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How To Live (11 Edition)
How To Live (11 Edition)
by Sarah Bakewell
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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a... (read more)

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Erasmus, Man of Letters: The Construction of Charisma in Print
Erasmus, Man of Letters: The Construction of Charisma in Print
by Lisa Jardine
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The name Erasmus of Rotterdam conjures up a golden age of scholarly integrity and the disinterested pursuit of knowledge, when learning could command public admiration without the need for authorial self-promotion. Lisa Jardine, however, shows that... (read more)

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The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
by Joseph Campbell
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Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of the twentieth century, was certainly one of our greatest storytellers. This masterfully crafted book interweaves conversations between Campbell and some of the people he inspired, including poet... (read more)

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Ludwig Wittgenstein : the Duty of Genius (90 Edition)
Ludwig Wittgenstein : the Duty of Genius (90 Edition)
by Ray Monk
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"Great philosophical biographies can be counted on one hand. Monk's life of Wittgenstein is such a one."—The Christian Science Monitor.... (read more)

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Leon Trotsky (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)
Leon Trotsky (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)
by Charles Le Blanc
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There are few more divisive names in history than the Soviet communist Leon Trotsky. To some, he was a betrayer, a hypocrite, and a totalitarian, and yet to many others he was a revolutionary of high esteem, who battled an outdated, oppressive dynasty... (read more)

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Karl Marx: Nineteenth-century Life (13 Edition)
Karl Marx: Nineteenth-century Life (13 Edition)
by Jonathan Sperber
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In this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, "likely to be definitive for many years to come" (John Gray, ), historian Jonathan Sperber creates a meticulously researched and multilayered portrait of both the man and the revolutionary times in which he... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #27: Socrates: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #27: Socrates: A Very Short Introduction
by Christopher Taylor
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C.C.W. Taylor is Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.... (read more)

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The View Beyond: Sir Francis Bacon: Alchemy, Science, Mystery (View)
The View Beyond: Sir Francis Bacon: Alchemy, Science, Mystery (View)
by Dave Patrick
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commemorating Sir Francis Bacon's 450th birth anniversary, the 20 and more contributors to THE VIEW BEYOND see a connection between Bacon's attempt to write the master plan of science, his esoteric interests, his supposed connection with Rosicrucianism... (read more)

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William James Remembered
William James Remembered
by Linda Simon
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"This is a fascinating gathering of essays on one of the great and influential figures in the history of American thought."—Virginia Quarterly Review Virginia Quarterly... (read more)

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Sex and Philosophy: Rethinking de Beauvoir and Sartre
Sex and Philosophy: Rethinking de Beauvoir and Sartre
by Edward Fullbrook
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Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher (Hoover Inst Press Publication)
Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher (Hoover Inst Press Publication)
by Tom Bethell
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Eric Hoffer was unknown in the American literary and philosophical scene in 1951 when he published his first book, The True Believer. Almost overnight, the San Francisco dockworker became a public figure, helped by a 1956 profile in Look magazine that... (read more)

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Lives of Eminent Philosophers Volume 1 L184
Lives of Eminent Philosophers Volume 1 L184
by Diogenes Laertius/hi
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Diogenes Laertius (probably early third century BCE) compiled his compendium on the lives and doctrines of the ancient philosophers from hundreds of sources. It ranges over three centuries, from Thales to Epicurus, portraying forty-five important figures,... (read more)

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The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes
The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes
by Steven Nadler
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"The famous painting of Descartes by Frans Hals that hangs in the Louvre is, in fact, not by Frans Hals. And a similar things-are-not-what-they-seem quality applies to this clever little book. For behind the telling of the story of a clutch of paintings... (read more)

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William James : in the Maelstrom of American Modernism (07 Edition)
William James : in the Maelstrom of American Modernism (07 Edition)
by Robert D. Richardson
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and#147;A magnificent biography, written with ease and panache . . . and suffused with a well-judged admiration for its subject.and#8221;and#151;Michael Dirda The Washington Post and#147;With this book, Richardson establishes himself as the Dean of... (read more)

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Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero
Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero
by James Romm
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From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne a  high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale. At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s... (read more)

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Confucius: Collection of Critical Biographies of Chinese Thinkers
Confucius: Collection of Critical Biographies of Chinese Thinkers
by Zhou Qun
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Throughout history, the thinking of Western Europe and America has often dominated scholarly conversation, even on objects of study outside of those cultures. Thus Western academic inquiry into Chinese philosophy, for example, from Confucius and Laozi to... (read more)

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Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right
Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right
by Jennifer Burns
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Worshipped by her fans, denounced by her enemies, and forever shadowed by controversy and scandal, the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand was a powerful thinker whose views on government and markets shaped the conservative movement from its earliest days.... (read more)

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Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame
Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame
by Kenneth M. Sayre
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Adventures in Philosophy at Notre Dame recounts the fascinating history of the University of Notre Dame's Department of Philosophy, chronicling the challenges, difficulties, and tensions that accompanied its transition from an obscure outpost of... (read more)

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The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca
The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca
by Emily Wilson
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By any measure, Seneca (?4-65AD) is one of the most significant figures in both Roman literature and ancient philosophy. His writings are voluminous and diverse, ranging from satire to disturbing, violent tragedies, from metaphysical theory to moral and... (read more)

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Jacques Derrida (Religion & Postmodernism)
Jacques Derrida (Religion & Postmodernism)
by Geoffrey Bennington
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Jacques Derrida (1930and#8211;2004) was director of studies at the and#201;cole des hautes and#233;tudes en sciences sociales, Paris, and professor of humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of many books published by the... (read more)

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