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Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions
Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions
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Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
by Michel Foucault
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When I was immersed in a sea of literary criticism a few years ago, Foucault, more than anyone else, caught my attention. Looking deeply at the roots of our behavior and our cultural attitudes, his examination of different kinds of power and control is... (read more)

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Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
by Jim Holt
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“Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?” remains the darkest and most enduring of all metaphysical mysteries. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose, and even Stephen Hawking, Jim Holt now enters this... (read more)

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Public Enemies: Dueling Writers Take on Each Other and the World
Public Enemies: Dueling Writers Take on Each Other and the World
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The international publishing sensation is now available in the United States—two brilliant, controversial authors confront each other and their enemies in an unforgettable exchange of letters.   In one corner, Bernard-Henri Lévy... (read more)

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The Nature of Consciousness
The Nature of Consciousness
by Mark Rowlands
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Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Issues of Our Time)
Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Issues of Our Time)
by Kwame Anthon Appiah
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Drawing on a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, and philosophy--as well as the author's own experience of life on three continents--? is a moral manifesto for a planet we share with more than six billion strangers.... (read more)

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The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (Penguin American Library)
The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (Penguin American Library)
by William James
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This collection defining documents from one of America's most influential thinkers presents Pragmatism in its entirety, James's seminal set of lectures in which he argues in his witty and limpid style for the "reasonableness of ordinary experience." Also... (read more)

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Lucretius: The Way Things Are
Lucretius: The Way Things Are
by Lucretius
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"... [captures] the relentless urgency of Lucretius' didacticism, his passionate conviction and proselytizing fervour.' --The Classical... (read more)

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The Portable Machiavelli
The Portable Machiavelli
by Niccolo Machiavelli
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In the four and a half centuries since Machiavelli’s death, no single and unanimously accepted interpretation of his ideas has succeeded in imposing itself upon the lively debate over the meaning of his works. Yet there has never been any doubt... (read more)

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What Is Called Thinking?
What Is Called Thinking?
by Martin Heidegger
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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) was born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He studied at the University of Freiburg and became a professor at the University of Marburg in 1932. After publishing his his magnum opus, Being and Time (1927), he returned... (read more)

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Saving the Appearances
Saving the Appearances
by Owen Barfield
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Saving the Appearances is about the world as we see it and the world as it is; it is about God, human nature, and consciousness. The best known of numerous books by the British sage whom C.S. Lewis called the wisest and best of my unofficial teachers, it... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #49: Hegel: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #49: Hegel: A Very Short Introduction
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Introduction to Positive Philosophy
Introduction to Positive Philosophy
by Auguste Comte
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Contents: Introduction Selected Bibliography Works by Comte in English Translation Works about Comte in English I. The Nature and Importance of the Positive Philosophy II. The Classification of the Positive Sciences Index... (read more)

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Basic Political Writings
Basic Political Writings
by Jean-jacques Rousseau
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This substantially revised new edition of Rousseau: The Basic Political Writings features a brilliant new Introduction by David Wootton, a revision by Donald A. Cress of his own 1987 translation of Rousseau's most important political writings, and the... (read more)

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Philosophy and Social Hope (99 Edition)
Philosophy and Social Hope (99 Edition)
by Richard Rorty
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Richard Rorty is a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University and the author of many books of philosophy, including Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature; Contingency, Irony and Solidarity; and Achieving Our Country... (read more)

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Crises of the Republic : Lying in Politics; Civil Disobedience; on Violence; Thoughts on Politics and Revolution (72 Edition)
Crises of the Republic : Lying in Politics; Civil Disobedience; on Violence; Thoughts on Politics and Revolution (72 Edition)
by Hannah Arendt
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Critique of Pure Reason (97 Edition)
Critique of Pure Reason (97 Edition)
by Immanuel Kant
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The Persian Letters (Penguin Classics)
The Persian Letters (Penguin Classics)
by Charles Montesquieu
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Charles-Louis de Secondat was born in 1689 at La Brède, near Bordeaux, into an eminent family of parlementaires. His mother died when he was ten and Charles-Louis was sent to Paris to be educated and completed a law degree in Bordeaux in 1708. He... (read more)

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The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life (Vintage)
The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life (Vintage)
by Bettany Hughes
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From the celebrated British author and historian: a brilliant new book combining historical inquiry and storytelling élan to paint an unprecedentedly vivid portrait of Socrates and the Golden Age of classical Athens.   We think the way we do... (read more)

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The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
by Robin Harvie
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So, what do you get an atheist for Christmas? This collection of smart, funny essays, of course—short works by 42 resolutely secular-minded geniuses about how to survive (and even enjoy) the holiday season…without feeling the Christmas... (read more)

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