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The Wisdom of Life

by Arthur Schopenhauer & T. Bailey Saunders Dover Publications (February 13, 2012)

In this essay from his final work, Parerga und Paralipomena (1851), the philosopher examines the ways in which life can be arranged to derive the highest degree of pleasure and success.


Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine

by Thomas Paine Canterbury Classics (May 19, 2014)

Thomas Paine is one of history’s most renowned thinkers and was indispensible to both the American and French revolutions. The three works included, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason,...


Summers of Discontent: The Purpose of the Arts Today

by Raymond Tallis & Julian Spalding Wilmington Square Books (September 22, 2014)

An examination of why artists make art in the first place, and why we all feel the need for it.


Moved by the Past: Discontinuity and Historical Mutation

by Eelco Runia Columbia University Press (May 06, 2014)

Historians go to great lengths to avoid confronting discontinuity, searching for explanations as to why such events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and the introduction of...


Tocquevillian Ideas: Contemporary European Perspectives

by Zbigniew Rau & Marek Tracz-Tryniecki UPA (April 01, 2014)

This book presents Tocqueville’s vision of the European continent, exploring his ideas of liberty, virtue, religion, patriotism, civic participation and democracy. Although Tocqueville is often revered as...


Philosophical Letters: (Letters Concerning the English Nation)

by Voltaire Dover Publications (May 15, 2012)

The voice of the Age of Reason remarks on English religion and politics during the early 18th century: Quakers, Church of England, Presbyterians, Anti-Trinitarians, Parliament, government, commerce, plus essays...


Complete Essays

by Francis Bacon Dover Publications (October 16, 2012)

The Elizabethan sage offers wise, witty observations on truth, adversity, love, ambition, fame, and many other topics. Short but thought-provoking, these essays constitute an excellent combination of style and...


Philosophical Dictionary

by Voltaire & H. I. Woolf Dover Publications (November 27, 2012)

These brief essays form a thought-provoking analysis of 18th-century social and religious conventions. Voltaire's sardonic wit lends a modern feeling to his writings on God, mortality, freedom, justice, and...


Charles S. Peirce, Selected Writings

by Charles S. Peirce & Philip P. Wiener Dover Publications (July 31, 2012)

Science, material, idealism, pragmaticism, history of scientific thought. With Buchler's book, best way to approach notoriously cryptic philosopher. Features 24 selections including "The Place of Our Age in...


A Treatise of Human Nature

by David Hume Dover Publications (March 22, 2012)

This enormously influential work employs Locke's empiric principles to construct a theory of knowledge from which to evaluate metaphysical ideas. Numerous thought-provoking considerations of issues include causation,...


Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

by Richard Maurice Bucke Dover Publications (February 08, 2012)

This pioneering study in mysticism explores the phenomenon of transcendent realization, or illumination. Its numerous case studies offer intriguing, real-life particulars of individuals who experienced personal...


Philosophical Writings of Peirce

by Charles S. Peirce & Justus Buchler Dover Publications (April 13, 2012)

Arranged and integrated to reveal epistemology, phenomenology, theory of signs, other major topics. Includes "The Fixation of Beliefs," "How to Make Our Ideas Clear," and "The Criterion of Validity in Reasoning."...


Self-Reliance and Other Essays

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Dover Publications (February 07, 2012)

Six essays and one address outline Emerson's moral idealism and hint at later scepticism. In addition to title essay, this volume includes "History," "Friendship," "The Over-Soul," "The Poet" and "Experience,"...


Six Great Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Symposium, The Republic

by Plato & Benjamin Jowett Dover Publications (March 07, 2012)

Plato's Dialogues rank among Western civilization's most important and influential philosophical works. These 6 selections of his major works explore a broad range of enduringly relevant issues. Authoritative...


The Madman: His Parables and Poems

by Kahlil Gibran Dover Publications (July 11, 2012)

Life-affirming parables and poems by the author of The Prophet cast an ironic light on the beliefs, aspirations and vanities of humanity. Also features 3 illustrations by author.


The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses

by Theodore Roosevelt Dover Publications (February 03, 2012)

Politician, soldier, naturalist, and historian — Theodore Roosevelt remains a towering symbol of American optimism and progress. This collection embodies his enduring ideals for attaining a robust political,...


Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

by Henry David Thoreau Dover Publications (February 01, 2012)

Representative sampling of Thoreau's most frequently read and cited essays: "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (1849), "Life without Principle" (1863), "Slavery in Massachusetts" (1854), "A Plea for Captain...


Metaphysics of Infinity: The Problem of Motion and the Infinite Brain

by Ion Soteropoulos UPA (November 26, 2013)

Ion Soteropoulos reconciles the contradiction between the finite and infinite and transforms this reconciliation into the founding principle of motion. This book will appeal to readers interested in the logical...


Does The Universe Need Me?

by Raphael Dorsainvil eBookIt.com (November 03, 2013)

"What is life all about?" and, "What's my purpose in the world?" are age-old concerns that can be found throughout humanity. Along with such serious questions, are the answers that have been provided, and the...


Questioning Martin Heidegger: On Western Metaphysics, Bhuddhist Ethics, and the Fate of the Sentient Earth

by Eric D. Meyer UPA (February 14, 2013)

In Questioning Martin Heidegger, Martin Heidegger’s “Overcoming Metaphysics” provides the jumping-off point for a wide-ranging critique and deconstruction of Western philosophy. This book also addresses...


Truity: The Essence of Truth

by Abram Allen Hamilton Books (September 03, 2013)

Truity reveals the fundamental law: no subject possesses truth as every subject represents truth. Man has yet to learn this basic rule of grammar. To be born in ignorance is understandable but to stand in ignorance...


Hegel's Science of Logic: A Critical Rethinking in Thirty Lectures

by Richard Dien Winfield Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 27, 2012)

This text provides a truly comprehensive guide to one of the most important and challenging works of modern philosophy. The systematic complexity of Hegel's radical project in the Science of Logic prevents many...


East and West: Allama Jafari on Bertrand Russell

by Seyed Javad Miri UPA (July 11, 2013)

This book is an analysis of an Iranian philosopher’s engagement with a British philosopher. This is the first book of its kind. East and West will be a useful work for anyone who is interested in comparative...


Political Morality in a Disenchanted World

by Edmund Abegg UPA (June 20, 2013)

Edmund Abegg constructs a coherent path that leads from abstract psychological and moral theory to ideal political and economic scenarios and then to their real-world applications. This book establishes a framework...


Posthuman Personhood

by Daryl J. Wennemann UPA (May 02, 2013)

Wennemann argues that the traditional concept of personhood may be fruitfully applied to the ethical challenge we face in a posthuman age. The book posits that biologically non-human persons like robots, computers,...


Just War in Religion and Politics

by Jacob Neusner, Bruce D. Chilton & R. E. Tully UPA (April 18, 2013)

The basis of this collection of essays is the reading of a common topic from different perspectives. The contributors compare and contrast not only positions, but also methods of learning. They examine theories...


The Ontological Foundation of Ethics, Politics, and Law

by Francesco Belfiore UPA (March 25, 2013)

In this revised edition, Belfiore adds new concepts and discusses the views of additional thinkers. He gives an ontological foundation to ethics, politics, and law and shows how his thought can reinterpret the...


Introduction to Thomistic Philosophy

by John Peterson UPA (December 14, 2012)

This book introduces readers to Thomistic philosophy through selected topics such as being, God, teleology, truth, persons and knowledge, ethics, and universals. Defending the basis of Aquinas’ natural-law...


The Divine Within

by Aldous Huxley & Huston Smith Harper Perennial (July 02, 2013)

Brave New World author Aldous Huxley on enlightenment and the "ultimate reality".

In this anthology of twenty-six essays and other writings, Huxley discusses the nature of God, enlightenment, being, good and...


Ignes Fatui

by Charles Thomas Taylor UPA (October 08, 2012)

In Ignes Fatui, Taylor examines various misapprehensions and misconceptions that interfere with clear rational thought. The primary objective of this book is to attempt to improve rational thought and thereby...


Dutiful Correspondent: Philosophical Essays on Thomas Jefferson

by M. Andrew Holowchak Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 26, 2012)

In a series of essays that examine Thomas Jefferson’s own writings, Holowchak investigates the always profound and often provocative ideas of this founding father. Dutiful Correspondent explores Thomas Jefferson...


Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand

by Andrew Bernstein Hamilton Books (September 12, 2008)

For the millions of readers who love Ayn Rand's novels and who seek to understand her revolutionary philosophy of Objectivism, there has not been available a simple and concise introduction to her thought. Objectivism...


Socrates in the City

by Eric Metaxas & the contributing authors Blackstone Publishing (October 13, 2011)

Following the extraordinary success of the New York Times bestseller Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas’ latest book offers inspirational and intellectually rigorous thoughts about the great questions surrounding us...


Why Businessmen Need Philosophy and Other Essays

by Ayn Rand, Various Authors, Leonard Peikoff & Harry Binswanger et al. Blackstone Publishing (December 03, 2008)

"Ideas are the greatest and most crucially practical power on earth," wrote Ayn Rand. In the title essay of this collection, Leonard Peikoff applies this principle to the world of business. He shows that certain...


Dead White Guys

by Matt Burriesci & Lloyd James Blackstone Publishing (May 12, 2015)

After his daughter was born prematurely in 2010, Matt Burriesci set out to write a book about thirty-two great books, from Plato to Karl Marx, and how their lessons have applied to his life. As someone who has...


Philosophy: Who Needs It

by Ayn Rand & Lloyd James Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Who needs philosophy? Ayn Rand’s answer: Everyone.

This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad...


Fallen Leaves

by Will Durant & Grover Gardner Blackstone Publishing (December 09, 2014)

The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize-winningauthor and historian Will Durant--discovered thirty-two years after his death--isa message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or...


This Is Water: The Original David Foster Wallace Recording

by David Foster Wallace Little, Brown & Company (May 01, 2010)

Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in This is Water...


How to Be a Stoic

by Massimo Pigliucci & Peter Coleman Basic Books (May 09, 2017)

In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life, a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish today

Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy,...


Reality and Humean Supervenience: Essays on the Philosophy of David Lewis

by Gerhard Preyer & Frank Siebelt Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 15, 2002)

Reality and Humean Supervenience confronts the reader with central aspects in the philosophy of David Lewis, whose work in ontology, metaphysics, logic, probability, philosophy of mind, and language articulates...


Heritage, Culture, and Politics in the Postcolony

by Daniel Herwitz Columbia University Press (September 25, 2012)

The act of remaking one’s history into a heritage, a conscientiously crafted narrative placed over the past, is a thriving industry in almost every postcolonial culture. This is surprising, given the tainted...


Worry and Mental Overwork

by Charles R. Richet, Joseph M. Granville & Robert F. Sharp Lm Publishers (October 14, 2019)

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....


Society and Solitude, Love and Friendship

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Lm Publishers (October 10, 2019)

Content :

- Society and Solitude

- Love

- Friendship

“We have known many fine geniuses with that imperfection that they cannot do anything useful, not so much as write one clean sentence: 'T is worse, and tragic,...


On the Distribution of Standard Time in the United States

by William F. Allen & Edward S. Holden Lm Publishers (October 10, 2019)

This book treats of the problem of the Distribution of Standard Time in the United States.

“For the ordinary purposes of life in a state of society which is not yet complex, a very simple system of recording...


Mythologic Philosophy

by John Wesley Powell Literature and Knowledge Publishing (October 10, 2019)

"There are two grand stages of philosophy the mythologic—and the scientific. In the first, all phenomena are explained by analogies derived from subjective human experiences; in the latter, phenomena are explained...


The Temptation to Exist

by E. M. Cioran & Richard Howard Arcade (February 01, 2013)

This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel,...


Philosophy of Recreation

by Benjamin W. Richardson & George J. Romanes Lm Publishers (November 26, 2018)

In all places of the civilized world, and in all classes, the struggle for existence is now more keen than ever it has been during the history. Everywhere men, and women, and children are living at a pressure...


Lasting Happiness and Well-Being

by H. George Adams Lm Publishers (October 12, 2018)

This book based on the works of great philosophers, deals with how to identify and develop the state of mind that leads on the path of lasting happiness and well-being. Here is an excerpt from this book:

We...


From Disability Theory to Practice

by Christopher A. Riddle, David Wasserman, Patricia Welch Saleeby & Somnath Chatterji et al. Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

From Disability Theory to Practice pays tribute to Professor Jerome Bickenbach’s highly influential and immensely important work. Professor Bickenbach is a scholar, policy-maker, and activist, of international...


Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine

by Thomas Paine Canterbury Classics (May 01, 2014)

The pen is mightier than the sword, and this pen helped bring about the American Revolution. 

Thomas Paine is one of history’s most renowned thinkers and was indispensible to both the American and French revolutions....