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The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life

by Jean Francois Revel & Matthieu Ricard

Jean Francois-Revel, a pillar of French intellectual life in our time, became world famous for his challenges to both Communism and Christianity. Twenty-seven years ago, his son, Matthieu Ricard, gave up a promising...


The Rationalists: Descartes: Discourse on Method & Meditations; Spinoza: Ethics; Leibniz: Monadolo gy & Discourse on Metaphysics

by Rene Descartes, Benedict de Spinoza & Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz

Founded in the mid-17th century, Rationalism was  philosophy's first step into the modern era. This  volume contains the essential statements of  Rationalism's three greatest figures: Descartes, who  began...


Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation

by Sissela Bok

Shows how the ethical issues raised by secrets and secrecy in our careers or private lives take us to the heart of the critical questions of private and public morality.


Essays in Understanding, 1930-1954: Formation, Exile, and Totalitarianism

by Hannah Arendt

Few thinkers have addressed the political horrors and ethical complexities of the twentieth century with the insight and passionate intellectual integrity of Hannah Arendt. She was irresistible drawn to the...


Deep Play

by Diane Ackerman

With A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman let her free-ranging intellect loose on the natural world.  Now in Deep Play she tackles the realm of creativity, by exploring one of the most essential...


From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest

by T.Z. Lavine

A challenging new look at the great thinkers whose ides have shaped our civilization

From Socrates to Sartre presents a rousing and readable introduction to the lives, and times of the great philosophers. This...


Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships

by Piatti-Crocker Pierceson

This book explores policy innovation for same-sex couples throughout the Americas and includes same-sex marriage legislation, civil unions, and other new developments for same-sex couples throughout the Americas...


The Good, the Bad & the Difference: How to Tell the Right From Wrong in Everyday Situations

by Randy Cohen

The man behind the New York Times Magazine’s immensely popular column “The Ethicist”–syndicated in newspapers across the United States and Canada as “Everyday Ethics”–casts an eye on today’s...


Design

by Mark McGinnis

This foundation design book was written over the course of 10 years while teaching at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. My incentive for writing this book was not the lack of good design books available....


The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte

by Isaac Nakhimovsky

This book presents an important new account of Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Closed Commercial State, a major early nineteenth-century development of Rousseau and Kant's political thought. Isaac Nakhimovsky shows...


Mind Games: 31 Days to Rediscover Your Brain

by Martin Cohen

This original and innovative book is an exploration of one of the key mysteries of the mind, the question of consciousness. Conducted through a one month course of both practical and entertaining ‘thought...


The Christian Heritage

by George Anastaplo

The Christian Heritage delves into the history of the western Christian heritage. Challenges to the Christian heritage, a heritage nourished both by Judaism and by the western classics, have been stimulated...


The Timespace of Human Activity: On Performance, Society, and History as Indeterminate Teleological Events

by Theodore R. Schatzki

This book develops an original Heideggerian account of the timespace and indeterminacy of human activity while describing insights that this account provides into the nature of activity, society and history....


The Value of Time and Leisure in a World of Work

by Kline Haney

This book is concerned with how we should think and act in our work, leisure activities, and time utilization in order to achieve flourishing lives. The scope papers range from general theoretical considerations...


Luhmann Explained: From Souls to Systems

by Hans-Georg Moeller

What are systems? What is society? What happens to human beings in a hypermodern world? This book is an introduction to Niklas Luhmann's social system theory which explains specific functions like economy and...


Daoism Explained: From the Dream of the Butterfly to the Fishnet Allegory

by Hans-Georg Moeller

Hans-Georg Moeller has achieved the perfect blend with At the Center of the Circle: it is both a fascinating introduction to Daoist thought as well as an original and insightful contribution to Eastern philosophy....


The Grateful Dead and Philosophy: Getting High Minded about Love and Haight

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #28

by Steve Gimbel

This book is another one of those late-night Grateful Dead inspired dorm room conversations with friends . . . only this time it’s your professors sitting cross-legged on the floor asking if anyone else wants...


Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective

Popular Culture and Philosophy® series #46

by D. Wittkower

Mr. Monk and Philosophy is a carefully and neatly organized collection of eighteen chapters divided into exactly six groups of precisely three chapters each. Drawing on a wide range of philosophers—from Aristotle...


Freedom and the Rule of Law

by Anthony A Peacock

Freedom and the Rule of Law takes a critical look at the historical beginnings of law in the United States, and how that history has influenced current trends regarding law and freedom. Anthony Peacock has compiled...


Sartre Explained: From Bad Faith to Authenticity

by David Detmer

The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) was the major representative of the philosophical movement called “existentialism,” and he remains by far the most famous philosopher, worldwide, of the...