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Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life's Milestones

by Robert Rowland Smith

Learn to ride a bicycle with Einstein, have your first kiss with Kant, get your first job with Adam Smith, and weather midlife with Dante. Let history’s greatest minds illuminate life’s turning points.

In...


The Rules of Sociological Method: And Selected Texts on Sociology and its Method

by Émile Durkheim & Steven Lukes

Revised for the first time in over thirty years, this edition of Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology is updated with a new introduction and improved translation by leading...


The Division of Labor in Society

by Émile Durkheim & Steven Lukes

Revised for the first time in over thirty years, this edition of Emile Durkheim’s masterful work on the nature and scope of sociology is updated with a new introduction and improved translation by leading...


Culture of Hope

by Frederick Turner

As we approach the new millenium, the moral, intellectual,and spiritual crisis of our time is visible most plainly in the sickness of the arts. The "postmodern" cultural establishment is philosophically empty...


Virtues of the Family

by Jacob Joshua Ross

Since the sexual revolution, the traditional family’s moral authority has been the subject of an increasingly politicized debate. The family’s detractors have viewed it as an arbitrary social arrangement...


The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas

by Thomas Aquinas

Originally published in The Hafner Library of Classics in 1953, The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas provides important insights into the human side of one of the most influential medieval philosophers....


Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day

by Robert Rowland Smith

Ever want to have a bagel with Hegel? Eggs with Bacon? Or spend a day with Socrates, Mill, Herodotus, or Kant, able to pick their brains about the most mundane moments of your life? Former Oxford Philosophy...


Theories of the Universe

by Milton K. Munitz

The theoretical physicist shares his latest thoughts on the nature of space and time in this anthology of selections from Princeton University Press. Along with eminent colleagues, Hawking extends theoretical...


Philosophy of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

by Richard H. Popkin

A short anthology of philosophers of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, which includes the most important philosophical writings from Europe during this period.

Part of the Readings in the History of Philosophy...


Toward a More Natural Science

by Leon R. Kass

Kass shows how the promise and the peril of our time are inextricably linked with the promise and the peril of modern science.

The relation between the pursuit of knowledge and the conduct of life—between science...


Expect the Unexpected (Or You Won't Find It): A Creativity Tool Based on the Ancient Wisdom of H

by Roger Von Oech

"You can't step in the same river twice."

"Dogs bark at what they don't understand."

"The doctor inflicts pain to cure suffering."

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus was famous for his brilliant and provocative...


Critique of Judgement

by Immanuel Kant

A refreshing approach to the study of major Western philosophers. Introductory essays by noted scholars enliven each volume with insights into the human side of the great thinkers, and provide authoritative...


Libertarianism

by David Boaz

Tens of millions of Americans, from Generation X-ers to baby boomers and beyond, are rediscovering libertarianism, a visionary alternative to the tired party orthodoxies of left and right. In 1995 a Gallup poll...


The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to

by David Boaz

The first collection of seminal writings on a movement that is rapidly changing the face of American politics, The Libertarian Reader links some of the most fertile minds of our time to a centuries-old commitment...


The Construction of Social Reality

by John R. Searle

This short treatise looks at how we construct a social reality from our sense impressions; at how, for example, we construct a ‘five-pound note’ with all that implies in terms of value and social meaning,...


Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History

by Lee Harris

Forgetfulness occurs when those who have been long inured to civilized order can no longer remember a time in which they had to wonder whether their crops would grow to maturity without being stolen or their...


All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age

by Hubert Dreyfus & Sean Dorrance Kelly

In unrelenting flow of choices confronts us at nearly every moment of our lives, and yet our culture offers us no clear way to choose. This predicament seems inevitable, but in fact it’s quite new. In medieval...


The Denial of Death

by Ernest Becker

Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant...


The Quest for Cosmic Justice

by Thomas Sowell

This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest...


Models.Behaving.Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life

by Emanuel Derman

Now in paperback, “a compelling, accessible, and provocative piece of work that forces us to question many of our assumptions” (Gillian Tett, author of Fool’s Gold).

Quants, physicists working on Wall Street...