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Tragic Sense of Life

by Miguel de Unamuno

The acknowledged masterpiece of one of Spain's most influential thinkers. Between despair and the desire for something better, Unamuno finds that "saving incertitude" that alone can console us.


A Theologico-Political Treatise and A Political Treatise

by Benedict de Spinoza, R. H. M. Elwes & Francesco Cordasco

2 important works by one of philosophy's most original and penetrating thinkers: an eloquent plea for religious liberty, and polemic on government founded on common consent.


Politics

by Aristotle

Intellectually stimulating work describes the ideal state and ponders how it can bring about the most desirable life for its citizens. Famed Jowett translation of Aristotle's masterwork.


The Ego and His Own: The Case of the Individual Against Authority

by Max Stirner, Steven T. Byington & James J. Martin

This prophetic 1844 work challenges the very notion of a common good as the driving force of civilization. It offers burning indictments of philosophers, Christianity, monarchism, and the bourgeois state.


Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

by Peter Kropotkin

In a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship, a famous anarchist posits that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. A powerful counterpoint...


Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

by Karl Marx

This predecessor to the Communist Manifesto offers a historical analysis of the human condition. Combining elements of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, it forms an accessible introduction to Marxist...


On the Social Contract

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A milestone of political science, Rousseau's 1762 work argues that all government is fundamentally flawed and that modern society is rife with inequality. He proposes an alternative system for the development...


The Republic

by Plato

Influential philosophical treatise of 4th century BC chiefly concerns the idea of justice, plus Platonic theories of ideas, criticism of poetry, philosopher's role. Source of the cave myth. Jowett translation....


Thomas Aquinas on Persuasion: Action, Ends, and Natural Rhetoric

by Jeffrey J. Maciejewski

Jeffrey J. Maciejewski’s Thomas Aquinas on Persuasion: Action, Ends, and Natural Rhetoric reveals why human nature is dependent on an internally constituted form of persuasive discourse to bring about human...


The Affirmative Action Debate

by Steven M. Cahn

Contributors: Steven M. Cahn, James W. Nickel, J. L. Cowan, Paul W. Taylor, Michael D. Bayles, William A. Nunn III, Alan H. Goldman, Paul Woodruff, Robert A. Shiver, Judith Jarvis Thomson, Robert Simon, George...


Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy: Essays on the Philosophical Cast of Jefferson's Writings

by M. Andrew Holowchak, Garrett Ward Sheldon & James J. Carpenter

Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy: Essays on the Philosophical Cast of Jefferson’s Writings is a collection of essays on topics that relate to philosophical aspects of Jefferson’s thinking over the years....


Crisis of Liberalism : The Postmodern Revolution.

by Martin Weltman

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Crisis of Liberalism deals with the traditional philosophical problems and a critique of the major philosophers. followed by the bankruptcy of Modernity or the status quo. It outlines the ideology...


Cinema and Agamben: Ethics, Biopolitics and the Moving Image

by Henrik Gustafsson & Asbjorn Gronstad

Cinema and Agamben brings together a group of established scholars of film and visual culture to explore the nexus between the moving image and the influential work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben. Including...


Adorno and the Political

by Espen Hammer

Interest in Theodor W. Adorno continues to grow in the English-speaking world as the significance of his contribution to philosophy, social and cultural theory, as well as aesthetics is increasingly recognized....


The Philosophy Of Marx

by Etienne Balibar & Chris Turner

Providing a lucid and accessible introduction to Marx, complete with pedagogical boxes, a chronology and guides to further reading, Etienne Balibar makes the most difficult areas of his philosophy easy to understand....


Hatred Of Democracy

by Jacques Rancière & Steve Corcoran

In this vehement defence of democracy, Jacques Rancière explodes the complacency of Western politicians who pride themselves as the defenders of political freedom. As America and its allies use their military...


Hegemony And Socialist Strategy: Towards A Radical Democratic Politics

by Ernesto Laclau & Chantal Mouffe

In this hugely influential book, Laclau and Mouffe examine the workings of hegemony and contemporary social struggles, and their significance for democratic theory. With the emergence of new social and political...


Representing Capital: A Reading Of Volume One

by Fredric Jameson

Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s magnum opus, is a unique work of scholarship that records the progression of Marx’s thought as if it were a musical score....


The Ego And His Own: The Case Of The Individual Against Authority

by Max Stirner

The Ego and His Own, the seminal defence of individualism, coloured the thinking of Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Ernst, Henrik Ibsen and Victor Serge, among many others, some of whom would vigorously deny any such...


Freedom and Order: A Commentary on the American Political Scene

by Henry Steele Commager

This title collects topically diverse essays on American political institutions and practices related to freedom. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's (http://www.humanitiesebook.org)...