This title was Foucault's only work on literature. Here he explores theory, criticism and psychology through the texts of Roussel, one of the fathers of experimental writing, whose work has been celebrated by the likes of Cocteau, Duchamp, Brenton, Grillet, Gide and Giacometti.
This is a personal view of philosophy from a renowned critic and thinker. In it, Roger Scruton focuses on the ideas and arguments which have attracted him to the subject and which have engaged his attention. He attempts to show how philosophy is relevant not just to intellectual questions, but to life in the modern world.
An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge guides the reader through the key issues and debates in contemporary epistemology. Lucid, comprehensive and accessible, it is an ideal textbook for students who are new to the subject and for university undergraduates. The book is divided into five parts.
Enables you to turn to the term in question for a description of its history, meaning and context. This work includes hundreds of entries, alphabetically arranged, with key words and concepts highlighted and cross-referenced. It features a special emphasis on multicultural influences and the long-neglected impact of women on the history of ideas.
The author offers a philosophical history of the human voice, noting how many leading thinkers of the age, particularly Freud, have viewed the voice as an outward expression of the soul, believing that careful listening to a voice, would lay bare the innermost fears and desires of its owner.
Defends the experience of the sacred against fashionable forms of atheism. This book argues that our personal relationships, moral intuitions, and aesthetic judgments hint at a transcendent dimension that cannot be understood through the lens of science alone.
This text outlines the construction of the "subject" in modern philosophy, focusing in particular on the seminal work of Althusser, Lacan, Derrida and Foucault. It is argued that the question of the "subject" persists, even in those perspectives which seek to abandon it altogether.
At the age of thirty-seven, Michel de Montaigne gave up his job as a magistrate and retired to his chateau to brood on his own private grief. This title offers a celebration of one of the most joyful and yet profound of all Renaissance writers whose work went on to have a huge impact on Shakespeare.
What is morality? How does moral theory help us deal with ethical issues in the world around us? This title covers topics such as: life and death issues such as abortion and global poverty; the meaning of life Major moral theories such as Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics and Virtue Ethics; and, critiques of morality from Marx and Nietzsche.
This critical examination of Husserl's philosophy introduces those who work in the broadly "analytic" tradition to his arguments and ideas. It traces their origin and the way they developed from the earliest writings on logic to the last works on culture and the "Lebenswelt".
From Plato to Kierkegaard, this is one of the first books to bring philosophical insight to the debate on how far the internet can take us. Essential reading for all those on line, or interested in our place in the e-revolution.
These works by Warburton introduce philosophy through history and its key writings. Without assuming any previous knowledge of philosophy, this is a clear and concise introduction to important features such as Plato's "Republic".
Provides an introduction and assessment of twenty-seven philosophical classics, from Plato's "Republic" to Rawls' "A Theory of Justice". This book covers all the A Level set texts, including chapters on Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil", Russell's "The Problems of Philosophy" and Sartre's "Existentialism and Humanism".
What does it mean if a mind can exist unharmed within a deeply damaged brain?Through cutting edge research and case studies that are poignant, tragic and uplifting, Dr Owen maps this inner universe of the self, showing us what it means to be alive and human.
To help readers better appreciate Art of War, Lynch provides an insightful introduction and a substantial interpretive essay discussing the military, political, and philosophical aspects of the work, in addition to maps, an index of names, and a glossary.
A revised edition of the best-selling dictionary of philosophy, now with recommended web links. Contains over 3,000 entries, including biographies of nearly 500 philosophers. A wide-ranging and authoritative source of reference for students, teachers and an excellent introduction to philosophy for the general reader.
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Sun Tzu's ideas on survival and success have been read across the world for centuries. Today they can still be applied to business, politics and life. The Art of War demonstrates how to win without conflict.
'What is a self, and how can a self come out of inaminate matter?' This book examines this riddle. Linking together the music of J S Bach, the graphic art of Escher and the mathematical theorems of Godel, as well as ideas drawn from logic, biology, psychology, physics and linguistics, it reveals the mysteries of human thought processes.
Claude Levi-Strauss has had a huge impact on the course of contemporary anthropology. This work gives an overview of the themes that have marked structural anthropology. It takes a look at how structuralism developed. It addresses the relevance of structuralism to contemporary anthropology and its deficiencies as a tool for understanding culture.
During a 3-year 8-nation journey, Michael Ignatieff found that while human rights is the language of states and liberal elites, the moral language that resonates with most people is that of everyday virtues: tolerance, forgiveness, trust, and resilience. These ordinary virtues are the moral system of global cities and obscure shantytowns alike.
Is global emancipation a lost cause? Are universal values outdated relics of an earlier age? This work takes on the reigning ideology with a plea that we should reappropriate several lost causes, and looks for the kernel of truth in the totalitarian politics of the past.
If life is meaningless as Sartre suggests, what is the point of being born? What does Freud have to say about losing one's virginity or Nietzsche about having a mid-life crisis? Drawing on philosophy, art, literature and psychology, this book explores the real meaning of the hoops we all have to jump through.
Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide is an introduction to the philosophy of mind. Specifically aimed at students with no background knowledge of the subject, Ravenscroft brings together the basic concepts and major theories of the subject.
In this dialogue Plato shows the pretensions of the leading sophist, Protagoras, challenged by the critical arguments of Socrates. The dialogue broadens out to consider the nature of the good life and the role of intellect and pleasure.
A complete textbook for a course in critical thinking or informal logic. It contains the entire text of the fourth edition of the "Rulebook". It also includes homework exercises adapted from a wide range of actual arguments from newspapers, philosophical texts, literature, movies, YouTube videos, and other sources.
Are our lives meaningless? Is death bad? Would immortality be better? Alternatively, should we hasten our deaths by acts of suicide? Many people are tempted to offer comforting optimistic answers to these big questions. The Human Predicament offers a less sanguine assessment, and defends a substantial, but not unmitigated, pessimism.
3AM magazine follows up their 2014 publication Philosophy at 3AM: Questions and Answers with a new collection interviews, this time focused on ethics. Interviewer Richard Marhsall presents 26 interviews, balanced both in terms of specialty, gender, and seniority, so that the result is a balanced and engaging portrait of the state of the art in ethics today.
In this accessible yet throught-provoking work, Lisa Tessman takes us through gripping examples of the impossible demands of morality - some epic, and others quotidian - whose central predicament is: How do we make decisions when morality demands we do something that we cannot?
What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? The author tracks historical ideas of friendship, gathers a diversity of friendship stories from the annals of myth and literature, and provides unexpected insights into our friends, ourselves, and the role of friendships in an ethical life.
A collection of the lectures on moral philosophy given by John Rawls over three decades of teaching at Harvard. This book looks at thinkers such as Leibniz, Hume and Kant, in their struggle to define the role of a moral conception in human life.