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Logic

Immanuel Kant

The second, corrected edition of the first and only complete English translation of Kant's highly influential introduction to philosophy, presenting both the terminological and structural basis for his philosophical system, and offeri...

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Published: Apr 1988

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

How to Read Hume

Simon Blackburn

David Hume is generally recognized as England's greatest philosopher, as well as a notable historian and essayist. Yet his work is delicately poised between scepticism and naturalism, between despair at the limited powers of the mind ...

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Published: Sep 2009

Discourse on Method and Related Writi...

Rene Descartes

"It is not enough to have a good mind; it is more important to use it well" René Descartes was a central figure in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. In his Discourse on Method he outlined the contrast betwe...

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Published: Mar 2000

Meditations and Other Metaphysical Wr...

Rene Descartes

A new translation of the six Meditations and accompanying selections from the Objections and Replies, which constitute a definitive statement of the foundations of Descartes' philosophy. Also includes relevant correspondence form the...

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Published: Sep 1999

A Treatise of Human Nature

David Hume

Hume's comprehensive effort to form an observationally grounded study of human nature employs John Locke's empiric principles to construct a theory of knowledge from which to evaluate metaphysical ideas. A key to modern studies of 18t...

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Published: Nov 2003

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion...

David Hume

In the posthumously published "Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion", the Enlightenment philosopher David Hume attacked many of the traditional arguments for the existence of God, expressing the belief that religion is founded on ign...

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Published: Jul 1990

Basic Writings of Kant

Immanuel Kant

Introduction by Allen W. WoodWith translations by F. Max Müller and Thomas K. AbbottThe writings of Immanuel Kant became the cornerstone of all subsequent philosophical inquiry. They articulate the relationship between the human mind...

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Published: Jul 2001

Critique of Judgment

Immanuel Kant

Kant's attempt to establish the principles behind the faculty of judgment remains one of the most important works on human reason. This third of the philosopher's three Critiques forms the very basis of modern aesthetics by establishi...

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Published: Sep 2005

An Essay Concerning Human Understandi...

John Locke

Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690) withstood an onslaught by traditional theologians, for rejecting orthodox theology and the concept of innate ideas: as he suggested that God could make matter think. The Essay qui...

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Published: Feb 1998

Introducing Descartes: A Graphic Guid...

Dave Robinson

Unique graphic introductions to big ideas and thinkers, written by experts in the field.

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Published: Dec 2010

Introducing Rousseau

Dave Robinson

Musician, poet, novelist and botanist, but above all, a philosopher who denied being one, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was the first to ask: “What is the value of civilization?” His answer shocked Enlightenment contemporaries and still ch...

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Published: Dec 2011

The Social Contract: Or Principles of...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Social Contract takes up an argument which had begun with Bodin and Hobbes, and been continued by Grotius, Spinoza, and Locke to form the foundation of political thinking in the eighteenth century. The Social Contract is a work of con...

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Published: Jun 1968

Kant: A Very Short Introduction

Roger Scruton

Immanuel Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but is also one of the most difficult. In this illuminating Very Short Introduction, Roger Scruton--a well-known and controversial philosopher in his own right--tackle...

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Published: Sep 2001

Spinoza

Roger Scruton

Father of the Enlightenment and the last guardian of the medieval world, Spinoza made a brilliant attempt to reconcile the conflicting moral and intellectual demands of his epoch and to present a vision of man as simultaneously bound ...

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Published: Jul 2002

Hegel: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Singer

Hegel is regarded as one of the most influential figures on modern political and intellectual development. After painting Hegel's life and times in broad strokes, Peter Singer goes on to tackle some of the more challenging aspects of ...

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Published: Sep 2001

Introducing the Enlightenment: A Grap...

Lloyd Spencer

Introducing the Enlightenment is the essential guide to the giants of the Enlightenment—Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson, Immanuel Kant, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. This book provides a clear and accessible introduction to th...

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Published: Dec 2010

The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz...

Matthew Stewart

“A colorful reinterpretation. . . . Stewart’s wit and profluent prose make this book a fascinating read.”—Publishers Weekly, starred reviewPhilosophy in the late seventeenth century was a dangerous business. No careerist could...

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Published: Jan 2007

Philosophical Letters: (Letters Conce...

Voltaire

The voice of the Age of Reason remarks on English religion and politics during the early 18th century: Quakers, Church of England, Presbyterians, Anti-Trinitarians, Parliament, government, commerce, plus essays on Locke, Descartes, an...

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Published: Oct 2011
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