Providing ancient and modern-day examples to illustrate Stoic principles, this book guides readers through the themes and ideas of Stoic thought. It presents Stoicism as an ethically viable way of life through rejecting their notion of ethical perfectionism in favour of a type of ethical progressivism consistent with other Stoic principles.
Thomas Hobbes, the first great English political philosopher, has had the reputation of being a pessimistic atheist. This study evaluates Hobbes's philosophy, describing him to have been passionately concerned with the refutation of scepticism, and to have developed a theory of knowledge, which rivalled that of Descartes in its importance.
Presents an exchange between a writer with a longstanding interest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with a training in literary studies. In this book, they consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a concern with stories.
Covering Erich Fromm's entire life, this biography traces his traditional Jewish upbringing, the years associated with the Frankfurt School of Philosophers, through life in Mexico, and his work in America from the 1950s to his death in 1980.
Offers an introduction to Socrates, suitable for undergraduate students taking courses in Ancient and Greek Philosophy. This book suggests that it is in fact the Socratic insistence on self-knowledge that makes Socrates at once so pivotal and so elusive for the student of philosophy.
Drawing upon the work of Karl Popper and W.W. Bartley III, this text argues for an approach to rationality freed from authoritarian dependence on reasons and justification. It proposes an objectivist interpretation to make sense of single-case probabilities, even in a deterministic universe.
This is the book that introduced deconstruction as a tool for literary and cultural theorists throughout the English-speaking world, and set the ball rolling for the subsequent controversies over the use of theory to study liuterature.
Explains and explores key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards an understanding of demanding material. This guide begins with the question of 'What is Existentialism?' and then moves on to provide an analysis of the key thinkers, writers and texts - both philosophical and literary - central to existentialism.
Offers an account of Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" - a key philosophical work. This book sets Aristotle's work in context, introduces the major themes and provides a detailed discussion of the key sections and passages of the text. It goes on to explore some of the areas of thought that the "Nicomachean Ethics" has impacted upon.
Jacques Derrida is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. This guide provides students with an introduction to Derrida, the key concepts and ideas associated with his work and the major subjects he addresses. It also introduces Derrida's ideas, work, reception and his wider philosophical and critical influence.
Martin Heidegger is one of the twentieth century's controversial philosophers. This title provides an account of Heidegger's philosophy, suitable for the student who needs to reach an understanding of this important thinker. It covers Heidegger's oeuvre, offering not only exposition of "Being and Time", but also his later work.
It is widely agreed that Plato laid the foundations for the whole history of western thought and, well over 2000 years later, his work is still studied by every student of philosophy. This title provides an account of Plato's philosophy, his major works and ideas, providing a guide to the important thought of this key philosopher.
This book examines Gilles Deleuze's ideas about creativity in the context of lifelong learning, offering an original take on this important contemporary topic using cinematic parallels. Discussing Deleuze's difficult notion of 'counter-actualization' as a form of creative practice, it draws practical consequences for those across a diverse sector.
With an exploration of 2,500 years of Western philosophy. This title takes you from the origins of philosophy to the present day, from Plato to Popper and into the future. It includes thoughts on our modern society, exploring science and democracy, and posing the question: where do we go from here?
Godel, Escher, Bach is a Pulitzer Prize--winning treatise exploring patterns and symbols in the thinking of mathematician Kurt Godel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. A groundbreaking book that has set the standard for interdisciplinary writing. A book every thinking reader must have.
"Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato s Republic that has yet been published, this widely acclaimed work is the first strictly literal translation of a timeless classic. This second ed"
John Harris presents a defence of cloning, by exposing the rhetorical nature of the arguments against it. He tackles each of the myths in turn and argues that some of the most cherished human values, such as the right to start a family and freedom from state control, actually support the case for cloning.
The essays indicate both the history of reflection on ethics in Continental thought as well as its contemporary viability. Readers will find discussions of the ethical as it is treated in the phenomenological, genealogical, deconstructive and discourse ethical currents of Continental philosophy.
* Offers an innovative approach to understanding the Modernist literary mind in Britain. * Helps readers to grasp the intellectual and cultural contexts of literary Modernism. * Organised around contemporary ideas such as Freudianism and eugenics rather than literary genres.
Philosopher, dramatist, rhetorician, Stoic and pragmatist, Seneca was one of the most contradictory figures in ancient Rome, embracing a stern ascetic morality while amassing a fortune under Nero and eventually committing suicide. This biography reveals a life lived perilously in the gap between ideals and reality.
In Matters of the Mind, the distinguished philosopher William Lyons presents a popular and authoritative account of the dramatically different ways in which philosophers have thought about the mind over the last hundred years.
A comprehensive guide to the main positions, debates, key figures and problems as well as important terms in the philosophy of mind, this volume contains entries on historical and contemporary key figures, explaining the importance of the longstanding debates and how the contemporary field has been shaped.
The theme that links the essays in this book, written over 30 years, is the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia, which Isaiah Berlin describes as "the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world".
An introduction to the ideas and writings of the British Idealists. It offers a thorough account of this key philosophical movement. It explores the contribution of British Idealism to contemporary philosophical, political and social debates, emphasising the continuing relevance of the central themes.
Offers a comprehensive introduction to relativism and how it applies to the different parts of the basic, foundational areas of philosophy and, indeed, to every area of human enquiry. This guide provides a summary of the role of relativism in three key academic disciplines: science, politics, and religion.
Introduces Jacques Derrida's major works and ideas by tracing Derrida's reading (and re-reading) of Plato, Aristotle and Hegel throughout his writings. This book encourages the reader to enter Derrida's varied and complex legacy through the moments in Derrida's work that are concerned with the question of origins and beginnings.
Offers an introduction to a central topic in philosophy. This book offers an overview of the key terms, concepts, thinkers and major works in the history of this key area of philosophical thought. It is useful to undergraduate students of moral philosophy and to the general reader curious about how philosophy tackles issues relating to morality.
Explores the power of fashion and its strange irrationality. The author - poet and philosopher - also imagines conversations between Hercules and Atlas, Nature and an Icelander, and the Earth and the Moon, as well as producing a simple essay praising the humble bird.
Various points are raised in this book which illuminate matters in the philosophy of religion and science, showing us why and how anthropology has become such an intellectual disapline. This is both gracefully and comprehensively written.
This new edition of Genevieve Lloyd's classic study of the maleness of reason in philosophy contains a new introduction and bibliographical essay assessing the book's place in the explosion of writing and gender since 1984.