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The Four Virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation

by Tobin Hart

In a world with greater knowledge, more advanced technology, and more groundbreaking innovation than ever at our fingertips, we are still looking to find our way. We are still searching for that essential insight...


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...


Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics

by Andrew I. Cohen & Christopher Heath Wellman

Now in an updated edition with fresh perspectives on high-profile ethical issues such as torture and same-sex marriage, this collection pairs cogently argued essays by leading philosophers with opposing views...


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

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...


The Gay Science

by Friedrich Nietzsche & Thomas Common

"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him." This is the book in which Nietzsche made his boldest declaration, along with discussions of morality, knowledge, and truth.


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.


The Theory of Moral Sentiments

by Adam Smith

This 1749 work features highly original theories of conscience, moral judgment, and virtue. It reconstructs the Enlightenment concept of social science, embracing both political economy and theories of law and...


Walden; Or, Life in the Woods

by Henry David Thoreau

Accounts of Thoreau's daily life on the shores of Walden Pond outside Concord, Massachusetts, are interwoven with musings on the virtues of self-reliance and individual freedom, on society, government, and other...


Essay on Man and Other Poems

by Alexander Pope

In addition to the acclaimed title poem, this collection includes "The Rape of the Lock," "Ode on Solitude," "The Dying Christian to His Soul," "An Essay on Criticism," "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot" and many others....


A Treatise of Human Nature

by David Hume

This enormously influential work employs Locke's empiric principles to construct a theory of knowledge from which to evaluate metaphysical ideas. Numerous thought-provoking considerations of issues include causation,...


The Cloud of Unknowing: The Classic of Medieval Mysticism

by Evelyn Underhill

This14th-century manual for those starting on the path to a contemplative life states that a "cloud of unknowing" separates people from God, and that it can only be penetrated by love.


Nicomachean Ethics

by Aristotle

Enduringly profound treatise, whose lasting effect on Western philosophy continues to resonate. Aristotle identifies the goal of life as happiness and discusses its attainment through the contemplation of philosophic...


Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future

by Friedrich Nietzsche

The great 19th-century philosopher refines his previously expressed ideal of the superman in one of his most important works, a fascinating examination of human values and morality. Publisher's Note.


Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals

by Immanuel Kant

What is morally permissible, and what is morally obligatory? These questions form the core of a vast amount of philosophical reasoning. Kant proposes the answers with the Categorical Imperative, his best-known...