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Plato's Republic as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well

by Ivor Ludlam

Transcending dominant debates of whether Plato's Republic is about the ideal state, the soul, art, or education, Ivor Ludlam's analysis treats the dialogue as pure conversation. Returning to the original Greek,...

Descartes' Temporal Dualism

by Rebecca Lloyd Waller

Time plays many crucial roles in Descartes’ physics, metaphysics, and epistemology, but has been an understudied area of his philosophy. Rebecca Lloyd Waller argues for a new interpretation of Descartes’...


by Nicholas Rescher

Nicholas Rescher unites two facets of metaphilosophy to show that the historical perspective and forward-thinking normative, or systematic, approach are, together, an integral component of philosophy itself....

Nietzsche, Tension, and the Tragic Disposition

by Matthew Tones

Nietzsche, Tension, and the Tragic Disposition exposes the role of tension in Nietzsche’s recovery, in his mature thought, of the Greek tragic disposition. Matthew Tones examines the ontological structure...

The Philosopher's Plant

by Michael Marder & Mathilde Roussel

Despite their conceptual allergy to vegetal life, philosophers have used germination, growth, blossoming, fruition, reproduction, and decay as illustrations of abstract concepts; mentioned plants in passing...

Comic Cure for Delusional Democracy

by Gene Fendt

Gene Fendt shows how Plato's Republic provides a liturgical purification for the political and psychic delusions of readers, even as Socrates provides the same for his interlocutors at the festival of Bendis....

Wretched Aristotle

by Jude P. Dougherty

About eighty-five years ago, philosophers and literary intellectuals as diverse as Edmund Husserl, George Santayana, and Paul ValZry, aware of the declining influence of Christianity, spoke of 'the crisis of...

An Elegant and Learned Discourse of the Light of Nature

by Nathaniel Culverwell, Robert A. Greene & Hugh MacCallum

An Elegant and Learned Discourse of the Light of Nature is a concerted effort at intellectual mediation in the deep religious dispute of the English civil war in the seventeenth century. On one side was the...

The Law of Nations

by Emer de Vattel, Béla Kapossy & Richard Whatmore

The great eighteenth-century theorist of international law Emer de Vattel (1714?1767) was a key figure in sustaining the practical and theoretical influence of natural jurisprudence through the Revolutionary...

An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense

by Francis Hutcheson & Aaron Garrett

In An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense, Francis Hutcheson answers the criticism that had been leveled against his first book, Inquiry into...

Intellectual Citizenship and the Problem of Incarnation

by Peter Eglin

“Who has the right to know?” asks Jean-Francois Lyotard. “Who has the right to eat?” asks Peter Madaka Wanyama. This book asks: “what does it mean to be a responsible academic in a ‘northern’ university...

Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates

by Severin Valentinov Kitanov

Beatific Enjoyment in Medieval Scholastic Debates examines the religious concept of enjoyment as discussed by scholastic theologians in the Latin Middle Ages. Severin Kitanov argues that central to the concept...

Marcel Proust in the Light of William James

by Marilyn M. Sachs

For a century now, scholars have searched for the “source” of Marcel Proust’s startlingly innovative novel À la recherche du temps perdu. Some have pointed to Henri Bergson, Sigmund Freud, or Paul Sollier....

The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America

by Arnold R. Eiser

The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America is an analysis of medical care, medical education and medical professionalism with reference to the cultural touchstones of the postmodern era: consumerism, computerization,...

The Present State of Germany

by Samuel Pufendorf & Michael J. Seidler

Samuel Pufendorf?s The Present State of Germany was first published in 1667 (under the pseudonym Severinus de Monzambano) and immediately became one of the most notorious works in Europe for the next half century....

A Treatise of the Laws of Nature

by Richard Cumberland & Jon Parkin

A Treatise of the Laws of Nature, originally titled De Legibus Naturae, first appeared in 1672 as a theoretical response to a range of issues that came together during the late 1660s. It conveyed a conviction...

Philosophy and Working-through the Past

by Jeffrey M. Jackson

At certain moments in his political essays, Kant conceives of socio-historical emancipation as a process of working ourselves out of pathological legacies, suggesting that emancipation would involve a process...

Historical Dictionary of Nietzscheanism

by Carol Diethe

Few philosophers have been as popular, prolific, and controversial as Friedrich Nietzsche, who has left his imprint not only on philosophy but on all the arts. Whether it is his concept of the übermensch or...

Cosmological Aesthetics through the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

by Erman Kaplama

Erman Kaplama explores the principle of transition (Übergang) from metaphysics to physics developed by Kant in his unfinished magnum opus, Opus Postumum. Drawing on the Heraclitean logos and Kant’s notions...

Hegel and Greek Tragedy

by Martin Thibodeau

This study is concerned with the different interpretations of Greek tragedy proposed by G.W.F. Hegel. While Hegel’s philosophical interest in tragedy as an art form is well known, the motivation for his preoccupation...