The 488 personal jottings that form Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations have significantly influenced Western thought but lack clear order and sequence. Stedall’s dialogues make these Stoic ideas more accessible, as the Roman Emperor converses with historical figures including the Greek doctor Galen and Egyptian priest Harnouphis. Slightly off-mint.
The Great Philosophers
The Lives and Ideas of History's Greatest Thinkers
From the Buddha and Confucius to Wittgenstein, Quine, Strawson and Kripke in the 20th century, Stephen Law outlines the biographies of 50 of the world's most important philosophers and gives a concise account of their fundamental and most influential ideas.
You, This Book and 3,000 Years of Thought
This illustrated introduction to the great themes of philosophy follows a chronological path through the history of the subject, laying out the basic arguments of protagonists from Parmenides, Plato and Aristotle, through Aquinas, Augustine and Descartes, to Schopenhauer, Russell and Kuhn. Chapters are themed by era and philosophical movements.
The Atheist's Bible
An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts
This ‘illustrious collection of irreverent thoughts’ is arranged in Books, from Genesis (‘Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God – but to create Him’, Arthur C Clarke) to Apocalyptus, with quotations from famous atheists including Mark Twain, Voltaire and Friedrich Nietzsche.
Originating in a conference held in 2003 to commemorate the centenary of Frank Ramsey’s birth, and with an introduction by Professor Lillehammer, this volume of 10 essays discusses Ramsey’s philosophical work in relation to topics including universals; Wittgenstein’s theory of judgement; subjective decision theory; and success semantics.
The Myth of Sisyphus
‘It is legitimate and necessary to wonder whether life has a meaning; therefore it is legitimate to meet the problem of suicide face to face’: this is how Camus, in his preface, describes the subject of this profound philosophical statement. The Myth is accompanied by five short essays, including ‘Summer in Algiers’, evoking the city in which Camus’ novel The Outsider is set.
The Communist Manifesto
Marx and Engels' 'detailed theoretical and practical programme' for the Communist League, first published in German in 1872, has to be reckoned one of the most influential books in history. The original English translation by Samuel Moore (1888) is published here as part of The Skeptical Reader series, with an introduction by the famous historian of Soviet Russia, Robert Conquest.
The Social Contract
Or Principles of Political Right
One of the most profoundly influential works in the history of political theory, Rousseau's Social Contract (1762) advocated equality and popular sovereignity in which the 'general will' directs the energies of the state for the common good. It provided the great rallying cry of reform and revolution: 'Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains'. This edition presents the 1954 translation by Willmoore Kendall, with a new introduction by Roger Scruton.
Opera Politica IV
This volume's first three polemical texts are Ockham's Compendium errorum, attacking John XXII, Breviloquium on the extent of papal power and De imperatorum et pontificum potestate, against Avignon's injustices and heresies. Two further treatises, attributed to Ockham, attack Charles IV's claim to kingship in Germany and the papal proceedings against Lewis the Bavarian. Offler provides new editions of the Latin text, with critical apparatus and short introductions discussing each work's content, manuscript tradition and authorship. No jacket.
The Story of Philosophy
A History of Western Thought
The scope of this compact and punchy history of the Western philosophical tradition includes the Ancient Greeks and their related schools, the Enlightenment, the political and moral philosophy of Rousseau and Locke, and existentialism and analytic philosophy.
In Search of Sir Thomas Browne
The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind
The major work of Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682) is the Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646), a catalogue of ‘vulgar errors’ and their correction which, together with Urne-Buriall and The Garden of Cyrus, has charmed writers from Samuel Johnson to Jorge Luis Borges and Javier Marías. Here, another acolyte sets off in the footsteps of the erudite, witty and good-humoured Browne to rediscover his life and work through its diversity of themes, from medicine and human longevity to faith and melancholy. American-cut pages.
General Theory of Knowledge
Founder of the Vienna Circle and logical positivism, Moritz Schlick’s aim in this lucid epistemological treatise was to apply ‘ultimate principles’ when solving problems in the theory of knowledge. Anticipating the ideas of Russell and Wittgenstein, Schlick’s masterwork also presents a solution to the problem of the relationship between mind and body, but is most notably remembered for picking apart the Kantian and neo-Kantian doctrine of the synthetic a priori.
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.
The Advancement of Learning (1640)
The nine books of Francis Bacon's famous review of the state of knowledge begin by extolling the dignity of learning and go on to cover topics from natural philosophy to theology. This book is from the Archival Facsimile series of reprints of first or important editions in the British Library - in this case, the facsimile is of the copy owned by Charles I. Although published in 1987, this is a new book. No jacket.
Ancient Philosophy of Religion
Volume One: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion
Comprising chapters devoted to individual thinkers from Pythagoras to Pseudo-Dionysius, this volume covers ancient and early Christian thought on God, the gods, religious belief and practice. Vol 1 of The History of Western Philosophy of Religion.
Robert Grosseteste: Hexaëmeron
Robert Grosseteste's influential Hexaëmeron is a study of the creation story found in the opening chapters of Genesis, which he interpreted not only through the contemporary scientific ideas of the 1230s but also in the light of ancient philosophical thought which was being re-introduced into western Europe. This critical edition presents the full Latin text, based on all the available manuscripts, one of which contains Grosseteste's own annotations and corrections.
How to Be a Philosopher
or How to Be Almost Certain that Almost Nothing is Certain
In his practical guide to philosophizing, Gary Cox explains philosophical ideas – on metaphysics, epistemology, solipsism, transcendental idealism etc – with examples drawn from great works including Family Guy, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Matrix. He also argues that learning to philosophize will help you think more clearly and honestly about your own life, and even offers advice on how to make a living from philosophy.
Russell's Theory of Perception
Sajahan Miah re-examines and evaluates the development of Russell's concept of perception and the relation of perception to our knowledge of the external world. He focuses largely on the period 1909-19, when Russell attempted a reductionist analysis of empirical knowledge. No jacket.
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.
Early Responses to Hume
These ten volumes bring together the most important early discussions of Hume's work in five areas: moral, literary and political writings; metaphysical and epistemological writings; writings on religion; the History of England; and responses to his life and reputation. Fieser provides an introduction to each part and notes on each selection.
Paradox and Platitude in Wittgenstein's Philosophy
David Pears provides a concise and readable investigation of five themes at the heart of Wittgenstein's thought: the idea of language as a picture of the world; the phenomenon of linguistic regularity; the famous 'private language' argument; logical necessity; and ego and the self.
The Dictionary of Seventeenth & Eighteenth-Century Dutch Philosophers
(Two volumes, slipcased)
In the 17th century, Holland and other northern provinces experienced a 'golden age' in trade and commerce, science and philosophy, particularly during the 40 years between 1637, when Descartes' Discours de la Methode was published in Leiden and the appearance of Spinoza's Opera posthuma in Amsterdam in 1677. The dictionary covers this exciting period in around 400 entries on Dutch philosophers, journals and universities, and includes foreign visitors and immigrants such as Descartes and Bayle. No jackets. Slip-cased.
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.
On The Genealogy of Morals
This important work comprises three essays: Good and Evil, Guilt, Bad Conscience and Related Matters and What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean? Nietzsche (1844–1900) analyses the evolution of moral concepts in a critique of 'moral prejudices', specifically the morality of the Christian and Judaic traditions. The complete, unabridged work is read here by Duncan Steen.
The Nature and Structure of Content
In a book 'addressed to both friends and foes of propositions', Jeffrey King formulates and defends a detailed account of the metaphysical nature of structured propositions. In addition to explaining what it is that binds together the constituents of structured propositions and imposes structure on them, King deals with some of the standard objections to accounts of propositions and shows how and why propositions manage to have truth conditions and represent the world as being in a certain way.
Richard Cumberland and Natural Law
Secularisation of Thought in Seventeenth-Century England
Linda Kirk examines the life and work of Richard Cumberland, the Bishop of Peterborough and author of De Legibus Naturae (1672), who devoted his philosophical work to establishing a cosmology that would refute Hobbes.
Jung: The Key Ideas
An Introduction to Carl Jung's Pioneering Work on Analytical Psychology, Dreams and the Collective Unconscious
This accessible and methodical introduction to Karl Jung’s analytical psychology offers concise explanations of his key concepts, from archetypes and the collective unconscious to dream analysis and the eight psychological types. Illustrated with humorous cartoons, the book also explores his main influences, including his relationship with Freud and his deep interest in Eastern religion, as well as examining the numerous approaches he devised to help understand the human psyche.
The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s, there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.