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by Thomas More, Niall Kishtainy & Tom Butler-Bowdon

What we can learn from a Renaissance nowhere  

In 1516, a book was published in Latin with the enigmatic Greek-derived word as its title. Utopia?which could mean either ?good-place? or ?no-place??gives a...

Analects of Confucius

by Confucius

Analects of Confucius is a classic philosophical short story by Confucius.

The Analects of Confucius gathers the teachings or aphorisms of the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC). He discusses the morality...

On Peace of Mind and Care of Health

by Seneca

This book deals with Seneca treatise on Peace of Mind and Care of Health.

“I have given you an account of what things can preserve peace of mind, what things can restore it to us, what can arrest the vices...

Worry and Mental Overwork

by Robert F. Sharp, Joseph M. Granville & Charles R. Richet

To hit off the happy medium between over- and under-work is no easy task even to those who have the necessary knowledge, on the one hand, and the liberty to arrange their own scheme of occupation, on the other....

A Theologico-Political Treatise

by Benedict Spinoza

The Tractatus Theologico-Politicus or Theologico-Political Treatise was one of the most controversial texts of the early modern period. It was a preemptive defense of Spinoza's later work, Ethics, published...

Cognition Switch #2

by Martin Rees, Michael Shermer, Peter Staudenmaier & Sabine Hossenfelder et al.

Cognition Switch: An Artefact for the Transmission of New Ideas

Issue #2: January 2019

Featuring Ideas by: 

Michael Shermer, Peter Staudenmaier, Sabine Hossenfelder, Kate Raworth, Benjamin G Martin, Noah Charney,...

Proposed Roads to Freedom

by Bertrand Russell

The attempt to conceive imaginatively a better ordering of human society than the destructive and cruel chaos in which mankind has hitherto existed is by no means modern: it is at least as old as Plato, whose...

Political Ideals

by Bertrand Russell

In dark days, men need a clear faith and a well-grounded hope; and as the outcome of these, the calm courage which takes no account of hardships by the way. The times through which we are passing have afforded...

The Problem of China

by Bertrand Russell

A European lately arrived in China, if he is of a receptive and reflective disposition, finds himself confronted with a number of very puzzling questions, for many of which the problems of Western Europe will...

Free Thought and Official Propaganda

by Bertrand Russell

Moncure Conway, in whose honour we are assembled to-day, devoted his life to two great objects: freedom of thought and freedom of the individual. In regard to both these objects, something has been gained since...

Mysticism and Logic

by Bertrand Russell

Metaphysics, or the attempt to conceive the world as a whole by means of thought, has been developed, from the first, by the union and conflict of two very different human impulses, the one urging men towards...

The Analysis of Mind

by Bertrand Russell

This book has grown out of an attempt to harmonize two different tendencies, one in psychology, the other in physics, with both of which I find myself in sympathy, although at first sight they might seem inconsistent....

The Problems of Philosophy

by Bertrand Russell

In the following pages I have confined myself in the main to those problems of philosophy in regard to which I thought it possible to say something positive and constructive, since merely negative criticism...

The Critique of Pure Reason

by Immanuel Kant

Human reason, in one sphere of its cognition, is called upon to consider questions, which it cannot decline, as they are presented by its own nature, but which it cannot answer, as they transcend every faculty...


by Plato

The Philebus appears to be one of the later writings of Plato, in which the style has begun to alter, and the dramatic and poetical element has become subordinate to the speculative and philosophical. In the...

The End(s) of Community

by Joshua Ben David Nichols

This book stems from an examination of how Western philosophy has accounted for the foundations of law. In this tradition, the character of the ?sovereign? or ?lawgiver? has provided the solution to this problem....

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction

by Stephen Eric Bronner

Critical theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose -- and, if at all possible, cure -- the ills of society, particularly...

The Art of War

by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Art of War (Italian: Dell'arte della guerra) is a treatise by the Italian Renaissance political philosopher and historian Niccolò Machiavelli.

The format of The Art of War is a socratic dialogue. The purpose,...

Kant and the Critical Philosophy

by Harald Hoffding & Herbert Spencer

Immanuel Kant and the Critical Philosophy.

"The critical philosophy has nothing to do with a theory of the evolution of knowledge, in the modern sense of the word. Its distinctive task is to discover the necessary...

Commiserating With Devastated Things