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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,...


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...


Gorgias and Timaeus

by Plato

Gorgias addresses the temptations of success and the rewards of a moral life while Timaeus explains the world in terms not only of physical laws but also of metaphysical and religious principles.


The Genealogy of Morals

by Friedrich Nietzsche

Major work on ethics, by one of the most influential thinkers of the last 2 centuries, deals with master/slave morality and modern man's moral practices; the evolution of man's feelings of guilt; and ascetic...


Enchiridion

by Epictetus & George Long

A first-century Stoic, Epictetus argued that we will always be happy if we learn to desire that things should be exactly as they are. His Enchiridion distills his teachings to illuminate a way to a tranquil...


Utilitarianism

by John Stuart Mill

A landmark of moral philosophy and an ideal introduction to ethics, this famous work balances the claims of individuals and society, declaring that actions should produce the greatest happiness overall.


Learning and Coordination: Inductive Deliberation, Equilibrium and Convention

by Peter Vanderschraaf

Vanderschraaf develops a new theory of game theory equilibrium selection in this book. The new theory defends general correlated equilibrium concepts and suggests a new analysis of convention.


The Pursuit of Justice: A Personal Philosophical History

by James P. Sterba

The Pursuit of Justice: A Personal Philosophical History is a collection of renowned scholar and philosopher James P. Sterba’s finest works - essays spanning the full spectrum of his illustrious career along...


How to Build a Better Human: An Ethical Blueprint

by Gregory E. Pence

In How to Build a Better Human, prominent bioethicist Gregory E. Pence argues if, we are careful and ethical, we can use genetics, biotechnology, and medicine in safe ethical ways for human enhancement. He looks...


Problem Of Evil: Vol 1

by M. B. Ahern

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Responsibility, Complexity, and Abortion: Toward a New Image of Ethical Thought

by Karen L. F. Houle

Responsibility, Complexity, and Abortion: Toward a New Image of Ethical Thought draws from feminist theory, post-structuralist theory, and complexity theory to develop a new set of ethical concepts for broaching...


Emmanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics: A Critique and a Re-Appropriation

by Aryeh Botwinick

Emanuel Levinas and the Limits to Ethics highlights how radically different Jewish ethics is from Christian ethics, and the profound affinities that subsist between Jewish ethics and philosophical and political...


The Ethics of Vulnerability: A Feminist Analysis of Social Life and Practice

by Erinn Gilson

As concerns about violence, war, terrorism, sexuality, and embodiment have garnered attention in philosophy, the concept of vulnerability has become a shared reference point in these discussions. As a fundamental...


The Great Ethics of Aristotle

by Peter L. P. Simpson

In The Great Ethics of Aristotle, Peter L. P. Simpson centers his attention on the basics of Aristotelian moral doctrine as found in the Great Ethics. Aristotle’s Great Ethics is generally neglected by scholars,...


Ten Philosophical Mistakes

by Mortimer J. Adler

An illuminating critique of modern thought from America's "Philosopher for Everyman" (Time).

Ten Philosophical Mistakes examines ten errors in modern thought and shows how they have led to serious consequences...