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The Allegory of the Cave

by Plato

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is one of the most elegant and important metaphors in Western philosophy. It is a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter, in which...


In Defence of Serendipity

by Seb Olma

In Defence of Serendipity is a lively and buccaneering work of investigative philosophy, treating the origins of “serendipity, accident and sagacity”, both as riddles and philosophical concepts that can...


Symposium

by Plato

In his brilliant dialogue, Symposium, Plato presents an imaginary dinner-party set in Athens in 416 BC where the guests include Aristophanes, Socrates and the most popular Athenian of his day, golden boy Alcibiades....


Toleration and Understanding in Locke

Aristotle's Politics: Writings from the Complete Works: Politics, Economics, Constitution of Athens

by Aristotle, Jonathan Barnes & Melissa Lane

Aristotle was the first philosopher in the Western tradition to address politics systematically and empirically, and he remains a central figure in political theory. This essential volume presents Aristotle’s...


Materialism

by Terry Eagleton

A brilliant introduction to the philosophical concept of materialism and its relevance to contemporary science and culture

In this eye-opening, intellectually stimulating appreciation of a fascinating school...


Composing the World

All From One

The Essence of Nihilism

by Emanuele Severino, Alessandro Carrera & Ines Testoni

A groundbreaking classic of contemporary philosophy for the first time in English translation

Between 1961 and 1970, Emanuele Severino was subjected to a thorough investigation by the Vatican Inquisition. The...


The Tongue of Adam

by Abdelfattah Kilito, Robyn Creswell & Marina Warner

A playful and erudite look at the origins of language In the beginning there was one language—one tongue that Adam used to compose the first poem, an elegy for Abel. “These days, no one bothers to ask about...


Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas

by Steven Poole

A brilliant and groundbreaking argument that innovation and progress are often achieved by revisiting and retooling ideas from the past rather than starting from scratch—from The Guardian columnist and contributor...


Stoic Six Pack 9 - The Presocratics

by John Marshall

The philosophers who preceded Socrates (469 - 399 BC), the PreSocratics, were the first recorded individuals to reject mythological explanations for the unknown. Aristotle called the PreSocratics physikoi meaning...


Stoic Six Pack 3 - The Epicureans

by Cicero

“It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.” - Epicurus. Founded in the fourth century BC, Epicureanism was the main alternative philosophy to Stoicism....


A Short History of Greek Philosophy

by John Marshall

John Marshall’s A Short History of Greek Philosophy spans the time between Thales of Milete up till the Stoics, covering School of Miletes (Thales et al), Pythagoras, The Eleatics (Xenophanes et al), The Atomists,...


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Diphtheria Serum as a Technological Object: A Philosophical Analysis of Serotherapy in France 1894-1900

by Jonathan Simon

This book is a philosophical analysis of the development and production of the anti-diphtheria serum in France from 1894 to 1900. Jonathan Simon's unique approach considers serum, a medicinal drug, as a technological...


Tweetable Nietzsche

by C. Ivan Spencer

Friedrich Nietzsche radically confronted Western culture, morality, and social mores, until his death in 1900. Occupying a first-rank position as a thinker, his thought later inspired numerous movements that...


Principal Doctrines

by Epicurus

Epicurus posited a materialistic physics, in which pleasure, by which he meant freedom from pain, is the highest good. Serenity, the harmony of mind and body, is best achieved, through virtue and simple living....


On Benefits

by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

On Benefits (De Beneficiis) is a first-century work by Lucius Annaeus Seneca. It forms part of a series of moral essays (or Dialogues) composed by Seneca and is essential reading for students of Stoicism. On...


Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment