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Beyond Good and Evil
Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
Friedrich Nietzsche - 2018-02-28 (first published in 1886)
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Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is translated from the German by R.J. Hollingdale with an introduction by Michael Tanner in Penguin Classics.Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age. The work dramatically rejects the tradition of Western thought with its notions of truth and God,...
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The Republic
Plato - 2012-03-01 (first published in 375)
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Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: what is goodness?; what is reality?; and what is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of...
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Marcus Aurelius - 2020-04-07 (first published in 180)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1946)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
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Letters from a Stoic
Lucius Annaeus Seneca - 1969-07-30 (first published in 1964)
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The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger (c.4 B.C. - A.D. 65) acquired as Nero's minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings, later supported by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge to Christianity. Seneca's...
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Tao Te Ching
Lao Tzu - 2020-04-28 (first published in 600)
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A lucid translation of the well-known Taoist classic by a leading scholar-now in a Shambhala Pocket Library edition. Written more than two thousand years ago, the Tao Teh Ching, or -The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue, - is one of the true classics of the world of spiritual literature. Traditionally attributed to the legendary -Old Master, - Lao ...
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Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant - 2008-01-29 (first published in 1781)
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'The purpose of this critique of pure speculative reason consists in the attempt to change the old procedure of metaphysics and to bring about a complete revolution' Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (1781) is the central text of modern philosophy. It presents a profound and challenging investigation into the nature of human reason, its knowledge and ...
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Sophie's World
A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics)
Jostein Gaarder - 2007-03-20 (first published in 1991)
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An alternative cover for this ISBN can be found hereOne day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her...
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The Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle - 2009-07-15 (first published in 340)
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'Happiness, then, is the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing in the world.'In the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle's guiding question is: what is the best thing for a human being? His answer is happiness, but he means, not something we feel, but rather a specially good kind of life. Happiness is made up of activities in which we use the best human c...
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A History of Western Philosophy
Bertrand Russell - 1967-10-30 (first published in 1945)
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Since its first publication in 1945 Lord Russell's A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject—unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace and wit. In seventy-six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of...
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The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Fragments by Heraclitus
Five Dialogues by Plato
Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Analects by Confucius
At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
The Symposium by Plato
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Confessions by Saint Augustine
The Essential Epicurus by Epicurus
A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume
The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne
The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus
A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Thomas Aquinas by Thomas Aquinas
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
What Does It All Mean? by Thomas Nagel
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
Justice by Michael J. Sandel
The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Discourses, Fragments, Handbook by Epictetus
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Metaphysics by Aristotle
The Last Days of Socrates by Plato
Ethics by Benedictus de Spinoza
Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
Three Philosophical Dialogues by Anselm
The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
Think by Simon Blackburn
A New History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
The Book by Alan Watts
The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 1 by Arthur Schopenhauer
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Art of Living by Epictetus
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson
Discipline & Punish by Michel Foucault
The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Nature and Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rome's Last Citizen by Rob Goodman
The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
Varieties of Meaning by Ruth Garrett Millikan
The Architecture of the Mind by Peter Carruthers
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
Simulacra and Simulation The Body, In Theory by Jean Baudrillard
Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett
Phenomenology of Spirit by G. W. F. Hegel
Supersizing the Mind by Andy Clark
A Materialist Theory of the Mind by D. M. Armstrong
Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
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