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  • The Great Philosophers:Heideggerby Johnathan Ree

    Orion 2011; US$ 2.99

    Heidegger 1889-1976?We ourselves the entities to be analysed.? With those words, Martin Heidegger launched his assault on the ?sham clarity? of traditional Western thought. We are neither immortal souls nor disembodied intellects, he argues, but finite historical existences. And we are bound to the world by threads of interpretation and misinterpretation... more...

  • The Great Philosophers:Collingwoodby Aaron Ridley

    Orion 2011; US$ 3.99

    R. G. Collingwood 1889-1943Many philosophers have been interested in aesthetics, but Collingwood was passionate about art. His theories were never merely theoretical: aesthetics for him was a vivid, vibrant thing, to be experienced immediately in worked paint and in sculpted stone, in poetry and music.Art and life were no dichotomy for Collingwood... more...

  • The Great Philosophers:Schopenhauerby Michael Tanner

    Orion 2011; US$ 2.99

    Schopenhauer 1788 ? 1860Western philosophy?s most profound and unrelenting pessimist, Schopenhauer hymned the miseries of human existence with a joylessness that was little short of lyrical. Yet he thrilled to the beauties of music and art.How did such deep bleakness and such sublime enthusiasm come to coincide in one man, one mind? Only by squaring... more...

  • The Great Philosophers:Democritusby Paul Cartledge

    Orion 2011; US$ 3.99

    Part of the GREAT PHILOSOPHERS series. Democritus c. 460-c. 370BC The Renaissance's 'Laughing Philosopher'; our own age's 'Prophet of Quark': throughout the modern philosophical tradition, Democritus has been a man little known beyond his labels. Yet if the image of the cheerful ironist understates his true seriousness, that of father of... more...

  • The Great Philosophers: Platoby Bernard Williams

    Orion 2011; US$ 3.99

    Plato c428 ? c348BCWithout the work of Plato, western thought is, quite literally, unthinkable. No single influence has been greater, in every age and in every philosophic field. Even those thinkers who have rejected Plato?s views have found themselves working to an agenda he set.Yet between the neo-platonist interpretations and the anti-platonist... more...

  • The Great Philosophers: Hegelby Raymond Plant

    Orion 2011; US$ 3.99

    Part of the GREAT PHILOSOPHERS series. G.W.F. Hegel 1770-1831 Without Hegel, modern thought is unthinkable. From Marx to Merleau-Pontyh, from Kierkegaard to Nietzsche, those whose ideas have made the modern age have all worked in his shadow. For Hegel's preoccupations have turned out to be our own. The isolation of the individual adrift... more...

  • The Great Philosophers:Berkeleyby David Berman

    Orion 2011; US$ 3.99

    Part of the GREAT PHILOSOPHERS series. George Berkeley 1685-1753 A scientist, theologian and writer on medicine and economics, George Berkeley was in his way a most improbable philosopher. A master of English prose, he was suspicious of language; scornful of abstractions, he looked instead to immediate experience for the basis of his thought.... more...

  • The Great Philosophers: Spinozaby Roger Scruton

    Orion 2011; US$ 2.99

    Born to be misunderstood, Spinoza was a man whose theology was banned for Godlessness. The very virtuosity of his reasoning left logicians unsettled, while even to professional thinkers in our own time, Spinoza has seemed too clever by half. And yet, as Roger Scruton shows in this strikingly readable introduction to the man and... more...

  • The Great Philosophers: Popperby Frederic Raphael

    Orion 2011; US$ 2.99

    Karl Popper 1902-1994The political history of the twentieth century has been full of savage ?certainties?. A similar idea of history warranted the callous savageries of both Marxism and Fascism. They shared a faith in what Karl Popper called ?Historicism?: the belief that the future could be predicted and that man had to align himself with its bloody... more...

  • The Great Philosophers: Socratesby Anthony Gottlieb

    Orion 2011; US$ 3.99

    Socrates 469 ? 399BC?If you put me to death,? Socrates warned his Athenian judges, ?you will not easily find anyone to take my place.? So indeed it would prove, a single cup of hemlock robbing the western philosophical tradition of the man with best claims to be its founding father.Yet Socrates? influence was not so easily to be done away with. His... more...