Four people with radically different views meet on a train and talk about what they believe. Each starts off convinced that he or she is right; then doubts creep in. Timothy Williamson uses a fictional conversation to explore the philosophical debate over whether one point of view can be right and the other wrong. He invites the reader to decide.
This collection demonstrates how physical objects, materials, space and environments teach us, and redefines practice with theory (praxis) as a more-than-human network. The contributions illustrate how the materials, process, pedagogies and theories of Arts making question and disrupt the many forms of cultural dominance that exist in our society.
Presents a collection of Michel Foucault's articles, interviews and seminars. This work focuses primarily upon the philosophy, literature and other works of the imagination which have informed Foucault's particular engagement with ethics and power and includes Foucault's arresting commentaries on the work of de Sade, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzsche.
This book, built around a set of conversations with the author, aims to illuminate the lived reality of educational research. It explores the experience of research and asks what qualities are needed to face its challenges. Other books present lists of what to do and what not to do. Here, we find out what really happens - and why.
In the modern world, ideology has never before been so much in evidence as a fact and so little understood as a concept. This book unravels the many different meanings of ideology, and charts the history of the concept from the Enlightenment to postmodernism.
Contemporary philosophy of science has paid close attention to the understanding of scientific practice, in contrast to the previous focus on scientific method. This work shows the deficiencies of many widespread ideas about the nature of knowledge. It argues that the only feasible explanation of any scientific success is a historical account.
Explains how ancient philosophy saved the author's life, and how we can all use it to become happier, wiser and more resilient. This title also explores how ancient philosophy is inspiring modern communities - Socratic cafes, Stoic armies, Platonic sects, Sceptic summer camps - and even whole nations in their quest for the good life.
Takes you on a tour of the mind and explains the systems that drive the way we think and make choices. This title exposes the extraordinary capabilities-and also the faults and biases-of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behaviour.
Avoiding the technical jargon and complex logic associated with most books on philosophy, Law brings the thoughts of these great thinkers, from Confucius and Buddha to Wittgenstein and Sartre, to life.
Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the best known philosophers, whose work and ideas have proved influential to leading figures in all areas of cultural life. This book gives an account of Nietzsche's philosophy, his major works and ideas, providing a guide to the important and complex thought of this key philosopher.
Rene Descartes was the founding father of modern Western philosophy and a pivotal thinker in the history of this subject. Covering various concepts of his work, this book provides an introduction to the ideas of this philosopher. It explores his major "The Meditations on First Philosophy" and his basic methodology of philosophical questioning.
Presents an introduction to the historical context, key themes and debates in Utilitarianism. This book presents a survey of the modern debate about utilitarianism and goes on to evaluate utilitarianism in comparison with other theories, in particular virtue ethics and Kantianism.
A student's guide to the historical context, key thinkers and central themes of pragmatism, a concept central to American philosophy. It focuses on the ways in which pragmatists, both contemporary and historical, have attempted to address some of the most important problems in philosophy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction. Bibliography. A Note on the Text. 1. Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Intent (1784) 2. An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment? (1784) 3. Speculative Beginning of Human History (1786) 4. On the Proverb: That May Be True in Theory, but Is of No Practical Use (1793) 5. The End of All Things (1794) 6. To Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch (1795) Glossary of Some German-English Translations. Index.
A work in comparative literature and philosophy that offers a fresh and important way of thinking the ethical capacity of human subjectivity. It posits a universal ethics based neither on rational mental structures nor on moral principles, but on the extra-rational powers of the imagination.
Presents a critique of the increasing potential of science and technology to destroy the roots of culture and the value of the individual human being, from the perspective of Michel Henry's philosophy of life. This book develops a critique of capitalism, technology and education and provides insight into the political implications of Henry's work.
Lomax pays particular attention to the problematic concept of nobility, which concerned Nietzsche during his later years. This study provides a close textual analysis and a thoughtful reconceptualization ofBeyond Good and Evil.
This new textbook is a lively and highly accessible introduction to philosophy. From the fundamental issues of philosophical thought to the latest theories in the philosophy of mind, An Introduction to Philosophy provides clear and incisive discussion of the key areas of philosophy for students new to the subject.
Over the last decade, Axel Honneth has established himself as one of the leading social and political philosophers in the world today. Rooted in the tradition of critical theory, his writings have been central to the revitalization of critical theory and have become increasingly influential.
* Feyerabend was one of the most important philosophers of science of the second half of the 20th century. His most famous book, Against Method, was an international bestseller that sold hundreds of thousands of copies. * This book is based on one of the last texts he wrote, shortly before he died in 1994.
Part reminiscence, part meditation, Reveries of the Solitary Walker is Rousseau's last great work, the enduring testimony of an alienated person seeking self-knowledge. As he records his walks round Paris, he finds happiness in solitude and nature. The new translation includes an introduction and notes that explore the work and its contexts.
The Eudemian Ethics is a major treatise on moral philosophy whose central concern is what makes life worth living. This is the first time it has been published in its entirety in any modern language. Anthony Kenny's fine translation is accompanied by a lucid introduction and explanatory notes.
Provides a philosophical interpretation of a significant twentieth-century painter - Wassily Kandinsky. This work shows that Kandinsky separates colour and line from the constraints of visible form and, in so doing, conveys the invisible intensity of life - a force rooted in the corporeity and pathos of all living beings.
Soren Kierkegaard was one of the most important European philosophers of the nineteenth-century, the founder of existentialism whose work had a profound influence on some of the greatest minds of the last two centuries. This work offers an introduction to Kierkegaard, guiding the student through the key concepts of his work.
John Locke is widely regarded as one of the foundational thinkers of modern western society. His contributions to a huge range of philosophical debates are as important and influential now as they were in the seventeenth century. This title provides an accessible introduction to the ideas of this hugely significant thinker.
'In this entertaining, educative and gracefully written book, Julian Baggini explores the questions of the nature of the self and in what sense it persists through time ... This is one of the best, most readable and most stimulating introductions yet written about this intriguing topic' - AC Grayling
An introduction to the key empiricists of the 17th and 18th centuries. It focuses on the canonical figures of the empiricist movement, Locke, Berkeley and Hume, and also explores the contributions made by other key figures such as Bacon, Hobbes, Boyle and Newton.
G.W.F. Hegel is without doubt one of the most important and influential thinkers in the whole history of philosophy. Providing coverage of a range of Hegel's ideas, this book offers examinations of his key texts, including "The Phenomenology of Spirit" and "The Philosophy of Right".
From a young chef who suddenly lost her sense of smell, a fascinating personal exploration of this most nebulous of senses and the role it plays in how we eat, how we perceive the world, how we remember the past, and how we attract each other.
Time has always been the great Given, a fact of existence which cannot be denied or wished away; but the character of lived time is changing dramatically. This book offers a look at life's ineffable element, spanning fields from biology and culture to psychoanalysis and neuroscience.
Covering many key concepts of Heidegger's work, this title provides an introduction to the ideas that are embodied in his magnum opus, "Being and Time". Thematically structured, it encourages the reader to engage with Heidegger's thought, leading him or her to a more thorough understanding of the roots of his philosophical concerns.
Ludwig Wittgenstein was arguably the most important and influential philosopher of the twentieth century. Covering the key concepts of his work, this book provides an introduction to the ideas of this hugely significant thinker. It leads the reader through an overview of the development of Wittgenstein's thought.
Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped the Modern World profiles fifty landmark philosophers, scientists, political and social theorists as well as spiritual leaders whose ideas have defined the age we live in. It offers a crisp analysis of their key ideas, and in some cases a re-evaluation of their importance as we proceed into the 21st century.