...

Andrew Bowie

German philosophy stands at the center of modern thought. Without Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein, and Husserl there would be no Anglo-American "analytical" style of philosophy. And without Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Heideg...

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Published: Jul 2010

Cosmos, Chaosmos and Astrology

Bernadette Brady

This work radically rethinks astrology's place in society. Emerging when cultures were embedded in chaotic creation mythology, astrology has persisted into modern society. Reasons for this longevity are an enigma, yet the answer may l...

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Published: May 2014

Introducing Heidegger: A Graphic Guid...

Jeff Collins

Heidegger announced the end of philosophy and was vocal supporter of Nazism. Was he offering a deeply conservative mythology or a crucial deconstruction of philosophy as we have known it? Introducing Heidegger provides an accessible i...

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Published: Sep 2010

Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficu...

Garrett J. DeWeese

From time to time we all face life's big questions . . . And as we wrestle with these issues, we may even find ourselves thinking, Garrett DeWeese and J. P. Moreland understand this frustration and in this book offer help to make ph...

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Published: Nov 2005

Big Ideas: The Little Book of Philoso...

DK

A compact, portable introduction to the history, concepts, and thinking behind philosophy laid out in DK's signature visual style--the ultimate guide to understanding philosophy on the go.Take Descartes along on your day trip! This co...

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Published: May 2018

The Heart of Emerson's Journals

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Carefully selected passages from 55 years of journal entries: thoughts, religious sentiments, impressions of books, authors, contemporaries, much more. Splendid, revealing record of Emerson's personal beliefs, as well as a social and ...

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Published: May 2012

The Unity of Philosophical Experience...

Etienne Gilson

Etienne Gilson The best summary of this book is in the authors words from the forword: "It is the proper aim and scope of the present book to show that the history of philosophy makes philosophical sense, and to define its meaning in ...

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Published: Oct 1999

A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours an...

Witold Gombrowicz

In a small literary gem full of sardonic wit, brilliant insights, and provocative criticism Witold Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays—and addresses Marxism in ...

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Published: Apr 2012

An Enquiry concerning Human Understan...

David Hume

David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding is the definitive statement of the greatest philosopher in the English language. His arguments in support of reasoning from experience, and against the "sophistry and illusion"of rel...

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Published: Oct 2008

A Beginner's Guide to Philosophy

Dominique Janicaud

The ideal introduction history of western philosophy: An illuminating discourse on the major thinkers, from Plato to Descartes to Nietzsche.A small marvel, A Beginner’s Guide to Philosophy provides an instructive and delightful intr...

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Published: Feb 2010

The Myths That Stole Christmas

David Kyle Johnson

In The Myths that Stole Christmas, Johnson argues that Christmas has been hijacked by seven different myths-seven myths that control how people conceive of and celebrate the holiday. Myth #1: Jesus Is the Reason for the Season Myth #...

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Published: Nov 2015

Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical In...

Eric Kaplan

A humorous philosophical investigation into the existence of Santa—from a co–executive producer of The Big Bang Theory Emmy award–winning comedy writer and philosophy scholar Eric Kaplan brilliantly turns a search for the truth...

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Published: Oct 2015

Repetition and Philosophical Crumbs

Soren Kierkegaard

"The love of repetition is in truth the only happy love." So says Constantine Constantius on the first page of Kierkegaard's Repetition. Life itself, according to Kierkegaard's pseudonymous narrator, is a repetition, and in ...

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Published: Jul 2009

Objective Communication: Writing, Spe...

Leonard Peikoff

Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism is increasingly influencing the shape of the world from business and politics to achieving personal goals. Here, Leonard Peikoff-Rand's heir-explains how you can communicate philosophical ideas wit...

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Published: Sep 2013

Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-D...

Christopher Phillips

How people around the world grapple with the great questions posed by Socrates.What is virtue? What is moderation? What is justice? What is courage? What is good? What is piety? Socrates thought that understanding the perspectives of...

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Published: Apr 2005

Socrates in Love: Philosophy for a Di...

Christopher Phillips

“[Phillips takes] philosophy out of the ivory tower and into the street.”—Los Angeles TimesChristopher Phillips goes to the heart of philosophy and Socratic discourse to discover ...

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Published: Feb 2008

Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduct...

John Robertson

A foundational moment in the history of modern European thought, the Enlightenment continues to be a reference point for philosophers, scholars and opinion-formers. To many it remains the inspiration of our commitments to the betterme...

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Published: Nov 2015

Genius: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew Robinson

Genius is the name we give to a quality of work that transcends fashion, celebrity, fame, and reputation. Somehow, genius abolishes both the time and the place of its origin. Shakespeare's plays and Mozart's melodies and harmonies con...

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Published: Apr 2011

On the Fourfold Root of the Principle...

Arthur Schopenhauer

Originally published in 1813, this early work by German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. Originally published as his doctoral dissertation and then later re-published, it outline...

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Published: Jul 2011

Platform Capitalism (Theory Redux)

Nick Srnicek

What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundatio...

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Published: Nov 2016

Nature's God: The Heretical Origins o...

Matthew Stewart

Longlisted for the National Book Award. Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy?America's founders intended to liberate us not just from one king but from the ghostly tyranny of supernatural re...

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Published: Jul 2015

Philosophy 100 Essential Thinkers

Philip Stokes

Who am I? What is justice? What does it mean to live a good life? Many of the fundamental questions of philosophy are questions that we begin to ask ourselves as young adults when we look at the world around us, at ourselves, and try ...

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Published: Mar 2017

Why You Think the Way You Do: The Sto...

Glenn S. Sunshine

People often talk about worldview when describing the philosophy that guides their lives. But how have we come by our worldviews, and what impact did Christianity have on those that are common to Western civilization? This authoritati...

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Published: Jul 2009

A Little History of Philosophy

Nigel Warburton

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met...

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Published: Oct 2012

Reality: A Very Short Introduction

Jan Westerhoff

Is matter real? Are persons real? Is time real? This Very Short Introduction discusses what, if anything, is "real" by looking at a variety of arguments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science. Jan Westerhoff shows that the qu...

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Published: Jan 2012
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