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This Book Will Make You Think: Philosophical Quotes And What They Mean

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We may have heard of Socrates, Plato, Descartes, and Nietzsche, but what did they believe? What were their famous aphorisms? This book explains as simply as possible the ideas behind the world's most highly regarded philosophers, examining their…
Critical Thinking: Step by Step
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|April 23, 1998

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This book is a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking skills and the philosophical and factual bases of critical thinking. Contents: ^I ANALYSIS OF REASONING. Short Simple Reasoning; Longer More Complex Discourse. EVALUATION OF REASONING. Basic Concepts…
The Present Alone is Our Happiness: Conversations with Jeannie Carlier and Arnold I. Davidson

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In this book of brilliantly erudite and precise discussions, Pierre Hadot explains that for the Ancients philosophy was not reducible to the building of a theoretical system: it was above all a choice about how to live one's life. One of the most influential…
Freedom of the Individual
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|March 8, 2015

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Stuart Hampshire's essay on human freedom offers an important analysis of concepts surrounding the central idea of intentional action. The author contrasts the powers of animals and of inanimate things; examines the relation between power and action; and…
Ancient Philosophy
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|May 20, 2016

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Before Socrates, philosophers sought explanations for naturally-occurring phenomena from earthquakes and eclipses to the existence of the entire cosmos. But the Socratic era saw a great shift towards questions much closer to the human experience. Philosophers…
The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism From A To Z
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|January 1, 1988

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A prolific writer, bestselling novelist, and world-renowned philosopher, Ayn Rand defined a full system of thought--from epistemology to aesthetics. Her writing is so extensive and the range of issues she covers so enormous that those interested in finding her…
Speak to Me of Insanities
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|November 15, 2016

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Life is often a series of contradictions. On the one hand, our subjective experience of the world seems to indicate that we have choice over our actions. Yet on the other, the physical laws of the universe can be read such that, in a real sense, everything is…
Jacques Lacan: A Critical Introduction
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|December 15, 2015

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French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan has been a major influence on a wide range of twentieth-century thought, even as the breadth, complexity, and obscurity of his work has intimidated students and deterred casual readers. That situation hasn’t been…
Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit
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|March 9, 2009

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Pessimism claims an impressive following--from Rousseau, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, to Freud, Camus, and Foucault. Yet "pessimist" remains a term of abuse--an accusation of a bad attitude--or the diagnosis of an unhappy psychological state. Pessimism is thought…
Camera Obscura: Of Ideology
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|August 12, 1999

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Marx, Freud, Nietzsche—in vastly different ways all three employed the metaphor of the camera obscura in their work. In this classic book—at last available in an English translation—the distinguished French philosopher Sarah Kofman offers an…
The Ursula Franklin Reader: Pacifism as a Map
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|October 15, 2006

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Feminist, educator, Quaker, and physicist, Ursula Franklin has long been considered one of Canada's foremost advocates and practitioners of pacifism. The Ursula Franklin Reader: Pacifism as a Map is a comprehensive collection of her work, and demonstrates…
Journey to Yuwmah: Ancient Wisdom for a Brighter World
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|May 28, 2017

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