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The Spectre Of Hegel: Early Writings

by Louis Althusser

Louis Althusser is remembered today as the scourge of humanist Marxism, but that was his later incarnation, an identity formed by years grappling with the intellectual inheritance of Hegel and Catholicism. The...


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...


Merleau-Ponty's Existential Phenomenology and the Realization of Philosophy

by Bryan A. Smyth

This original study recovers the 'militant' dimension of Merleau-Ponty's thought and sheds new light on his work. It does so in a way that challenges some of the basic parameters of existing Merleau-Ponty scholarship...


The Bloomsbury Companion to Aristotle

by Claudia Baracchi

Aristotle is one of the most crucial figures in the history of Western thought, and his name and ideas continue to be invoked in a wide range of contemporary philosophical discussions. The Bloomsbury Companion...


Heroes of History: A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age

by Will Durant

In the tradition of his own bestselling masterpieces The Story of Civilization and The Lessons of History, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Will Durant here traces the lives and ideas of those who have helped...


A Very Brief History of Eternity

by Carlos Eire

What is eternity? Is it anything other than a purely abstract concept, totally unrelated to our lives? A mere hope? A frightfully uncertain horizon? Or is it a certainty, shared by priest and scientist alike,...


Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood

by Kimberly A. Blessing & Paul Tudico

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said Albert Camus. And philosopher Woody Allen has wondered: "How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?" Claims...


Time, Will, and Purpose: Living Ideas from the Philosophy of Josiah Royce

by Randall E. Auxier

Josiah Royce (1855–1916) has had a major influence on American intellectual life — both popular movements and cutting-edge thought — but his name often went unmentioned while his ideas marched forward. The...


Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: Critical Essays

by Patricia Kitcher, Karl Ameriks & Harry Allison

The central project of the Critique of Pure Reason is to answer two sets of questions: What can we know and how can we know it? and What can't we know and why can't we know it? The essays in this collection...


Mathematics of the Transcendental

by Alain BADIOU, A.J. Bartlett & Alex Ling

In Mathematics of the Transcendental, Alain Badiou painstakingly works through the pertinent aspects of Category Theory, demonstrating their internal logic and veracity, their derivation and distinction from...


Delusions of Invulnerability: Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece, China and Today

by G.E.R. Lloyd

How were the aims of philosophy and the responsibilities of philosophers conceived in ancient Greece and China? How were the learned elite recruited and controlled; how were their speculations and advice influenced...


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....


Philosophy and Exegesis in Simplicius: The Methodology of a Commentator

by Han Baltussen

This is the first book-length study in English of the interpretative and philosophical approach of the commentaries of Simplicius of Cilicia (c. AD 530). Simplicius' work, marked by doctrinal complexity and...


The Zen Arts: An Anthropological Study of the Culture of Aesthetic Form in Japan

by Rupert Cox

The tea ceremony and the martial arts are intimately linked in the popular and historical imagination with Zen Buddhism, and Japanese culture. They are commonly interpreted as religio-aesthetic pursuits which...


Plato's Theory of Knowledge (Routledge Revivals)

by Norman Gulley

First published in 1962, this book provides a systematic account of the development of Plato's theory of knowledge. Beginning with a consideration of the Socratic and other influences which determined the form...


Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder

by Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy & Jonathan Israel

Isaiah Berlin was deeply admired during his life, but his full contribution was perhaps underestimated because of his preference for the long essay form. The efforts of Henry Hardy to edit Berlin's work and...


The Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Philosophy

by Barry Dainton & Howard Robinson

Surveying the history, latest developments and potential future directions of contemporary analytic philosophy, this is an essential one-volume reference guide for all those workingin the field. The Continuum...


The Upanishads

by Anonymous & Valerie Roebuck

An "Upanisad" is a teaching session with a guru, and the thirteen texts of the "Principal Upanis.ads"-which comprise this volume-form a series of philosophical discourses between teacher and student that question...


Conversations of Socrates

by Xenophon & Hugh Tredennick

‘He seemed to me to be the perfect example of goodness and happiness’ After the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, a number of his followers wrote dialogues featuring him as the protagonist and, in so doing,...


The Earth, the Gods and the Soul - A History of Pagan Philosophy: From the Iron Age to the 21st Century

by Brendan Myers

Philosophy was invented by pagans. But is there a pagan philosophy? Yes, there is, and this book explains it.