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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

The definitive mission of metaphilosophy is to facilitate an understanding of how philosophy works—the aim of the enterprise, the instrumental and procedural resources for its work, and the prospect of its...

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...

Comic Cure for Delusional Democracy

by Gene Fendt

This book shows how the discussion of Platos' Republic is a comic mimetic cure for civic and psychic delusion. Plato creates such pharmaka, or noble lies, for reasons enunciated by Socrates within the discussion,...

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...

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...

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...

The Role Ethics of Epictetus

by Brian E. Johnson

The Role Ethics of Epictetus: Stoicism in Ordinary Life offers an original interpretation of Epictetus’s ethics and how he bases his ethics on an appeal to our roles in life. Epictetus believes that every...

Human Works, Absent Words

by Christopher Berry Gray

What is said can be understood only when seen in the context of what is not said. Many ancient and medieval philosophers use this dynamic of presence and absence. Plato always recognizes that his expressions...

The Divine Feudal Law: Or, Covenants with Mankind, Represented

by Samuel Pufendorf & Simone Zurbuchen

The Divine Feudal Law sets forth Pufendorf?s basis for the reunion of the Lutheran and Calvinist confessions. This attempt to seek a ?conciliation? between the confessions complements the concept of toleration...