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Revolutionaries of the Soul: Reflections on Magicians, Philosophers, and Occultists

by Gary Lachman

Explorers of occult mysteries and the edges of consciousness change the way we view not only the nature of reality, but also our deepest sense of self. Insightful author Gary Lachman presents punchy, enlightening,...


A Non-Existent Man: An Autobiography

by T. V. Smith

Born in a log cabin on a Texas prairie in 1890, T. V. Smith-distinguished philosopher, teacher, politician, lecturer, and editor-left an imprint on the twentieth century seldom equaled by a university professor....


The Heart of Emerson's Journals

by Ralph Waldo Emerson & Bliss Perry

Carefully selected passages from 55 years of journal entries: thoughts, religious sentiments, impressions of books, authors and contemporaries, much more. Revealing record of man behind formidable thinker, poet,...


D.L. Moody - A Life: Innovator, Evangelist, World Changer

by Kevin Belmonte

He burst upon the fusty corridors of Victorian spirituality like a breath of fresh air, regaling the prime minister with his sense of humor, and touching the lives of seven presidents.

 

Who was this man? A...


Plato's Theory of Knowledge: The Theaetetus and the Sophist

by Plato & Francis M. Cornford

Two masterpieces of Plato's later period. The Theaetetus offers a systematic treatment of the question "What is knowledge?" The Sophist follows Socrates' cross-examination of a self-proclaimed true philosopher....


Antonio Caso, Philosopher of Mexico: Philosopher of Mexico

by John H. Haddox

Few men have had as much cultural and educational influence on their own countries as the philosopher and educator Antonio Caso (1883-1946). He was above all a patriot of his beloved Mexico, and he sought to...


Friedrich Schleiermacher: The Evolution of a Nationalist

by Jerry F. Dawson

Nationalism was a driving, moving spirit in the nineteenth-century Germany of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Jerry F. Dawson, through his thoughtful and well-wrought study of Friedrich Schleiermacher, provides an...


Vasconcelos of Mexico: Philosopher and Prophet

by John H. Haddox

José Vasconcelos-lawyer, politician, writer, educator, philosopher, prophet, and mystic-was one of the most influential and controversial figures in the intellectual life of twentieth-century Mexico.Vasconcelos...


The Double Life of Paul De Man

by Evelyn Barish

A landmark biography that reveals the secret past of one of the most influential academics of the twentieth century. Over thirty years after his death in 1983, Paul de Man, a hugely charismatic intellectual...


The Soul of Kierkegaard: Selections from His Journals

by Søren Kierkegaard & Alexander Dru

Kierkegaard's journals reflect his further thoughts on the ideas developed in his philosophical and theological works, on his tumultuous career as an author, and on his own relationship with his work and readers....


Complete Essays

by Francis Bacon

The Elizabethan sage offers wise, witty observations on truth, adversity, love, ambition, fame, and many other topics. Short but thought-provoking, these essays constitute an excellent combination of style and...


The Essential Marx

by Karl Marx & León Trotsky

Compact and fascinating, this invaluable work not only presents Marx's thoughts in his own words, it places them in the swirling context of the early 20th century.


The Essential Nietzsche

by Friedrich Nietzsche & Heinrich Mann

An expert on Nietzsche presents highlights from The Birth of Tragedy, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, and other works, and explains their significance to modern readers.


Golden Lads: Sir Francis Bacon, Anthony Bacon, and Their Friends

by Daphné Du Maurier

"Daphne du Maurier has no equal." --Sunday Telegraph

Prior to the publication of Golden Lads, Anthony Bacon was viewed as a footnote in the history of his younger brother, Francis. A fascinating historical figure...


The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon, His Rise and Fall

by Daphné Du Maurier

"Unlike many authors of popular historical biographies, du Maurier resembled Antonia Fraser in being an indefatigable researcher." --Francis King

Many accounts of the life of Francis Bacon have been written...


Diving for Pearls: A Thinking Journey with Hannah Arendt

by Katheen B. Jones

Kathleen B. Jones brings a scholar's insights and a lyrical voice to this philosophical memoir about her thirty-year fascination with Hannah Arendt, one of the 20th century's most controversial thinkers. With...


Maimonides: Life and Thought

by Moshe Halbertal

Maimonides was the greatest Jewish philosopher and legal scholar of the medieval period, a towering figure who has had a profound and lasting influence on Jewish law, philosophy, and religious consciousness....


Soren Kierkegaard: A Biography

by Joakim Garff & Bruce H. Kirmmse

"The day will come when not only my writings, but precisely my life--the intriguing secret of all the machinery--will be studied and studied." Søren Kierkegaard's remarkable combination of genius and peculiarity...


John Grote, Cambridge University and the Development of Victorian Thought

by John Richard Gibbins

John Grote struggled to construct an intelligible account of philosophy at a time when radical change and sectarian conflict made understanding and clarity a rarity. This book answers three questions: * How...


Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

by Walter A. Kaufmann & Alexander Nehamas

This classic is the benchmark against which all modern books about Nietzsche are measured. When Walter Kaufmann wrote it in the immediate aftermath of World War II, most scholars outside Germany viewed Nietzsche...