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  • A Brief History of Philosophy: From Socrates to Derrida By Derek Johnston ()
    A fun, concise and attractive introduction to a fascinating and challenging subject. This is the ideal book for teenagers and students coming to philosophy for the first time, or indeed for anyone who just doesn't know where to start. The book examines 18 key thinkers, from Socrates to Derrida, exploring their ideas in relation to each other and to their historical and cultural contexts. Derek Johnston uses clear and accessible language to present an engaging chronological picture of the key figures, events and ideas that have shaped the history of philosophy. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required to enjoy this incisive, reader-friendly introduction. This is the ideal book for general readers looking for a way into this fascinating but very often challenging subject.
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  • Africa Must Be Modern : The Modern Imperative in Contemporary Africa : A Manifesto By Olufemi Taiwo ()
    The book is described as “philosophical and thought provoking”, “an argument and analyses in a forthright and uncompromising manner, on what the author describes as Africa’s hostility towards modernity and how it affects economic development and social political transformation.”

    Olufemi Taiwo was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. He attended Ibadan Grammar School, Ibadan for his secondary education and the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, Nigeria where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. He later obtained graduate degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada.

    He has authored two other books – “Legal Naturalism: A Marxist Theory of Law” and “How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa”.

    He taught at the Obafemi Awolowo University until 1990. Presently, he is a Director of the Global Africa Studies Program and Professor of Philosophy and Global African Studies at Seattle University, Seattle, United States.

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  • An Introduction to Philosophy: The Perennial Principles of the Classical Realist Tradition View Larger Image 9780895554697 An Introduction to Philosophy: The Perennial Principles of the Classical Realist Tradition ()
    An Introduction to Philosophy is intended for the general reader as well as for the student. Its primary purpose is to present the elements of philosophy with simplicity and clarity in order to arouse that sense of wonder which Aristotle says is the beginning of the love of wisdom.
     This well-structured overview begins with an historical study of philosophy, tracing the evolution of philosophical problems from their simplest origins, and continues with an analysis of the more concrete problems about man himself. The more abstract problems of man and his relation to the world around him make up the final study of this book. Sullivan works in the great classical realist tradition of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and their modern-day inheritors, exposing the perennially valid and vital principles of philosophy and emphasizing the profound moral and social implications of these principles. He respects the distinction between natural and revealed wisdom, but does not hesitate to point out how the conclusions of philosophy are complemented by the truths of revelation. An Introduction to Philosophy clearly demonstrates that philosophy is a good deal more than a classroom exercise!
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  • Aristotle: A Guide for the Perplexed By John A. Vella ()
    Explores the historical, philosophical and political context in which Aristotle's theories evolved. This book offers an account of the work and thought of this thinker, providing an outline of his central ideas and the ways in which they have influenced the history of western philosophy.
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  • BASIC WRITINGS OF NIETZSCHE. ()
    One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche’s most important works, from his first book to his last: The Birth of Tragedy: Beyond Good and Evil; On the Genealogy of Morals; The Case of Wagner; and Ecce Homo. Edited and translated by the great Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann, this volume provides a definitive guide to the full range of Nietzsche’s thought.
    Included also are seventy-five aphorisms, selections from Nietzsche’s correspondence, and variants from drafts for Ecce Homo.
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  • Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well By Robert Arp ()
    Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well provides a concise and accessible introduction to logic and critical reasoning. Designed specifically to meet the needs of undergraduate students encountering philosophical logic and critical thinking for the first time, this comprehensive textbook covers all the themes and topics typically covered in an introductory course. Topics covered include: •the structure, formation, analysis and recognition of arguments •deductive validity and soundness •inductive strength and cogency•inference to the best explanation •truth tables •tools for argument assessment•informal and formal fallacies Designed for classroom use, the book features a host of student-friendly exercises, examples, study questions, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading. Ideal for undergraduate students in philosophy and beyond, it also includes full coverage of the reasoning problems typically found on graduate school entrance exams. Guiding students to all the skills and tools necessary for effective critical thinking, the text is supplemented throughout with real life examples that highlight the immense value of thinking critically.
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  • DISCUSSING THE DA VINCI CODE. ()
    First as a runaway bestselling novel and now as a blockbuster movie, The Da Vinci Code has captivated millions. Its allegations against historic Christianity are colourfully portrayed-but are they true, or merely inaccurate accounts of centuries-old myths and heresies?
    • Has the real historical record been suppressed?
    • Were eighty different gospels contending for the New Testament?
    • Was Mary Magdalene really directed to lead to church?
    • Does a secret society keep Jesus’ bloodline hidden?
    • Is the divinity of Jesus the fabrication of a fourth-century church council?
    • How accurate is the research behind these and other assertions presented in The Da Vinci Code?
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  • Doing Philosophy: A Practical Guide for Students By Clare Saunders ()
    Doing Philosophy provides a practical guide to studying philosophy for students. The book offers guidance on:• Reading and analyzing philosophical texts

    • Preparing for and participating in seminars

    • Choosing essay topics

    • Constructing arguments and avoiding plagiarism

    • Using libraries, the internet and other resources

    • Technical terms, forms of expression and logical notation
    Doing Philosophy outlines the difficulties and challenges faced by students and the exciting scope of the subject as a consequence. The book uses examples of philosophical texts from a wide range of authors to explore strategies that enable the student to develop critical reading skills. The book also offers advice on taking notes, analyzing arguments, using resources effectively, and writing philosophical essays. Concise and accessible, this book equips the student with the tools needed to succeed at undergraduate level, presenting a variety of practical strategies for tackling tasks that a first-year student will inevitably encounter.
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  • Freud: A Guide for the Perplexed ()
    It is widely acknowledged that Freud was one of the most influential and groundbreaking theorists of the twentieth century. His theories permeate almost every aspect of modern-day life: literature, philosophy, science, politics, art, religion and culture. Yet his thought and writings are notoriously difficult for students to grasp. Freud: A Guide for the Perplexed is a clear and thorough account of Freud's thought, providing an ideal guide to the important and complex ideas of this key thinker. The book introduces some of the key Freudian concepts and themes and examines the ways in which they intersect with issues in philosophy and literary theory. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of Freud's thought, the guide also provides a cogent and reliable way into some of the most important debates surrounding certain psychoanalytic concepts and their application outside the clinical domain. It discusses, for example, Freud's ideas on the comic in relation to his views on religion. This is the ideal companion to the study of this most influential and challenging of theorists.
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  • HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY By Dario Composta. ()
    The history of ancient Western philosophy includes a geographic area stretching roughly from the Persian Gulf to the Atlantic and from North Africa to the Alps. The temporal extension embraces more than a millennium,from the seventh century before Christ until 529 A.D., when Emperor Justinian decreed the closing of the Neo-Platonic school of Athens.

    This philosophy was not born in Greece, but in the earthen colonies of Ionia or Anatolia; later it developed in the eastern colonies of Magna Graecia in southern Italy. Only later in Athens did this philosophy find a terrain for its extraordinary development; and in this period it exercised a decisive influence not only on the ancients, but also on Christian and Islamic philosophy. The duration of this philosophy and its expansion as far as India in the seventh through twelfth centuries made it a universal philosophy. This universality is even more evident today if we consider the fact that modern European philosophy, the descendant of its ancient European counterpart tends to place itself above regional philosophies, even the illustrious and ancient ones of India and China.
    Therefore, the names “Western philosophy” or “Greek” or “Mediterranean philosophy” are equivalent but improper expressions with a variety of meanings. It is necessary to approach this philosophy by outlining: (1)  the sources, or the documents allowing us to establish its origins and development; (2) the cultural causes which provoked the beginnings of philosophical reflection; and (3) the historical periods, or the partitioning of periods throughout its history. Indeed, the historical design of ancient Western philosophy is rather an overturned painting where a certain thread or unitary movement is visible with various colourations..
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  • Hooked on Philosophy: Thomas Aquinas Made Easy By Robert A. O'Donnell ()
    Father O'Donnell invites readers to the often daunting, but highly rewarding search for truth by introducing them to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas with the promise that such an effort will produce a kind of "addicting euphoria.
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  • Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind By Pete Mandik ()
    This is a concise, accessible, easy-to-navigate introduction to the key terms, concepts, thinkers and texts in philosophy of mind. "Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind" offers an introduction to a central topic in philosophy. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the key terms, concepts, thinkers and major works in the history of this key area of philosophical thought. Ideal for first-year students coming to the subject for the first time, "Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind" will serve as the ideal companion to the study of this fascinating subject. Pete Mandik provides detailed summaries of all the key concepts in the study of philosophy and the mind. An introductory chapter provides context and background, while the following chapters offer detailed definitions of key terms and concepts, introductions to the work of key thinkers, summaries of key texts and advice on further reading. Designed specifically to meet the needs of students and assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, this is the ideal reference tool for those coming to philosophy of mind for the first time."The Key Terms" series offers undergraduate students clear, concise and accessible introductions to core topics. Each book includes a comprehensive overview of the key terms, concepts, thinkers and texts in the area covered and ends with a guide to further resources.
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  • Key Terms in Philosophy of Religion By Raymond J VanArragon ()
    This is a comprehensive and easy to navigate reference guide to the key terms, concepts, thinkers and major works in the philosophy of religion. "Key Terms in Philosophy of Religion" offers a clear, concise and accessible introduction to a central topic in philosophy. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the key terms, concepts, thinkers and major works in the history of this key area of philosophical thought. Ideal for first-year students coming to the subject for the first time, "Key Terms in Philosophy of Religion" will serve as the ideal companion to study of this fascinating subject. Raymond J. VanArragon provides detailed summaries of all the key concepts in the study of philosophy of religion. There is an introductory chapter that provides context and background, while the following chapters offer detailed definitions of key terms and concepts, introductions to the work of key thinkers, summaries of key texts and advice on further reading. Designed specifically to meet the needs of students and assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, this is the ideal reference tool for those coming to philosophy of religion for the first time. "The Key Terms" series offers undergraduate students clear, concise and accessible introductions to core topics. Each book includes a comprehensive overview of the key terms, concepts, thinkers and texts in the area covered and ends with a guide to further resources.
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  • Logic: Key Concepts in Philosophy By Laurence Goldstein ()
    Key Concepts in Philosophy is a series of concise, accessible and engaging introductions to the core ideas and subjects encountered in the study of philosophy. Specially written to meet the needs of students and those with an interest in, but little prior knowledge of, philosophy, the books open up fascinating, yet sometimes difficult ideas. The series builds to give a solid grounding in philosophy and each book is also ideal as a companion to further study. An understanding of logic is fundamental to the study of philosophy. This stimulating and thorough guidebook offers clear explanation and exploration of the central issues and questions addressed when studying logic. The topics covered include: Reason and unreason; Proving a point; Entailment; Truth; The logic of components of speech and language. This is an invaluable resource for those studying logic for the first time, this text provides a sound grasp of a fascinating, but often complex - and even daunting - component of philosophy
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  • Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy Via Plato's Apology By Peter Kreeft ()
    The popular author and Boston College philosophy professor, Kreeft, presents this introduction to philosophy to help beginners not only to understand philosophy but to fall in love with it. In his forty years of teaching philosophy, Kreeft says the most effective way to accomplish this purpose is to read Socrates.Philosophy means "the love of wisdom." Kreeft uses the dialogues of Socrates in this book to help the reader grow in that love of wisdom. He says that no master of the art of philosophizing has ever been more simple, clear, and accessible to beginners as Socrates. He focuses on Plato's dialogues, the Apology of Socrates, as a model partner for the reader to dialogue with. Kreeft calls it "the Magna Carta of philosophy," a timeless classic that is "a portable classroom
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  • Philosophy Made Simple By Richard H. Popkin ()
    For almost four decades, Made Simple books have set the standard for continuing education and home study. In answer to the changing needsof today's marketplace, the Made Simple series for the '90s presents a thoroughly up-to-the-minute portfolio of skills, information, and experience, with revised and updated editions of bestselling titles, plus a whole range of new subjects from personal finance to office management to desktop publishing.
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  • Plato's 'Republic'. A Reader's Guide By Luke Purshouse ()
    Plato's Republic is arguably the most famous and influential work of philosophy ever written. It is certainly among the most widely read and studied, a staple of undergraduate courses that continues to inspire and inform contemporary debates in political philosophy. As such, it is a hugely important and exciting, yet challenging, piece of philosophical writing.
    In Plato's 'Republic': A Reader's Guide, Luke Purshouse offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. The book  sets Plato's work in context, introduces the major themes and provides a detailed discussion of the key sections and passages of the text. Purshouse goes on explore some of the areas of thought that the Republic has impacted upon and provides useful information on further reading. This is the ideal companion to study of this most influential and challenging of texts.
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  • Plato: A Guide for the Perplexed ()
    It is widely agreed that Plato laid the foundations for the whole history of western thought and, well over 2000 years later, his work is still studied by every student of philosophy. Yet his thought and writings continue to evoke perplexity in readers; and perplexity (aporia)
    is itself a characteristic of many of his writings,  a recurrent motif of his thought, and apparently an important stage one must pass through along the path to wisdom that Plato presents. Plato: A Guide for the Perplexed is a clear and thorough account of Plato's philosophy, his major works and ideas, providing an ideal guide to the important and complex thought of this key philosopher. The book offers a detailed review of all the major dialogues and explores the particular perplexities of the dialogue form. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of Plato's thought, the book also provides a cogent and reliable survey of the whole history of Platonic interpretation and his far-reaching influence. This is the ideal companion to the study of this most influential and challenging of philosophers.
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  • PLATO: THE REPUBLIC. ()
    “Must we not acknowledge………that in each of us there are the same principles and habits which there are in the State; and that from the individual they pass into the State?”

    What does it mean to be good? What enables us to distinguish right from wrong? And how should human virtues be translated into a just society? These are questions that Plato sought to answer in this monumental work of moral and political philosophy, a book surpassed only by the Bible in its formative influence on two thousand years of Western thought.

    In the course of its tautly reasoned Socratic dialogues, The Republic accomplishes nothing less than an anatomy of the soul and an exhaustive description of a State that both mirrors and enforces the soul’s ideal harmony. The resulting text is at once mystical and elegantly logical and may be read as a template for the societies in which most of us live today.
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  • SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Edited By John Somerviller. ()
    An anthology of basic statement by the most influential social and political philosophers of Western civilization. The book contains selections from the following:

        Plato: The Republic, The Crito
        Aristotle: Politics
        Niccolo Machiaveli: The Prince, Discourses
        Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
        John Locke: The Second Treatise on Civil Government
        Jean Jacques Rousseau: The Social Contract
        Thomas Jefferson: The Declaration of Independence, An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, Letters.
        Henry David Thoreau: Civil Disobedience
        John Stuart Mill: On Liberty
        Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Manifesto of the Communist Party, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy.
        V.I. Lenin: State and Revolution
        Benito Mussolini: The Doctrine of Fascism
        Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf
        John Dewey: Reconstruction in Philosophy, Ethics.
        M.K. Gandhi: Non Violent Resistance.
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  • Stock Image Kant: A Guide for the Perplexed ()
    Continuum's "Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to fathom, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material. Immanuel Kant's influence and importance are difficult to exaggerate, his Three "Critiques" - "of Pure Reason", "of Practical Reason" and "of Judgment" - standing as landmark works in the Western philosophical canon. Anyone interested in or studying philosophy will encounter Kant and hope to reach a detailed understanding of his work. Nevertheless, Kant is far from being an easy or straightforward subject for study. The ideas entailed in his work - and the connections between them - are complex, and the language in which they are expressed is frequently opaque. "Kant: A Guide for the Perplexed" is the ideal text for anyone finding it difficult to make headway with this key philosopher. It offers a detailed account of each of the three Critiques and the relationship between them. In so doing, it ranges over Kant's epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics and philosophy of religion, and explores his legacy for German Idealism. Valuably, the book provides a way through Kant's often impenetrable prose. Written with students in mind, and tailored to meet their specific needs, this is a reliable, authoritative and illuminating guide to one of the central pillars of modern philosophy.
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  • THE ESSENTIAL WRITINGS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON. ()
    The definitive collection of Emerson’s major speeches, essays, and poetry. The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life’s work of a true “American Scholars”.
    As one of the architects of the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced a philosophy that championed the individual,emphasized independent thought, and prized “the splendid labyrinth of one’s own perceptions”. More than any writer of his time, he forged a style distinct from his European predecessors and embodied and defined what it meant to be an American. Matthew Arnold called Emerson's Essays “the most important work done in prose.”
    Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award,

        “I was simmering, simmering, simmering, Emerson brought me to a boil.”
                                                              - WALT WHITMAN
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  • THE PHILOSOPHER'S HANDBOOK, ESSENTIAL READINGS FROM PLATO TO KANT. A USER’S GUIDE TO WESTERN PHILOSOPHY ()
    Have you ever asked, “WHO AM I?”, “WHAT IS HAPPINESS?”, or “WHAT IS ART?” Although most people ask philosophical questions, few of us really understand philosophy. The Philosophy’s Handbook is an introduction to Western philosophy through the words of its most enlightened minds. What did Nietzsche say about art? What did Leibniz decide about justice? What did Descartes think about God? Expert editors have collected excerpts from the most important writings of Western philosophers and provided insightful introductions to their lives and ideas.
    The Philosopher’s Handbook includes readings from:
    ADORNO, ARISTOTLE, AUGUSTINE, AYALA, DESCARTES, DEWEY, FEYERBRAND, HEGEL, HOBBES, HUSSERL, HUME, KANT, KIERKEGAARD, KUHN, LEIBNIZ, LOCKE, MACHIAVELLI, NIETZCHE, PASCAL, PLATO, POINCARE, ROUSSEAU, SCHILLER, SIMPSON, WITTGENSTEN.
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  • BASIC TEACHINGS OF THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS By S. E. Frost, Jr. ()
    A complete summary of the views of the most important philosophers since the beginning of Western civilization. Each major field of philosophical inquiry is treated in a separate chapter, so that each chapter can be read as a complete unit, without reference to the others.

    Contents:

    • The Nature of the Universe.
    • Man’s Place in the Universe.
    • What Is Good and What Is Evil?.
    • The Nature of God.
    • Fate Versus Free Will.
    • The Soul and Immortality.
    • Man and the State.
    • Man and Education.
    • Mind and Matter.
    • Ideas and Thinking.
    • Some Recent Approaches to Philosophy.
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  • The Book of Dead Philosophers By Simon Critchley ()
    “To philosophize is to learn how to die.” —Cicero; assassinated by order of Mark Antony

    “One who no longer is cannot suffer.” —Lucretius; suicide, allegedly driven mad by a love potion

    “Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” —Hobbes; died in bed, age 91

    In this collection of brief lives (and deaths) of nearly two hundred of the world's greatest thinkers, noted philosopher Simon Critchley creates a register of mortality that is tragic, amusing, absurd, and exemplary. From the self-mocking haikus of Zen masters on their deathbeds to the last words of Christian saints and modern-day sages, this irresistible book contains much to inspire both amusement and reflection.

    Informed by Critchley's acute insight, scholarly intelligence, and sprightly wit, each entry tells its own tale, but collected together they add up to a profound and moving investigation of meaning and the possibility of happiness for us all.

    "A primer on just about every notable philosophical figure in history, this book challenges readers to learn from the philosophers' conduct in life and the circumstances of their deaths."
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  • THE EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHERS FROM DESCARTES TO NIETZSCHE. ()
    Includes selections from the writings of twelve European philosophers: Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Leibniz, Rousseau, Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Comte, Mach, and Nietzsche.

    “Between the earliest and the latest of the works included here, we have two hundred and fifty years of vigorous and adventurous philosophizing,”
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