Friedrich Nietzsche and the Artists of the New Weimar
In the early 1900s Nietzsche was a figurehead for many avantgarde artists, whose work helped create the enduring image of him as the prophet of modernity. With reproductions of 29 drawings and sculptures, including portraits by Edvard Munch and the bronze bust designed by Max Klinger for the Nietzsche Archive, this catalogue was published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 2019.
Thus Spake Zarathustra
This profoundly influential literary-philosophical experiment – a book of aphorisms put into the mouth of the Persian sage Zarathustra – contains the kernel of Nietzsche's thought: his famous proclamation that 'God is dead', and the much-misinterpreted theory of the rise of the Übermensch that has attained a higher, enhanced humanity. First published in four parts in 1883–85.
Written in 1888, shortly before Nietzsche succumbed to mental illness, Ecce Homo (originally entitled Why I Am So Wise) is his last book, an intellectual autobiography tracing the development of his philosophy and explaining its concept of ‘free will’ and ‘free spirit’. Translated, with an introduction, by Gerta Valentine.
Daniel E Flage argues for the value of revisiting the works of Bishop Berkeley (1685–1753) and presents a concise introduction to the philosophy of the great British Empiricist. The study provides careful readings and interpretations of Berkeley’s writings, examining his discussions of vision, his arguments for idealism, his moral philosophy, and his economic theory.
A Beginner's Guide
Beginning with the basic principles of logic inherited from Plato and Aristotle, and focusing on Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham, this introduction examines the problems that concerned the medieval philosophers: evil, eternity, universals, ethics and the existence of God.
A Beginner's Guide
Existentialism was expressed through novels, plays and films as well as purely philosophical writings and this introductory study explores its central ideas – freedom, anxiety, the Absurd and authenticity – through the works of writers including Nietzsche, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir and Fanon.
A Beginner's Guide
The primacy of reason over belief and the questioning of accepted authority marked the intellectual climate from the mid 17th century to the end of the 18th. This introduction outlines the philosophical ideas, charts the movement's development and assesses its legacy.
A Beginner's Guide
René Descartes (1596–1650) was a leader of the 17th-century intellectual revolution in science and philosophy, famous above all for his rationalism and the Cogito: ‘I think, therefore I am’. Bracken’s guide provides historical background, formulates the core of Descartes’ philosophical ideas and discusses his legacy.
Fragments written in preparation for a defence of Christianity, unfinished at Pascal’s death in 1669 and published posthumously in 1669, Pensées has since been regarded as a masterpiece of French prose as well as a great work of philosophy and theology. Among the ‘Thoughts’ is the famous ‘wager’ argument for the rationality of believing in God that draws on another of Pascal’s works of genius, the theory of probability. Pensées is read, unabridged and in English, by Peter Wickham.
The Reluctant Rebel
The author of Gulliver’s Travels was a man of complex character – a libertarian struggling with conservative beliefs, a church minister with complicated personal relationships, and a satirist who scorned the world yet sought to improve it. This biography follows his flight from war-torn Ireland in 1688 to the splendour and squalor of London, examining his shifting political allegiances and complicated love life to identify the roots of the ‘savage indignation’ that drove him.
Badiou and Politics
In this interpretation of the work of the influential French philosopher Alain Badiou, Professor Bosteels draws on all Badiou’s writings, from his student days in the 1960s to the present. The study examines his exchanges with other thinkers, including Althusser, Lacan, Deleuze and Derrida, tracks his political activity since May 1968, and argues for an understanding of his thought as a revival of dialectical materialism.
The Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers
(Two volumes, slip-cased)
Ranging chronologically between John Locke (1632-1704) and Dugald Stewart (1753-1828), this dictionary covers a long 18th century and interprets 'philosophy' inclusively, with entries and bibliographies for around 600 philosophers, scientists, theologians and writers in many other disciplines. No jacket. Slip-cased.
Josiah Royce's Late Writings
A Collection of Unpublished and Scattered Works (Two volumes)
This collection aims to reveal the late stage of the thought of Josiah Joyce, the American philosopher of community, from 1912 when he began to make creative use of the thought of the logician Charles Sanders Peirce, up to his death in 1916. No jackets.
Memorials of St Anselm
The Latin texts collected in this volume supplement Anselm's formally published works with a body of material preserved by the secretaries and disciples who heard his conversation and rescued his unfinished drafts. De moribus is a treatise on virtues and vices; the Dicta and Miracula preserve stories about Anselm himself; and De beatitudine is a reconstruction of a sermon; these texts are followed by six brief miscellanies. For each work the editors provide introductions to the content and manuscript tradition. Slightly off-mint.
What is humanism, and what insights can be gleaned from the different contemporary varieties of this philosophy? Mark Vernon - philosopher, agnostic and former Anglican priest - introduces the history of humanistic thought, from its origins in ancient Greek philosophy, through its emergence as a movement during the Renaissance, to ten 'pressing issues', such as climate change, blasphemy and identity politics, which humanists must face in our own time.