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Classics of Western Philosophy is a collection of major philosophical works of the Western World. This chronological anthology features key excerpts from ancient, medieval, & modern philosophers.
by William James
Psychologist William James now stands as one of the true intellectual titans to come out of late 19th century America. With The Will to Believe, first published in 1896, he argues that it is defendable to adopt a certain belief without prior evidence of its truth.
The Enchiridion (or "Handbook") is a classic philosophical text that collects Epictetus' core ethical teachings.
by Ken Wilber
Where is this grand evolution taking us-and how can each of us participate more fully in it? On Kosmic Consciousness, Ken Wilber invites you to find out.
by Paul Strathern
René Descartes spent most of his childhood in solitude, a situation that also came to characterize his adult life.
by Paul Strathern
In an age when philosophers had scarcely glimpsed the horizons of the mind, a boy named Aristocles decided to forgo his ambitions as a wrestler.
by Peter Kreeft
An enthusiastic admirer of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, professor and philosopher Peter Kreeft details the rational thought and precise literary talent that established Aquinas as the foremost thinker of his time—and as the most important philosopher for the almost two thousand years between Aristotle and Descartes.
by James Schmidt
The Enlightenment stands at the threshold of the modern age. It elevated the natural sciences to the preeminent position they enjoy in modern culture. It inaugurated a skepticism toward tradition and authority that decisively shaped modern attitudes in religion, morality, and politics.
David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion had not yet been published when he died in 1776. Even though the manuscript was mostly written during the 1750s, it did not appear until 1779. The subject itself was too delicate and controversial. What should we teach young people about religion?
by John Compton
Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher, is perhaps the best known advocate of existentialism. In this view, no external authority gives life meaning: mankind is radically free and responsible.