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The Vision of Léon Walras

by Donald Walker, Louis Rukeyser, Israel Kirzner & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (April 03, 2006)

Léon Walras (1834–1910) transformed economics from a literary discipline into a mathematical, deterministic science. For the first time, Walras expressed the view that all markets are related and that their...


Socrates

by Thomas C. Brickhouse, Nicholas Smith, Lynn Redgrave & John Lachs et al. Knowledge Products (March 01, 2006)

Socrates was the first great philosopher of the West. Though he left no written works, there were many accounts of his life and philosophy. Socrates was an eccentric who went about Athens in bare feet and tattered...


Søren Kierkegaard

by George Connell, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (March 02, 2006)

For Kierkegaard, truth is a subjective reality which we must live, not something to simply consider and discuss. His self-consciousness and self-examination highlight the practical demands of existence, and...


John Dewey

by John J. Stuhr, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 31, 2006)

John Dewey was America's most influential philosopher. Dewey's views are known as "pragmatism," which emphasizes action and results. He believed that knowledge and ethics, as well as art and religion, live only...


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

by John E. Smith, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 18, 2006)

Friedrich Hegel developed a profound and influential synthesis of all prior knowledge. He aimed to make philosophy an all-comprehensive science that would restate, in rational language, the truth of Christianity....


Jean-Paul Sartre

by John Compton, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 30, 2006)

Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher, is perhaps the best known advocate of existentialism. In this view, no external authority gives life meaning: mankind is radically free and responsible. In every moment...


David Hume

by Nicholas Capaldi, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 05, 2006)

David Hume (1711-1776) represented the culmination of the British philosophy of sense-experience. Although he lived in the age of reason, Hume had profound doubts about our ability to know anything in the world...


Immanuel Kant

by A. J. Mandt, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 23, 2006)

Immanuel Kant's "transcendental" philosophy transcends the question of what we know to ask how we know it. Before Kant, philosophers had debated for centuries whether knowledge is derived from experience or...


Arthur Schopenhauer

by Mark Stone, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 01, 2007)

Arthur Schopenhauer was the most articulate and influential pessimist in the history of human thought. He was convinced that the space and time of ordinary life is an illusion, that the world consists of two...


Baruch Spinoza

by Thomas Cook, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (April 24, 2006)

A Portuguese Jew living in Holland, Spinoza was excommunicated because of the unorthodox view he took of God. Spinoza wrote in the rationalist style of a geometric proof to develop his idea of God as the infinite,...


Plato

by Berel Lang, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (February 17, 2006)

Plato was the first great philosopher of the West to organize and record the issues and questions that define philosophy. A student of Socrates, Plato preserved the teachings of his mentor in many famous “dialogues”...


Aristotle

by Thomas C. Brickhouse, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 14, 2010)

Few philosophers have so extensively influenced thought and language as Aristotle. His conception of the universe pervades Christian theology. Knowledge of his thought is necessary to understand Bacon, Galileo,...


Descartes, Bacon, and Modern Philosophy

by Jeffrey Tlumak, Lynn Redgrave, John Lachs & Wendy McElroy et al. Knowledge Products (January 08, 2006)

These two great seventeenth-century philosophers aimed to break free of oppressive traditions. Free scientific inquiry led them to skeptically question everything, though they also tried to reconcile science...


Simone de Beauvoir

by Ladelle McWhorter, Lynn Redgrave, John Lachs & Wendy McElroy et al. Knowledge Products (February 27, 2006)

Simone de Beauvoir stands as a towering figure in the twentieth century's flowering of thought among women. There are probably more women philosophers alive today than in all of prior history, and their perspective...


Voltaire and Rousseau

by Charles M. Sherover, Lynn Redgrave, John Lachs & Wendy McElroy et al. Knowledge Products (April 09, 2006)

In the great ferment of the French Revolution, Voltaire and Rousseau stood out as intellectual giants. Voltaire’s incisive wit and commitment to translucent reason stands in sharp contrast to Rousseau’s...


William James, Charles Peirce, and American Pragmatism

by James Campbell, Lynn Redgrave, John Lachs & Wendy McElroy et al. Knowledge Products (January 29, 2006)

C. S. Peirce was an authentic American genius who developed a tough-minded pragmatism and a sweeping philosophy of evolutionary love. William James, a trained physician, carefully studied human experience, including...


St. Thomas Aquinas

by Kenneth L. Schmitz, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (March 05, 2006)

St. Thomas Aquinas is known for producing history's most complete system of Christian philosophy. In the late thirteenth century, this quiet, reflective Dominican scholar combined the work of Aristotle with...


St. Augustine

by R. J. O’Connell, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (March 04, 2006)

St. Augustine (AD 354–430) was the first great systematic Christian philosopher. He attempted to combine the philosophical insights of Plato with the faith explicated in the Bible. Augustine thought of Plato’s...


Friedrich Nietzsche

by Richard Schacht, Charlton Heston, John Lachs & Mike Hassell et al. Knowledge Products (January 16, 2006)

Near the end of the nineteenth century, Friedrich Nietzsche boldly announced that God is dead. There are no absolute truths, he said; the only reality is this world of life and death, conflict and change, creation...


Bertrand Russell and A. N. Whitehead

by Paul Kuntz, Lynn Redgrave, John Lachs & Wendy McElroy et al. Knowledge Products (April 25, 2006)

Bertrand Russell and A.N. Whitehead coauthored a seminal work in logic entitled Principia Mathematica. Russell wrote on virtually every aspect of philosophy, with particular contributions in ethics (where he...