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  • The Hemlock Cupby Bettany Hughes

    Random House 2011; US$ 16.33

    We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did. His aphorism 'The unexamined life is not worth living' may have originated twenty-five centuries ago, but it is a founding principle of modern life. For seventy years Socrates was a vigorous citizen of Golden Age Athens, philosophising in the squares and public arenas rather than in... more...

  • The Element of Fire (Routledge Revivals)by Anthony O'Hear

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 120.00

    First published in 1988, the aim of this book can be stated in Nietzsche?s words: ?To look at science from the perspective of the artist, but at art from that of life?. The title contests the notions that science alone can provide us with the most objective truth about the world, and that artistic endeavour can produce nothing more valuable than entertainment.... more...

  • Ethicsby Benedictus de Spinoza; R. H. M. Elwes

    The Floating Press 1951; US$ 5.95

    Ethics is a philosophical book written by Benedictus de Spinoza. Although published after Spinoza's death, in 1677, it is considered his greatest and most famous work. In it, Spinoza tries to set out a "fully cohesive philosophical system that strives to provide a coherent picture of reality and to comprehend the meaning of an ethical life.... more...

  • The Critique of Pure Reasonby Immanuel Kant; J. M. D. Meiklejohn

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 3.95

    The Critique of Pure Reason is one of the seminal texts of Western philosophy, and the first of Kant's three Critiques. In it he takes up Hume's argument that cause and effect cannot be experienced by the senses. Hume argued that we experience events one after the other, but not that one event is caused by the preceding event. Kant argues that... more...

  • The Consolation of Philosophyby Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius; H. R. James

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 6.99

    The book called 'The Consolation of Philosophy' was throughout the Middle Ages, and down to the beginnings of the modern epoch in the sixteenth century, the scholar's familiar companion. Few books have exercised a wider influence in their time. It has been translated into every European tongue, and into English nearly a dozen times, from... more...

  • The Critique of Practical Reasonby Immanuel Kant; Thomas Kingsmill Abbott

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    The Critique of Practical Reason is the second of Kant's three Critiques, following Critique of Pure Reason . In it he distinguishes between actual practical reason and desire-based practical reason, arguing for the first and against the application of the second. He sees practical reason as something to be cultivated and moreover believes Freedom... more...

  • The Metaphysical Elements of Ethicsby Immanuel Kant; Thomas Kingsmill Abbott

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    If there exists on any subject a philosophy (that is, a system of rational knowledge based on concepts), then there must also be for this philosophy a system of pure rational concepts, independent of any condition of intuition, in other words, a metaphysic. It may be asked whether metaphysical elements are required also for every practical philosophy,... more...

  • A Treatise of Human Natureby David Hume

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.99

    A Treatise of Human Nature , first published between 1739 and 1740, is a philosophical text by the Scottish philosopher David Hume. The work contains three books: "Of the Understanding", "Of the Passions" and "Of Morals". Written by Hume when he was 26, it is considered by many to be Hume's best work and one of the... more...

  • Autobiography of John Stuart Millby John Stuart Mill

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873) was a great liberal thinker of the nineteenth century, a noted philosopher, political theorist, and Member of Parliament. Mill was given a disciplined upbringing, his father deliberately shielding him from other children with the express aim of creating a philosophical genius to carry the mantle of utilitarianism,... more...

  • Utilitarianismby John Stuart Mill

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99

    Utilitarianism is philosopher John Stuart Mill's defense and advocacy of utilitarian ethics. First appearing in three magazine articles, this essay was first gathered into a single book in 1863. While Mill discusses utilitarian ethical principles in some of his other writings such as On Liberty and The Subjection of Women , Utilitarianism is Mill's... more...