Readings Recommends: Philosophy
This volume collects about 100 black and white portraits of contemporary philosophers, photographed in Steve Pyke's distinctive style.
Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy
Philosophy starts with questions, but attempts at answers are just as important, and these answers require reasoned argument. Cutting through notoriously dense and verbose philosophical prose, this book sets 100 famous and...
The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World
By arguably Australia's greatest author, a succinct and intense meditation on what makes a happy life. At this unique moment in history when privileged, industrialized nations have diminished much of what makes people...
A Little History of Philosophy
For readers of E. H. Gombrich's A Little History of the World, an equally irresistible volume that brings history's greatest philosophers to life
Phenomenology of Perception: An Introduction
Long considered Merleau-Ponty's defining work, this is so important because it returned the body to the forefront of philosophy for the first time since Plato. Its is a crucial work in understanding how we perceive the world.
The Expanding Circle: Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress
What is ethics? Where do moral standards come from? Are they based on emotions, reason, or some innate sense of right and wrong? This title argues that altruism began as a genetically based drive to protect one's kin and community...
For Aristotle being hopeful was part of a well-lived life, a virtue. For Aquinas it was a fundamentally theological virtue and for Kant a basic moral motivation. Drawing on everyday examples as well as discussion of hope in the...
Who Am I And If So How Many A Philosophical Journey
Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, history and even pop culture, Richard Precht deftly elucidates the questions at the heart of human existence: What is truth? Does life have meaning? Why should I be good? and presents them in...
Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life’s Milestones
Drawing on philosophy, art, literature and psychology, this title explores the real meaning of the hoops we all have to jump through. In it, you may hear from Aristotle on starting school, learn from St Paul about falling in love,...
Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought
Presents a survey of continental thought through an historical account of its key texts. Focusing on how philosophical thought should respond to time, this title looks at the development of continental philosophy in both Europe...
The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Existence of the Soul
What do we mean when we speak about the soul? What are the arguments for the existence of the soul as distinct from the physical body? Do animals have souls? What is the difference between the mind and the soul? This book features...
30-Second Philosophies: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Philosophies, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Takes a revolutionary approach to getting a grip on the 50 most important and significant schools of philosophy. It will challenge a half century of great thinkers to explain the most significant theories of philosophical thought...
Madness: The Invention of an Idea
Examines the history of madness as a social and cultural construct, and moves outside of the psychoanalytic tradition into a radical critique of Freud. This book traces the intellectual evolution of Focault. It features a foreword...
Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century
Leading philosopher's guide to the ideas that will shape the 21st century.
A New History of Western Philosophy
Sir Anthony Kenny unfolds a magisterial new history of Western philosophy. Specially written for a broad popular readership, Kenny's lucid and stimulating history will become the definitive work for anyone interested in the people...
Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, Hume to House
What can South Park tell us about Socrates and the nature of evil? How does The Office help us to understand Sartre and existentialist ethics? And can Battlestar Galactica shed light on the existence of God? This title uses...
Mind Games: 31 Days to Rediscover Your Brain
This original and innovative book is an exploration of one of the key mysteries of the mind, the question of consciousness. Conducted through a one month course of both practical and entertaining 'thought experiments', these...
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