Plato For Beginners. The Republic

The major work by the Greek philosopher Plato (427-347 B.C.), ›The Republic‹ (›Politeia‹) was written in about 370 B.C. Taking as a starting point the question, 'What is justice and how it can be achieved?', Socrates' great pupil and Aristotle's teacher created an image of a state founded on a ...

A User's Guide to Philosophy

Weighty Books Lightly Packaged OR Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Categorical Imperative.

They made history and will be found in bookcases the world over - though largely unread: the classics of philosophy such as Kant's ›Critique of Pure ...
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Plato for Beginners. Symposion

A Reading Introduction

The ›Symposium‹ is probably both the best known and the most influential of Plato's Dialogues. Penned by the great Greek philosopher around 380 BC, the discourse at this banquet focuses on Eros as the single desire that can transport us from the sensual radiance of the external appearance of ...

Epictetus for Beginners. Discourses. Small Handbook of Morals

»Within ourselves lies both downfall and salvation. « This is one of the many well-known philosophical insights of the eminent stoic Epictetus, whose teachings - as is the case with those of Socrates - have been handed down to us only through his pupil Flavius Arrianus. Born around 50 A.D. in ...

Pre-Socratic Thought for Beginners

This volume takes us back to the beginnings of western philosophy - to the time from the 7th century until the 4th century BC, introducing the philosophers before Socrates and the sophists, some of whom were contemporaries of the great Greek himself.

Thales of Miletus is the principle ...

Nietzsche for Beginners. Ecce Homo

A Reading Introduction.

The work 'Ecce homo', an autobiographical-philosophical text, was written in 1888-1889 and published posthumously in 1908. It is Friedrich Nietzsche's revealing self-interpretation, important above all for his look back on his works. The euphoric and irrefutable tone of the text requires special ...

Wisdom for the Day After Tomorrow

Underlinings from the Estate (1869-1889)

'Wisdom for the day after tomorrow' is the title Nietzsche had wanted to give to a collection of his various fragmented ideas, as it says in his notebook of autumn 1888 - essentially a prologue to his planned but never executed major work 'The Will to Power'. This book is the attempt to ...
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Adam Smith for Beginners. The Wealth of Nations

A Reading Introduction.

A Scottish moral philosopher - the father of modern economics.

It is clear that Adam Smith (1723 - 1790) was not only a political economist but also a moral philosopher, as can be seen in his famous work 'The Wealth of Nations'. This extensive work, first published in 1776, is not only ...
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Schopenhauer for Beginners. The World as Will and Representation

A Reading Introduction.

The key to Schopenhauer's work!

'Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung', the major work of Arthur Schopenhauer, is known to many but read by few. Anyone who wishes to analyze whether Schopenhauer's criticism of reason was really so pessimistic and where its fascination with literature and ...
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Kierkegaard for Beginners. Either - Or

A Reading Introduction.

Sören Kierkegaard's famous 1843 work examines Hegel's dialectic. The two parts of which it consists - the papers of A, the aesthetic, and B, the moralist - unfold two controversial philosophies of life in diary entries, aphorisms, essays and letters.

For the first time in European ...
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Hegel for Beginners. The Phenomenology of the Mind

A Reading Introduction.

According to Ralf Ludwig, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770 - 1831) perfected German idealism and drafted the most comprehensive and homogeneous system of German philosophy. His most prominent student was Karl Marx, and his most famous work is the 'Phänomenologie des Geistes', written in 1807.

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Finding the Meaning of Life in the Everyday. A Practical Guidebook

An internal treasure there for the taking

Ikigai: this resonant Japanese term stands for the joy that comes with finding meaning in life and consequently concentrating on the things that are truly worthwhile. Research shows that those with high ikigai levels not only lead a more ...

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