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  • Political Philosophy: All That Mattersby Johanna Oksala

    Hodder & Stoughton 2013; US$ 6.99

    What is political philosophy? A philosophical study of political ideas such as authority, freedom, justice and democracy? An inquiry into the best form of government? An attempt to rationally justify forms of authority? Johanna Oksana asks exactly these questions as she opens this brilliant new guide to political philosophy. Rather than attempting... more...

  • Indeterminacy and Societyby Russell Hardin

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 31.95 US$ 25.56

    In simple action theory, when people choose between courses of action, they know what the outcome will be. When an individual is making a choice "against nature," such as switching on a light, that assumption may hold true. But in strategic interaction outcomes, indeterminacy is pervasive and often intractable. Whether one is choosing for oneself... more...

  • Cities, Real and Idealby David Weissman

    De Gruyter 2010; US$ 141.48

    Cities are conspicuous among settlements because of their bulk and pace: Venice, Paris, or New York. Each is distinctive, but all share a social structure that mixes systems (families, businesses, and schools), their members, and a public regulator. Cities alter this structure in ways specific to themselves: orchestras play music too elaborate... more...

  • Wittgenstein's Doctrine of the Tyranny of Language: An Historical and Critical Examination of His Blue Bookby M. Engel

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 130.64

    STEPHEN TOULMIN George Santayana used to insist that those who are ignorant of the history of thought are doomed to re-enact it. To this we can add a corollary: that those who are ignorant of the context of ideas are doom­ ed to misunderstand them. In a few self-contained fields such as pure mathematics, concepts and conceptual systems can perhaps... more...

  • Action: An Analysis of the Conceptby D. Rayfield

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 83.82

    During the past decade, there has been considerable interest among philosophers in providing a philosophically satisfactory and helpful ana­ lysis of a particular type of human behavior called action. As I see it, this interest is a renewal of the efforts of Aristotle, in Ethica Nicomachea, to provide an analysis of voluntary action. Because of this,... more...

  • The Political Philosophy of Giambattista Vicoby F. Vaughan

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 72.93

    It would be an understatement to say that the New Science is difficult to read. Most contemporary readers conclude with a Russian scholar that Vico's thought "is expressed in extremely naive forms, profound thoughts are interspersed with all sorts of pedantic trifles, the exposition is very confusing, yet it is beyond doubt that the basic idea is a... more...

  • The Quest for the Absoluteby F.J. Adelmann

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 83.82

    Hegel once said that philosophy is the "world stood on its head" and Karl Marx credited his own philosophic genius with setting the Hegel­ ian world right side up again. But both of these intellectual Atlases of the philosophical sphere that hid before our mind's eye a symbol bears further reflection. Philosophy down the ages has always involved at... more...

  • The Abdication of Philosophy = The Abdication of Manby G.A. Rauche

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 92.53

    We live in a time of functionalism, operationalism and technologism with all its levelling, depersonalising and dehumanising effects. In such an age, the question arises of philosophy as critical, reflective theory about the world, man's position and purpose in the world and the relationship between philosophy and man as a free individual. This book... more...

  • Essential Societyby E. Laszlo

    Springer Netherlands 2012; US$ 97.97

    There are greatly divergent modes of thinking and widely differing problems subsumed as belonging to the domain of eontemporary philosophy. Some philosophers may weil find that they have little more in eommon with their coileagues than their interest in exposing a problem on the level of thought, systematically, and with the optimum regard for the... more...