The Possibility of Free Will
Do we have free will? It is a question that has exercised philosophers and theologians for centuries and feeds into many contemporary political, social and personal concerns. In this cogently argued book, the popular philosopher Julian Baggini explores the concept of free will from every angle, drawing on neuroscience, cognitive science and sociology as well as philosophy, and using real-world examples to reveal the kind of free will that is worth striving for.
Silence of Animals
On Progress and Other Modern Myths
John Gray’s cult classic Straw Dogs challenged our assumptions about what it is to be human. In this provocative sequel he discusses passages from such diverse authors as Conrad, Simenon, Borges and Freud, who explore human reactions to extreme experiences. Using their insights to attack humanism’s optimistic faith in the idea of our species’ progress, he ends with a plea for us to become more like other animals by seeking silence and contemplation.
A Brief Guide to Philosophical Classics
In this concise introduction to 66 of the most thought-provoking books ever written, James Russell deals with the great classics of philosophy in the traditional, modern and continental traditions - from Plato to Derrida - but also includes 'Outsiders and Gatecrashers' such as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, literary 'Meditations' and psychology, so that books under discussion range from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Unpublished until 1930, these are Marx's earliest-known writings on philosophy and economics. Also known as the 'Paris Manuscripts' they were written in France and heavily influenced by Ludwig Feuerbach. The Manuscripts discuss issues of profit, private property and money and contain Marx's first elaboration of the Hegelian concept of 'alienation'. This 1981 edition, printed in the USSR, reprints the first English translation of 1959.
The Book of Isaiah
Personal Impressions of Isaiah Berlin
Born in Riga in 1909, Isaiah Berlin became one of Britain's foremost thinkers, a tireless champion of freedom and diversity against control and conformity. This collection offers personal impressions of the man and his ideas by those he knew or influenced, including his biographer Michael Ignatieff, the philosopher Bryan Magee, the poet Joseph Brodsky and the pianist Alfred Brendel. It includes Berlin's father's previously unpublished memoir of his Hasidic forebears and the many relatives murdered by the Nazis.
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.
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.
This Book Will Make You Think
Philosophical Quotes and What They Mean
Examining the best-known quotes of the world's most highly regarded philosophers, Alain Stephen explains the theories behind the words in concise and accessible essays. Beginning with Bentham on happiness ('The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation') the book is in sections on religion and faith, reason and experience, life and death, and people and society; and discusses quotations from 39 philosophers, ancient and modern, and from East and West.
A Life of Spinoza
Margaret Gullan-Whur Expelled from the Jewish community of Amsterdam for heresy, Spinoza (1632-77) was eventually reviled by all religious authorities for holding fast to his conviction that reason, not revelation, was the way to find the truth of God or nature. Gullan-Whur shows how Spinoza’s central philosophical beliefs developed within the context of his life and focuses on the philosopher’s attempt to act solely through reason in the face of personal and national crises.
Conscience, Consciousness and Ethics
in Joseph Butler's Philosophy and Ministry
Based on new transcriptions and close readings of his published and unpublished works, this study offers fresh, detailed accounts of the spiritual and intellectual life of the British moral philosopher Joseph Butler (1692-1752).
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.
Letter to a Priest
Wrestling with the moral dilemmas entailed by commitment to the Catholic Church, Letter to a Priest is a meditation on the perennial battle between faith and doubt and resonates today as much as it did when it was first written in 1942. This edition also includes the essay 'Human Personality' (1943), in which Weil offers a brilliant and unorthodox account of the preciousness of human beings. Foreword by Raimond Gaita. From the Routledge Great Minds series.
101 Philosophy Problems
Martin Cohen's 101 problems include logical loops, tricky ethical dilemmas, pesky numbers problems and 'twelve traditional philosophy problems no one really cares about anyway'. He uses these puzzles, conundrums and paradoxes to introduce philosophy and its concerns in a very skilful and entertaining way, banishing technical jargon and unreadable sentences. Now in its fourth edition, the book has been extensively revised and updated with new material and a new glossary.
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 Grossetest: Hexaemeron
Robert Grosseteste's influential Hexaemeron 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.
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
How can we ensure that we are thinking reliably about the thorniest problems? This book offers one eminent philosopher's answer - a selection of 77 'prosthetic imagination-extenders and focus-holders', which range from the familiar Occam's razor and reductio ad absurdum to the novel concepts of 'sphexishness' and 'deepity'. They are introduced in engaging, humorous essays which use thought-experiments involving subjects such as computer science, evolution and consciousness to show why each tool is needed.