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  1. The Problems of Philosophy.Bertrand Russell - 1912 - Barnes & Noble.
    Immensely intelligible, thought-provoking guide by Nobel prize-winner considers such topics as the distinction between appearance and reality, the existence and nature of matter, idealism, inductive logic, intuitive knowledge, many other subjects. For students and general readers, there is no finer introduction to philosophy than this informative, affordable and highly readable edition that is "concise, free from technical terms, and perfectly clear to the general reader with no prior knowledge of the subject."—The Booklist of the American Library Association.
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  • Beyond Good and Evil.Friedrich Nietzsche - 1886 - Vintage.
    “Supposing that truth is a women-what then?” This is the very first sentence in Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil . Not very often are philosophers so disarmingly explicit in their intention to discomfort the reader. In fact, one might say that the natural state of Nietzsche’s reader is one of perplexity. Yet it is in the process of overcoming the perplexity that one realizes how rewarding to have one’s ideas challenged. In Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche critiques the mediocre in (...)
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  • Psychological Underpinnings of Philosophy.Steven James Bartlett - 1989 - Metaphilosophy 20 (3-4):295-305.
    A description of the psychological profile of the philosophical personality. ●●●●● -/- 2022 UPDATE: The approach of this paper has been updated and developed further in Chapters 1 and 2 of the author’s 2021 book _Critique of Impure Reason: Horizons of Possibility and Meaning_. The book is available both in a printed edition (under ISBN 978-0-578-88646-6 from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other booksellers) and an Open Access eBook edition (available through Philpapers under the book’s title and other philosophy online (...)
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  • Proving God: The Question of Transcendence and the Limits of Rationality.Timothy J. Crutcher - 2010 - Heythrop Journal 51 (3):430-441.
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  • Animal Minds.John R. Searle - 1994 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 19 (1):206-219.
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  • Scientific Thought.Harold Chapman Brown - 1923 - Journal of Philosophy 20 (25):689-692.
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  • A Short History of Ethics.Hans Oberdiek - 1969 - Journal of Philosophy 66 (9):265-271.
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  • History of Western Philosophy.Bertrand Russell - 1947 - Routledge.
    First published in 1946, _History of Western Philosophy_ went on to become the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. A dazzlingly ambitious project, it remains unchallenged to this day as the ultimate introduction to Western philosophy. Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas that have perplexed people from time immemorial, it is 'long on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly scepticism', as the _New York Times_ noted, and it is this, coupled with the sheer brilliance of its scholarship, that has made (...)
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  • History of Western Philosophy.Bertrand Russell - 2000 - Routledge.
    First published in 1946, _History of Western Philosophy_ went on to become the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. A dazzlingly ambitious project, it remains unchallenged to this day as the ultimate introduction to Western philosophy. Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas that have perplexed people from time immemorial, it is 'long on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly scepticism', as the _New York Times_ noted, and it is this, coupled with the sheer brilliance of its scholarship, that has made (...)
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  • The Problems of Philosophy.Bertrand Russell - 1912 - Mind 21 (84):556-564.
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  • A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy From the Homeric Age to the 20th Century.Alasdair MacIntyre - 1966 - Routledge.
    A Short History of Ethics has over the past thirty years become a key philosophical contribution to studies on morality and ethics. Alasdair MacIntyre writes a new preface for this second edition which looks at the book 'thirty years on' and considers its impact. A Short History of Ethics guides the reader through the history of moral philosophy from the Greeks to contemporary times. MacIntyre emphasises the importance of a historical context to moral concepts and ideas showing the relevance of (...)
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  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.John Locke - 1689 - London, England: Oxford University Press.
    The book also includes a chronological table of significant events, select bibliography, succinct explanatory notes, and an index--all of which supply ...
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  • Truth and Other Enigmas.Michael A. E. Dummett - 1978 - Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press.
    A collection of all but two of the author's philosophical essays and lectures originally published or presented before August 1976.
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  • A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge.George Berkeley & Colin M. Turbayne - 1710 - Auckland, New Zealand: Bobbs-Merrill.
    Thorough introduction to the central ideas of one of the world's greatest philosophers.
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  • Aristotle’s Ethics.J. O. Urmson - 1988 - Blackwell.
    Introduces Aristotle's writings on ethics, and discusses character, intelligence, pleasure, and friendship.
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  • The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: Volume 1.René Descartes - 1984 - Cambridge University Press.
    Volumes I and II provided a completely new translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. Volume III contains 207 of Descartes' letters, over half of which have previously not been translated into English. It incorporates, in its entirety, Anthony Kenny's celebrated translation of selected philosophical letters, first published in 1970. In conjunction with Volumes I and II it is designed to meet the widespread demand for a comprehensive, authoritative and accurate edition (...)
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  • Philosophical Reasoning: A Study in the Methodology of Philosophizing.Nicholas Rescher - 2001 - Wiley.
    This book is a study in the methodology of philosophical inquiry. It expounds and defends the thesis that systematization is the proper instrument of philosophical inquiry and that the effective pursuit of philosophy's mission calls for constructing a doctrinal system that answers our questions in a coherent and comprehensive manner.
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  • Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide.Jenny Teichman & Katherine C. Evans - 1995 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    A direct and wide-ranging introduction to the main themes and problems of philosophy as it is taught in the anglo-american tradition. An ideal primer for beginning undergraduates.
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  • Theological-Political Treatise.Baruch Spinoza - 2001 - Hackett Publishing Company.
    The second edition incorporates Samuel Shirley's pre-eminent translation with corrections of the typographical errors of its first edition, and a new general index. Seymour Feldman has contributed a new Bibliography and notes.
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  • History of Western Philosophy.Bertrand Russell - 2000 - Routledge.
    _''Philosophy' is a word which has been used in many ways, some wider, some narrower. I propose to use it in a very wide sense, which I will now try to explain.'_ - _ Bertrand Russell Nearly forty years since its first publication, History of Western Philosophy_ remains unchallenged as the ultimate introduction to its subject, while claiming classic status in its own right. It is the bestselling philosophy book of the twentieth century and one of the most important philosophical (...)
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  • Understanding Rawls; a Reconstruction and Critique of a Theory of Justice.Robert Paul Wolff - 1977 - Princeton University Press.
    The Description for this book, Understanding Rawls: A Reconstruction and Critique of A Theory of Justice, will be forthcoming.
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  • Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises From Socrates to Foucault.Pierre Hadot (ed.) - 1995 - Wiley.
    This book presents a history of spiritual exercises from Socrates to early Christianity, an account of their decline in modern philosophy, and a discussion of the different conceptions of philosophy that have accompanied the trajectory and fate of the theory and practice of spiritual exercises. Hadot's book demonstrates the extent to which philosophy has been, and still is, above all else a way of seeing and of being in the world.
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  • The Logic of Explanatory Power.Jonah N. Schupbach & Jan Sprenger - 2011 - Philosophy of Science 78 (1):105-127.
    This article introduces and defends a probabilistic measure of the explanatory power that a particular explanans has over its explanandum. To this end, we propose several intuitive, formal conditions of adequacy for an account of explanatory power. Then, we show that these conditions are uniquely satisfied by one particular probabilistic function. We proceed to strengthen the case for this measure of explanatory power by proving several theorems, all of which show that this measure neatly corresponds to our explanatory intuitions. Finally, (...)
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  • Scientific Thought.C. D. Broad - 1923 - Routledge and Kegan Paul.
    First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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  • Empirical Free Will and the Ethics of Moral Responsibility.Bruce N. Waller - 2003 - Journal of Value Inquiry 37 (4):533-542.
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  • Two Dogmas of Philosophy and Other Essays in the Philosophy of Philosophy.Dennis A. Rohatyn - 1977 - Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press.
    The major themes of this study are, first, that philosophy is not a technical enterprise or primarily a branch of knowledge, but a way of life; second, that philosophy cannot be understood apart from its history, and its history cannot be understood apart from the recognition that philosophy does designate a way of life.
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  • Descartes: An Intellectual Biography.Stephen Gaukroger - 1995 - Clarendon Press.
    This is the first intellectual biography of Descartes in English. Stephen Gaukroger provides a rich, authoritative account of Descartes' intellectual and personal development, understood in its historical context, and offers a reassessment of all aspects of his life and work.
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  • The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, Vol. 3: Correspondence, Trans. By John G. Cottingham, Robert Stoothof, Dugald Murdoch, and Anthony Kenny.René Descartes - 1991 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    The Philosophical Writings of Descartes VOLUME 3. Volumes 1 and 2 provide a completely new translation of many of the major works in metaphysics, epistemology, and natural philosophy.
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  • The Philosophy of Science.Richard Boyd, Philip Gasper & J. D. Trout (eds.) - 1991 - MIT Press.
    The more than 40 readings in this anthology cover the most important developments of the past six decades, charting the rise and decline of logical positivism ...
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  • Archetypes of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy.Douglas J. Soccio - 2006 - Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.
    This reader-friendly book examines philosophies and philosophers using an engaging, non-condescending approach that speaks to you at your level.
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  • What Philosophers Know: Case Studies in Recent Analytic Philosophy.Gary Gutting - 2009 - Cambridge University Press.
    Philosophy has never delivered on its promise to settle the great moral and religious questions of human existence, and even most philosophers conclude that it does not offer an established body of disciplinary knowledge. Gary Gutting challenges this view by examining detailed case studies of recent achievements by analytic philosophers such as Quine, Kripke, Gettier, Lewis, Chalmers, Plantinga, Kuhn, Rawls, and Rorty. He shows that these philosophers have indeed produced a substantial body of disciplinary knowledge, but he challenges many common (...)
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  • History of Western Philosophy.Bertrand Russell - 1946 - Routledge.
    First published in 1946, History of Western Philosophy went on to become the best-selling philosophy book of the twentieth century. A dazzlingly ambitious project, it remains unchallenged to this day as the ultimate introduction to Western philosophy. Providing a sophisticated overview of the ideas that have perplexed people from time immemorial, it is 'long on wit, intelligence and curmudgeonly scepticism', as the New York Times noted, and it is this, coupled with the sheer brilliance of its scholarship, that has made (...)
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  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Western Philosophy and Philosophers.J. O. Urmson (ed.) - 1960 - Hutchinson.
    On its first appearance in 1960, J.O. Urmson's Concise encyclopedia of Western philosophy and philosophers established itself as a classic. Its contributors included many of the leading philosophers of the English-speaking world: Ryle, Hare, Strawson, Ayer, Dummett, Williams and many others. They wrote with an authority and individuality which made the Encyclopedia into a lively and engaging introduction to philosophy as well as a convenient reference work. For this edition, supervised by Jonathan Rée, the original articles have been revised and (...)
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  • Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide.Jenny Teichman - 1991 - Blackwell.
    This edition includes a new chapter on scepticism.
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  • A History of Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages.Colette Sirat - 1985 - Editions De La Maison des Sciences De L'Homme.
    This book surveys the vast body of medieval Jewish philosophy, devoting ample discussion to major figures such as Saadiah Gaon, Maimonides, Abraham Ibn Ezra, Judah Halevi, Abraham Ibn Daoud, and Gersonides, as well as presenting the ancillary texts of lesser known authors. Sirat quotes little-known texts, providing commentary and situating them within their historical and philosophical contexts. A comprehensive bibliography directs the reader to the texts themselves and to recent studies.
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  • Philosophical Reasoning: A Study in the Methodology of Philosophizing.Nicholas Rescher - 2001 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    This book is a study in the methodology of philosophical inquiry. It expounds and defends the thesis that systematization is the proper instrument of philosophical inquiry and that the effective pursuit of philosophy's mission calls for constructing a doctrinal system that answers our questions in a coherent and comprehensive manner.
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  • Selected Writings.G. E. Moore - 1993 - Routledge.
    G. E. Moore was one of the most interesting and influential philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century. This selection of his writings makes the best of his work once again available, and also includes previously unpublished writings. Moore's first published writings, represented in this collection by his papers "The Nature of Judgment" and "The Refutation of Idealism," contributed decisively to the break with idealism which led to the development of analytic philosophy. Moore went on to develop his (...)
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  • Philosophy as a Way of Life: Spiritual Exercises From Socrates to Foucault.Pierre Hadot - 1997 - Blackwell.
    This book presents a history of spiritual exercises from Socrates to early Christianity, an account of their decline in modern philosophy, and a discussion of ...
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  • Consciousness: An Introduction.Susan J. Blackmore - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
    Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness? Or is consciousness itself just an illusion? The "last great mystery of science," consciousness was excluded from serious research for most of the last century but is now a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. Recently the topic has also captured growing popular interest. This groundbreaking book is the first volume to bring together all the major theories of consciousness studies--from those rooted in traditional (...)
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  • The Complete Works of Aristotle the Revised Oxford Translation. Aristoteles - 1984 - Princeton University Press, 1984.
    The Oxford Translation of Aristotle was originally published in 12 volumes between 1912 and 1954. It is universally recognized as the standard English version of Aristotle. This revised edition contains the substance of the original Translation, slightly emended in light of recent scholarship three of the original versions have been replaced by new translations and a new and enlarged selection of Fragments has been added. The aim of the translation remains the same: to make the surviving works of Aristotle readily (...)
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  • A History of Atheism in Britain: From Hobbes to Russell.David Berman - 2013 - Routledge.
    Probably no doctrine has excited as much horror and abuse as atheism. This first history of British atheism, first published in 1987, tries to explain this reaction while exhibiting the development of atheism from Hobbes to Russell. Although avowed atheism appeared surprisingly late – 1782 in Britain – there were covert atheists in the middle seventeenth century. By tracing its development from so early a date, Dr Berman gives an account of an important and fascinating strand of intellectual history.
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  • A History of Western Philosophy.G. Watts Cunningham - 1946 - Philosophical Review 55 (6):694.
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  • Observations, Explanatory Power, and Simplicity: Toward a Non-Humean Account.Richard Boyd - 1991 - In Richard Boyd, Philip Gasper & J. D. Trout (eds.), The Philosophy of Science. MIT Press. pp. 349--377.
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  • Truth and Other Enigmas.Michael Dummett - 1978 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 32 (4):419-425.
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  • What is It Like to Be...?Susan J. Blackmore - 2003 - In Consciousness: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.
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  • Understanding Rawls: A Reconciliation and Critique of "A Theory of Justice".R. G. Frey & Robert Paul Wolff - 1979 - Philosophical Quarterly 29 (114):92.
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  • The Problems of Philosophy.Theodore de Laguna - 1913 - Philosophical Review 22 (3):329.
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  • A History of Western Philosophy.Joseph Ratner - 1947 - Mind 56 (222):151-166.
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  • Explanatory Power and Explanatory Appeal of Theories.Anatol Rapoport - 1972 - Synthese 24 (3-4):321 - 342.
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  • Writings 1902-1910.Patrick K. Dooley - 1988 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 16 (51):8-9.
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