Is western civilisation based on a mistaken understanding of humanity? Fundamental to any society is its comprehension of human nature. It shapes attitudes and policies on a whole range of issues: interpersonal relations, child-rearing, discipline and punishment, economics and welfare. This book deals with this topic.
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.
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.
Though the "Revised Edition of A Theory of Justice", published in 1999, is the definitive statement of Rawls's view, so much of the extensive literature on Rawls's theory refers to the first edition. This reissue makes the first edition once again available for scholars and serious students of Rawls's work.
Features 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction', 'The Task of the Translator' and 'Theses on the Philosophy of History', as well as essays on Kafka, storytelling, Baudelaire, Brecht's epic theatre, and Proust.
'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
John Stuart Mill is best known for his moral and political writings, and is a central figure in political philosophy. This book offers an account of Mill's thought, his major works, and the common ideas that permeate them. It introduces the key concepts and themes in Mill's social, political and moral thought.
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.
John Stuart Mill was one of the most important and influential British philosophers. Offering coverage of a range of Mill's ideas, this book explores his contributions to metaphysics and epistemology, logic, psychology, political economy, ethics, utilitarianism, and liberalism.
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".
Presents an introduction to Nietzsche, guiding the student through the key concepts of his work by examining the overall development of his ideas. Covering the key concepts of Nietzsche's work, this book provides an introduction to the development of and motivation behind the ideas that are embodied in his key works.
The Introducing series is renowned throughout the world for its ingenious combination of graphic illustration and intelligent, precise text by leading academics on some of the most challenging subjects around. This is an examination of one of the most famous philosophers of the 20th century.
Introducing Rousseau presents a maverick thinker whose Enlightenment ideas revolutionized our understanding of childhood, education, government and language forever.Did Rousseau inspire the French Revolution? Can we trace Romanticism, psychoanalysis and Existentialism back to him? This great introduction charts Rousseau's turbulent life of lost innocence, persecution and paranoia.
'Machiavellian' is a popular byword for treachery and opportunism. This book traces the colourful life of this paradoxical realist whose clear-sighted patriotism made him the first truly modern political scientist. It brings the creative turbulence of Renaissance Italy to life.
A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest.
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.