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The Antimodern Condition: An Argument Against Progress

by Peter King

Much of social and political thought over the last three centuries has been concerned with transgression and change, with progress and a focus on creating something ‘better’ than we have now. But when many...


Philosophy and the Social Problem

by Will Durant

Will Durant was an influential American philosopher who sought to offer a unified perspective of the whole of Western thought, as well as to present philosophical issues and problems in accessible language that...


The Third City (Routledge Revivals): Philosophy at War with Positivism

by Borna Bebek

The Third City, first published in 1982, offers an innovative response to the troubled relationship between Western philosophy, as it has been conducted since the Renaissance, and the everyday lives of the communities...


The Virtues of Captain America: Modern-Day Lessons on Character from a World War II Superhero

by Mark D. White

The first look at the philosophy behind the Captain America comics and movies, publishing in advance of the movie release of Captain America: The Winter Solider in April 2014.

In The Virtues of Captain America...


Eudaimonic Ethics: The Philosophy and Psychology of Living Well

by Lorraine Besser-Jones

In this book, Lorraine Besser-Jones develops a eudaimonistic virtue ethics based on a psychological account of human nature. While her project maintains the fundamental features of the eudaimonistic virtue ethical...


The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin

by Soren Kierkegaard & Alastair Hannay

The first new translation of Kierkegaard's masterwork in a generation brings to vivid life this essential work of modern philosophy.

Brilliantly synthesizing human insights with Christian dogma, Soren Kierkegaard...


A World without Why

by Raymond Geuss

Wishful thinking is a deeply ingrained human trait that has had a long-term distorting effect on ethical thinking. Many influential ethical views depend on the optimistic assumption that, despite appearances...


Kant's Philosophy: A Study for Educators

by James Scott Johnston

James Scott Johnston's incisive study draws on a holistic reading of Kant: one that views him as developing and testing a complete system (theoretical, practical, historical and anthropological) with education...


Resurrection and Moral Imagination

by Sarah Bachelard

Moral life gathers its shape, force and meaning in relation to an underlying sense of reality, imaginatively conceived. Significant contemporary writing in philosophy appeals to the concept of ‘transcendence’...


Showing Remorse: Law and the Social Control of Emotion

by Richard Weisman

Whether or not wrongdoers show remorse and how they show remorse are matters that attract great interest both in law and in popular culture. In capital trials in the United States, it can be a question of life...


The Four Virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation

by Tobin Hart

Find meaning, wholeness, and spiritual depth with this field guide to the inner life that explores and integrates four essential virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, and Creation.

In a world with greater knowledge,...


Making Comparisons Count

by Ruth Chang

This book attempts to answer two questions: Are alternatives for choice ever incomparable? and In what ways can items be compared? The arguments offered suggest that alternatives for choice no matter how different...


Discourses (Books 1 and 2)

by Epictetus & , P. E. Matheson

These discussions between an ancient Greek teacher of Stoicism and his students offer secular thinkers a mode of reasoning that dismisses the strictures of absolutism and emotionalism in exchange for a more...


Discourses (Books 3 and 4)

by Epictetus & , P. E. Matheson

In this compilation of Books 3 and 4 of Epictetus' Discourses, the philosopher discusses the quest for freedom, solitude, cynicism, fear, discretion, the avoidance of quarrels, and other subjects of enduring...


An Enquiry into Moral Notions (Routledge Revivals)

by John Laird

First published in 1935, this book compares and examines what John Laird termed the 'three most important notions in ethical science': the concepts of virtue, duty and well-being. Laird poses the question of...


On Human Nature: Essays in Ethics and Politics

by Arthur Schopenhauer & T. Bailey Saunders

Drawn from Parerga and posthumously published works, these six essays offer an accessible approach to the author's philosophy. Topics include government, free will and fatalism, character, moral instinct, and...


The Art of Worldly Wisdom

by Baltasar Gracian & Joseph Jacobs

Published in 1637 by a Spanish Jesuit scholar, this volume features 300 pithy maxims on politics, professional life, and personal development. Gracian's timeless advice, focusing on honesty and kindness, remains...


Ecce Homo

by Friedrich Nietzsche & Anthony M. Ludovici

The philosopher's dramatically egotistical autobiography employs masterful language to convey ever-relevant ideas: the importance of questioning traditional morality, establishing autonomy, and making a commitment...


Principia Ethica

by G. E. Moore

This volume revolutionized philosophy and forever altered the direction of ethical studies. It clarifies some of moral philosophy's most common confusions, redefines the science's terms, and offers compelling...


An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

by Jeremy Bentham

A classic of both philosophy and jurisprudence, this 1789 work articulates an important statement of the foundations of utilitarian philosophy. It also represents a pioneering study of crime and punishment.