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The Republic

by Plato

The question The Republic sets out to define is "What is justice?" Given the difficulty of this task, Socrates and his interlocutors are led into a discussion of justice in the city, which Socrates suggests...


The Techne of Giving

Rugged Individualism: Dead or Alive?

by David Davenport & Gordon Lloyd

Today, American "rugged individualism" is in a fight for its life on two battlegrounds: in the policy realm and in the intellectual world of ideas that may lead to new policies. In this book, the authors look...


Montaigne: A Life

by Philippe Desan, Steven Rendall & Lisa Neal

One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) helped invent a literary genre that seemed more modern than anything that had come before. But did he do it,...


On Liberty

by John Stuart Mill

Published in 1859, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty presented one of the most eloquent defenses of individual freedom in nineteenth-century social and political philosophy and is today perhaps the most widely-read...


Parmenides

by Plato

The awe with which Plato regarded the character of 'the great' Parmenides has extended to the dialogue which he calls by his name. None of the writings of Plato have been more copiously illustrated, both in...


Charmides

by Plato

Yesterday evening I returned from the army at Potidaea, and having been a good while away, I thought that I should like to go and look at my old haunts. So I went into the palaestra of Taureas, which is over...


Leviathan

by Thomas Hobbes

First published as Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall by Thomas Hobbes in 1651, Leviathan is a treatise on the origins and ends of government. This classic defense of...


The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt

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...


Marx's Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital

by William Clare Roberts

Marx’s Inferno reconstructs the major arguments of Karl Marx’s Capital and inaugurates a completely new reading of a seminal classic. Rather than simply a critique of classical political economy, William...


On Sophistical Refutations

by Aristotle

Let us now discuss sophistic refutations, i.e. what appear to be refutations but are really fallacies instead. Some reasonings are genuine, while others seem to be so but are not, is evident. This happens with...


On Life and Death

by Aristotle

We must now treat of youth and old age and life and death. We must probably also at the same time state the causes of respiration as well, since in some cases living and the reverse depend on this.


On Sleep and Sleeplessness

by Aristotle

With regard to sleep and waking, we must consider what they are: whether they are peculiar to soul or to body, or common to both; and if common, to what part of soul or body they appertain: further, from what...


On Prophesying by Dreams

by Aristotle

As to the divination which takes place in sleep, and is said to be based on dreams, we cannot lightly either dismiss it with contempt or give it implicit confidence. The fact that all persons, or many, suppose...


Rhetoric

by Aristotle

Aristotle's Rhetoric is an ancient Greek text on the art of persuasion, dating from the 4th century BC.


The Quotable Machiavelli

by Niccolo Machiavelli & Maurizio Viroli

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) is the father of modern political thought, but he is also one of the greatest writers of the Renaissance and his wisdom and style extend far beyond politics to encompass a...


Politics

by Aristotle

EVERY STATE is a community of some kind, and every community is established with a view to some good; for mankind always act in order to obtain that which they think good. But, if all communities aim at some...


Norms in the Wild

On the Parts of Animals

by Aristotle

Every systematic science, the humblest and the noblest alike, seems to admit of two distinct kinds of proficiency; one of which may be properly called scientific knowledge of the subject, while the other is...