Category: Biographies Memoirs Of Philosophers

The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and by Dennis C. Rasmussen

By Dennis C. Rasmussen

The tale of the best of all philosophical friendships—and the way it encouraged sleek thought

David Hume is broadly considered as an important thinker ever to write down in English, yet in the course of his lifetime he used to be attacked as “the nice Infidel” for his skeptical non secular perspectives and deemed undeserving to coach the younger. by contrast, Adam Smith was once a respected professor of ethical philosophy, and is now usually hailed because the founder of capitalism. Remarkably, the 2 have been top buddies for many in their grownup lives, sharing what Dennis Rasmussen calls the best of all philosophical friendships. The Infidel and the Professor is the 1st publication to inform the interesting tale of the friendship of those towering Enlightenment thinkers—and the way it encouraged their world-changing ideas.

The booklet follows Hume and Smith’s dating from their first assembly in 1749 until eventually Hume’s dying in 1776. It describes how they commented on every one other’s writings, supported each one other’s careers and literary objectives, and urged one another on own concerns, such a lot particularly after Hume’s quarrel with Jean-Jacques Rousseau. individuals of a colourful highbrow scene in Enlightenment Scotland, Hume and Smith made a number of the similar associates (and enemies), joined an identical golf equipment, and have been attracted to a number of the comparable matters way past philosophy and economics—from psychology and historical past to politics and Britain’s clash with the yankee colonies. The e-book unearths that Smith’s deepest non secular perspectives have been significantly toward Hume’s public ones than is generally believed. It additionally exhibits that Hume contributed extra to economics—and Smith contributed extra to philosophy—than is usually recognized.

Vividly written, The Infidel and the Professor is a compelling account of a very good friendship that had nice results for contemporary thought.

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Unveiling the Mystery of Life and Death by Dr. Sylvie Daniel Bidot

By Dr. Sylvie Daniel Bidot

"Honest tale of private devastation, therapeutic and religious seek. magnificent mixing: own narrative, lifestyles classes, poetry and philosophy, river and ocean as one; river of lifestyles flowing into the sea. —Brother Satyananda Self-Realization Fellowship

This ebook is without doubt one of the noblest works that i've got ever learn. Its topic finds the magic and internal fantastic thing about the soul of a queen of good looks. —Ghada Samman, a author, a poetess, and a novelist. Her paintings has been translated to many languages.

I was once enticed to learn the booklet with an avid hope and flavor its overwhelming grief, as if grief dwelt no longer in my lifestyles nor has it shrouded my heart’s throbbing. it's a specified love tale, pregnant with a cloud that pours down tears rather than water. —Jumanah Taha, a well known inventive author and poetess

This ebook can also be an autobiography of the soul that triumphs over the alternating life’s occasions and affairs; for the soul is yet god’s rays. —Dr. Issa Boullata, McGill collage, Canada

This is a concise autobiography, crafted in an enthralling variety equivalent to a unique, and whole of poetic insights.This is the sotry of a lady of robust will and religion, capable of pull herself out from the depths of a lifetime of sorrow, suffering and the anguish that haunted her following the lack of her liked son and mom in a sad coincidence. She made a awake choice to proceed to steer her peaceable existence, fi nding which means in elevating her daughter with a similar values she used to be raised by way of her personal parents.

Her personal prepared instincts guided her to hunt the works of the good spiritualists, and there she indulged herself in examining and studying a lot. i discovered it a pleasure to learn Dr. Sylvie’s booklet and to profit of the knowledge derived from her personal exact own experiences.—Dr. Bassam Frangieh, Yale University"

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Apology Of Socrates And Crito by Plato

By Plato

This classic booklet includes the 4 dialogues among Socrates and Plato that chronicle the elder’s ultimate days. Socrates (470/469 – 399 BC) used to be an Athenian thinker thought of to be one of many founding fathers of Western philosophy. Plato (424/423 – 348/347 BC) was once a Greek thinker who based the 1st establishment of upper studying within the Western international, the Academy in Athens. This quantity is extremely prompt for an individual with an curiosity in philosophy and the existence and brain of Socrates. Contents comprise: "Introduction", "The Apology Of Socrates", "Introduction to the Crito", "Crito; Or, the obligation Of A Citizen", "Introduction To The Phædo", and "Phædo; Or, The Immortality Of The Soul". Many classic books equivalent to this have gotten more and more infrequent and dear. we're republishing this quantity now in a reasonable, sleek, fine quality version whole with a especially commissioned new introduction.

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Kierkegaard's Muse: The Mystery of Regine Olsen by Joakim Garff

By Joakim Garff

The first biography of Kierkegaard's literary muse and one-time fiancée, from the writer of the definitive biography of the philosopher

Kierkegaard's Muse, the 1st biography of Regine Olsen (1822–1904), the literary concept and one-time fiancée of Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard, is a relocating portrait of a protracted romantic fever that had momentous literary effects. Drawing on a couple of hundred formerly unknown letters through Regine that acclaimed Kierkegaard biographer Joakim Garff stumbled on by accident, the ebook tells the tale of Kierkegaard and Regine's mysterious courting extra totally and vividly than ever prior to, laying off new gentle on her impression on his lifestyles and writings.

Like Dante's Beatrice, Regine is without doubt one of the nice muses of literary heritage. Kierkegaard proposed to her in 1840, yet broke off the engagement a 12 months later. After their holiday, they observed one another strikingly usually, inside of dimly lit church buildings, at the streets of Copenhagen, and at the paths alongside the outdated urban ramparts, passing by way of with out uttering a word.

Despite or due to their separation in existence, Kierkegaard made Regine his literary existence better half, "that unmarried person" to whom he committed all his works. Garff exhibits how Regine grew to become a poetic presence within the widespread erotic conflicts stumbled on all through Kierkegaard's writings, from the well-known "Seducer's Diary" account in their dating to diary entries made presently earlier than his dying in 1855. In flip, Regine remained preoccupied with Kierkegaard until eventually her personal dying nearly fifty years later, and her newly chanced on letters, written to her sister Cornelia, exhibit for the 1st time a lady of flesh and blood.

A psychologically acute narrative that's as gripping as a singular, Kierkegaard's Muse is an unforgettable account of a wild, unusual, and poignant romance that made an indelible mark on literary history.

Some pictures contained in the booklet are unavailable because of electronic copyright restrictions.

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Theology's Epistemological Dilemma: How Karl Barth and Alvin by Kevin Diller

By Kevin Diller

the matter of religion and cause is as outdated as Christianity itself. cutting-edge philosophical, clinical and ancient demanding situations make the epistemic challenge inescapable for believers. Can religion justify its claims? Does religion provide us self belief within the truth? Is believing with simple task a advantage or a vice?

In Theologys Epistemological Dilemma, Kevin Diller addresses this challenge through drawing on of the main major responses in fresh Christian concept: Karl Barth's theology of revelation and Alvin Plantinga's epistemology of Christian trust. this can strike many as not going, given the typical stereotypes of either thinkers. opposite to frequent false impression, Diller deals a studying of either as complementary to one another: Barth presents what Plantinga lacks in theological intensity, whereas Plantinga offers what Barth lacks in philosophical readability. Diller provides a unified Barth/Plantinga thought for theological epistemology able to responding with out anxiousness to the questions that face believers today.

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Arendt and America by Richard H. King

By Richard H. King

German-Jewish political thinker Hannah Arendt (1906–75) fled from the Nazis to big apple in 1941, and through the following thirty years in the USA she wrote her best-known and such a lot influential works, resembling The Human situation, The Origins of Totalitarianism, and On Revolution. but, although a considerable section of her oeuvre was once written in the US, now not Europe, nobody has at once thought of the impression of the USA on her thought—until now. In Arendt and America, historian Richard H. King argues that whereas all of Arendt’s paintings was once haunted by way of her adventure of totalitarianism, it used to be in basic terms in her followed native land that she was once capable of formulate the belief of the fashionable republic as a substitute to totalitarian rule.


Situating Arendt in the context of U.S. highbrow, political, and social background, King unearths how Arendt built a fascination with the political considered the Founding Fathers. King additionally re-creates her highbrow exchanges with American pals and associates, similar to Dwight Macdonald and Mary McCarthy, and exhibits how her energetic correspondence with sociologist David Riesman helped her comprehend glossy American tradition and society. within the final component of Arendt and America, King units out the context within which the Eichmann controversy came about and follows the controversy approximately “the banality of evil” that has endured ever due to the fact.  As King exhibits, Arendt’s paintings, despite concentration, was once formed via postwar American suggestion, tradition, and politics, together with the Civil Rights circulate and the chilly War.

For Arendt, the U.S. used to be even more than a shelter from Nazi Germany; it used to be a stimulus to reconsider the political, moral, and ancient traditions of human tradition. This authoritative blend of highbrow historical past and biography bargains a distinct process for considering the impression of the US on Arendt’s principles and in addition the impression of her principles on American thought.

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Antonio Caso, Philosopher of Mexico: Philosopher of Mexico by John H. Haddox

By John H. Haddox

Few males have had as a lot cultural and academic impact on their lonesome nations because the thinker and educator Antonio Caso (1883-1946). He was once peculiarly a patriot of his loved Mexico, and he sought to convey his humanitarian message to his countrymen.

In his adolescence, after the insurrection opposed to Díaz, he was once a member of the Ateneo de los angeles Juventud, a bunch that sought to convey Mexico, spiritually and economically, again to the Mexicans. Caso learned that this attempt concerned the forming of a countrywide cognizance between his humans, whom he observed divided through their deepest and public interests.

As an educator of Mexican adolescence for greater than thirty years, Caso sought to imbue in his scholars the need to go looking and to question. He observed schooling as a perpetual look for fact, and his personal existence and philosophy replicate this seek. He rejected any method that proposed to explain all of truth, and he despised all dogmas—official or unofficial. He quite fought opposed to positivism and Marxism, structures present in his youth.

The first a part of this ebook is an creation to the philosophical and academic rules of Caso, in addition to to the highbrow and political principles in his existence. Mr. Haddox skillfully exhibits the improvement of Caso's principles and the way they took form from his personal interpreting in addition to from the studies of his age and of his kingdom. the second one half comprises Mr. Haddox's translations of decisions from Caso's writings. they provide a relocating photo of Caso's hopes for Mexico and for humanitiy.

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Tagebuch eines Philosophen (Fröhliche Wissenschaft) (German by Alexandre Kojève,Simon Missal

By Alexandre Kojève,Simon Missal

Er nannte sich selbst »Sonntagsphilosoph«, schuf eine epochale Hegel-Interpretation, die auf das Werk von Bataille, Breton, Lacan und Derrida ausstrahlte, spionierte wahrscheinlich für den KGB und conflict Co-Architekt des europäischen Wirtschaftsraums: Kaum ein Denker des 20. Jahrhunderts griff so lustvoll und verschiedentlich in die Geschichte ein wie Alexandre Kojève. Dass schon dem achtzehnjährigen Kojève ein anderes Leben als natural Zumutung erschienen wäre, zeigt sein »Tagebuch eines Philosophen«, das Erinnerungen, Reflexionen und Gedichte des gerade nach Westeuropa aufgebrochenen Studenten versammelt.

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Jean Piaget and Neuchâtel: The Learner and the Scholar by Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont,Jean-Marc Barrelet

By Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont,Jean-Marc Barrelet

Jean Piaget is extensively stated as some of the most vital students of the twentieth century. His passionate philosophical look for an knowing of the character of data led him to make significant contributions to the learn of kid improvement and epistemology. yet how did his formative years in Neuchâtel encourage him to embark in this seek?

Taking a socio-historical and cultural standpoint, this booklet outlines the improvement of Piaget's figuring out of significant matters concerning brain, religion, technology, common sense, peace, and social rights in a time of anxiety. and international wars The overseas and multidisciplinary participants examine Piaget the adolescent as he starts his quest for autonomy of cause and units out to create his personal explanatory procedure for cognitive progress. The latter a part of the e-book is going directly to contemplate the early reception of Piaget's paintings in several cultural contexts and his effect on problems with psychology and academic reform.

Piaget's theoretical method might be noticeable as an expression of the values he constructed in the course of his adolescence and early life as he sought for the stipulations of reciprocal relationships and rational dialogues. Jean Piaget and Neuchâtel demonstrates that during ultra-modern weather, the questions Piaget addressed stay very proper and invite new enquiries from diversified standpoints. This ebook will accordingly be of curiosity to psychologists, educators, and philosophers.

This ebook is released with the aid of professional Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.

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Edith Stein Letters to Roman Ingarden: Edith Stein by Edith Stein,Hugh Candler Hunt

By Edith Stein,Hugh Candler Hunt

Edith Stein and Roman Ingarden, either scholars of Edmund Husserl, the founding father of phenomenology, corresponded widely among 1917 and 1938. those 162 letters, so much released the following for the 1st time, show a friendship that spanned the grownup lives of those very important 20th-century thinkers.

Through Stein’s letters, the reader can keep on with her via her pupil days, her conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, her expert existence, and her determination to turn into a Carmelite nun within the Carmel of Cologne, the place she took the identify Teresa Benedicta of the pass. The letters lead to 1938, whilst the Nazi possibility escalating all through jap Europe made correspondence tough, specially throughout nationwide borders. 4 years later Edith Stein was once arrested within the Netherlands by way of the Nazi SS, transported to Auschwitz, and was once killed within the fuel chambers. Roman Ingarden survived international battle II, persisted his educational paintings in Poland, and died in 1970.

Although Ingarden’s letters to her haven't been chanced on, Stein’s to him additionally support us comprehend the lifetime of this Polish phenomenologist and aesthetician, his existence in Poland, his highbrow improvement, his personal writings and educational occupation, and the editorial counsel Stein supplied for the entire works he released in German.

Translated from the most recent severe German version via Dr. Hugh Candler Hunt, this foremost English version of her correspondence—volume 12 of ICS courses’ accrued Works of Edith Stein—gives us a desirable and intimate window into Edith Stein’s wealthy lifestyles and character, revealing her heat and humor, deep skill for friendship, and memorable highbrow and non secular depth.

Book includes13 photographs, bibliography and a completely associated index.

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